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The big Pocket Gamer accessory guide 2017 – 3DS accessories

What do you buy the avid Nintendo 3DS owner who already has stacks of games? Even more games, of course. PG can always point you in the right direction there – it’s kind of what we do.

But there’s also a booming trade in accessories for Nintendo’s current handheld, just as there has been ever since the days of the original Game Boy. What’s more, because of the way the 3DS has evolved over its lifespan, some of those accessories add whole new functions to the console.

Whether you’re personalising your New Nintendo 3DS with a new faceplate, scouting for a cool case to lug it around in, or simply on the look-out for a charger, here are some top 3DS accessories.

Nintendo Power Adapter

It still slightly befuddles us that the latest 3DS models don’t come with a power charger. Crazy! Fortunately, you can pick up an official Nintendo unit for not a lot of money if you shop around.

Suggested price: £10
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DelTex USB Power Charger Cable

Of course, you don’t have to buy Nintendo’s official charger. In fact, all you really need is this cable (or some other cheap third party variant) and the plug bit of your smartphone charger.

Suggested price: £3
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New Nintendo 3DS Charging Cradle

Sorry to harp on about this charging malarkey, but the truth is that it’s the main thing you’ll be doing with your 3DS other than playing it. This charging cradle takes a lot of the fiddle out of the process, letting you simply sit the device in a stand when you need some juice.

Suggested price: £13.25
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The Legend of Zelda: Adventurer’s Pouch Kit

We don’t really care if this is the best or most practical 3DS case on the market (it’s not). The Zelda Pouch Kit makes you want to hook it to your belt and scamper off for an adventure in the woods. It also features two Zelda-themed styluses, a Hyrule map and a cleaning cloth.

Suggested price: £45
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NFC amiibo Reader/Writer

If you’re still rocking one of the old 3DS models or a 2DS, then you won’t have the ability to scan in Nintendo’s cool amiibo figures for bonus features in certain games. Don’t worry though – just buy this little gadget, which acts as a wireless intermediary between amiibo and handheld.

Suggested price: £17
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Cover Plates for New 3DS

If you do have a New 3DS, you’ve got yourself the most customisable system on the market. You can buy Cover Plates that snap onto the top and bottom halves, instantly giving your handheld a new look.

Suggested price: £11-15
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Circle Pad Pro

Like the NFC reader, the Circle Pad Pro adds a new function to older 3DS models. In this case it’s a secondary analogue nubbin and extra buttons, the former of which makes many games more playable – particularly third-person games with twitchy cameras.

Suggested price: £20
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Keten Case for New 3DS/New 3DS XL

If you’re going on a long trip and want to keep your New 3DS, games, and charger all together and safe, this looks like a good bet. It’s a hard, structured case with space for the console, eight games, a charger, and a more heavy-duty stylus.

Suggested price: £12
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Hori Retro Zelda Hard Pouch for Nintendo 3DS XL

Hori makes quality stuff. In fact, you’ll find this licensed product featured on the Nintendo website. You can get this hard case with a variety of designs, but we particularly love this 8-bit Link one. There’s a pouch for carrying up to six games, too.

Suggested price: £20
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Write & Protect Pack

The stock stylus is pretty small and uncomfortable to use for long spells. This officially licensed pack of four luxury styluses will take care of that. They’re of varying shapes and sizes, so you’re bound to find one that suits your hands, and they’re telescopic for comfort without sacrificing portability.

Suggested price: £10
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