On October 31st, Nintendo of America decided to present its Club Nintendo members with a special give-away: for the price of 500 coins (which is easily earned by purchasing and registering six games) you could obtain an official 3DS XL Charging Cradle. Unlike the standard black one that can be found on the shelves of retail shops, Nintendo’s limited offer came in multiple colours such as blue, yellow, green, red and white. If you weren’t among the lucky few that managed to snap these up and were hoping for another chance, then we have some bad news for you.
It seems that the new variety of colours was very popular, but the small gadget isn’t just pretty: it’s also useful. A lot of Club Nintendo members were looking forward to get their hands on one the cradles. When the item went online, it didn’t even take 45 minutes for it to be sold out. While the time window was already very short, a lot of people reported that they had problems with their purchases before they could even look at the product. The website was flooded with requests which lead to several loading errors.
Needless to say, a lot of people went online that afternoon, only to learn that the product has already been sold out, as such many Coins remain unspent. Some of those disappointed persons contacted the Club Nintendo Customer Service in order to ask the burning question: will the 3DS XL Charging Cradle be available on Club Nintendo again? Reddit user Microtic shared the following:
“Thanks for contacting us about the Nintendo 3DS XL Charging Cradle. Please note that this reward was produced in limited quantities, so it is unlikely that we’ll be getting more in stock.
That being said, I will certainly document your interest in this particular reward on the record of feedback for this item. If additional supplies become available again in the future, we’ll be sure to update the Rewards section of Club Nintendo (https://club.nintendo.com/rewards.do). Since we’ll be unable to alert you if this happens, we ask that you check back periodically.”
This doesn’t just crush the hopes of the rest of the American community, who were looking out for another chance to get their hands on a coloured 3DS XL Charging Cradle, but also the hopes of the European and Australian market which couldn’t obtain any of these limited items at all.
If you really want a coloured 3DS XL Charging Cradle, you could try your luck on eBay. A few of the 3DS XL Charging Cradles can be found there, even if the price for them is rather exaggerated. It starts at $30 each, going up to $60. If the prices are way too high for you, your only option is to hope that Nintendo reconsider producing another batch of them.
If you don’t care about the cradle’s colour, you can still go for the black one from Nintendo which is sold at a price of $19.00. For the case that you are talented enough, you may even want to consider colouring it yourself in order your 3DS’ colour.
This little dock station requires a 3DS AC cable which is plugged into the accessory. After finishing the set-up, all you need to do in order to charge your 3DS XL is place it on-top of the docking station. For those of you who’d like to take a look at the 3DS XL Charging Cradle yourselves, Nintendo Everything made a hands-on video which you can watch below.