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Nintendo offering refurbished 3DS, DSi XL consoles through online store

Looking for a Nintendo 3DS on the cheap? You could scour the net and purchase one from a potentially shady seller. Or, you could buy a refurbished one directly from Nintendo.

The gaming giant just began offering refurbished 3DS and DSi XL systems through its online store. If you're wary of buying a used system, then get this — the refurbished products come with the same one-year warranty offered on new products.

"Authentic Nintendo Refurbished Products are the only refurbished products in the market that have been cleaned, tested, and inspected to meet Nintendo's high standards," the company said. They "are guaranteed to be fully functional, but may have minor cosmetic blemishes."

On the downside, however, returns or refunds are not allowed for refurbished systems.

The used systems start at $99.99 (£65) for the DSi XL and $129.99 (£85) for the 3DS. That's a discount of about $30 (£20) off the price of a new DSi XL, and $40 (£25) for the 3DS.

Nintendo currently has a number of different variants up for sale in its refurbished section, including the 3DS in either Aqua Blue or Midnight Purple, and the DSi XL in either Aqua Blue or Metallic Rose. You can also get a used 3DS packaged with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for $169.98 (£110), or a used DSi XL with Mario Kart DS for $129.98 (£85).

Nintendo is, of course, not the only tech company to offer refurbished products. Apple has long offered certified refurbished devices in its online store.

Meanwhile, Nintendo earlier this month announced a list of games arriving for the 3DS and Wii U this year, including an all-new Legend of Zelda title.