During the recent Nintendo Direct event, the company confirmed the release of the New 3DSXL software on February 13 in North America, yet made the peculiar announcement that the system won’t come with a charger included in the box.

Nintendo told IGN that this was a way to save costs for consumers who may already own a 3DS or DSi system. “New Nintendo 3DS XL uses the same AC adapter as any Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo DSi system,” Nintendo told IGN. “Rather than raise cost of New Nintendo 3DS XL by charging consumers for a component they may already own, we are giving them the option to only buy if they need an AC adapter.”

The problem lays with those who don’t already own a previously released DS or 3DS system. Both Amazon and GameStop have revealed their own house-brand chargers for those who would need to purchase one. The GameStop one seems to be the better deal at the moment since the cord is USB on the end, meaning you could plug it into any available USB slot to charge your device.

Let us know in the comments what you think about this slightly controversial move by Nintendo. Do you think it’s worth cutting the cost of the device by likely only $20-$30 by excluding the charger?

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