Twitter user Kaboo Factory recently recounted how much Nintendo charged him for first gen Nintendo 3DS parts. It was surprisingly low.

According to Kaboo Factory, he told Nintendo he couldn’t turn on his first-gen Nintendo 3DS and asked the company to fix it. Nintendo explained that main circuit board and the battery needed to be swapped, also adding that the handheld was in bad shape and was changing out the slide pad and face buttons.


How much did Nintendo ask for all these parts?

71 yen.

71 yen?

71 yen. That is is 67 cents. And that’s, apparently, without a warranty. As Kaboo Factory, all those parts should cost much more, but perhaps since the first-gen 3DS isn’t in production, Nintendo didn’t want to rack up huge service charges for its customers, especially as sometimes it’s parents sending a child’s broken handheld in.


Nintendo did charge a repair fee (only 2,442 yen or $23), which seems like it could’ve been even more expensive.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.

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