Buy an official 3DS battery while you still can!


With all the talk of the eShop closing, I've been playing the 3DS more than I have in a while (currently playing Dragon Quest VIII, which is just a wonder to replay after all these years since the PS2 version). With that in mind, I realized that batteries don't last forever, so hopefully replacing the very old battery this late in life while Nintendo still sells them would give one of my favorite consoles a new lease on life.

If you're interested, the XL battery is [here]( for $14.99; you can get free shipping if you find a few other items to hit $50.

Regular 2DS/3DS battery is [here](

I was going to recommend that anyone with a WiiU go ahead and purchase a replacement battery or, better yet, the extended-play version Nintendo released, but I'm not seeing it on their site now, which is a bummer.

I just thought I'd toss that out there (sorry if someone else has already) since it occurred to me and has really improved my playtime.



nintendo doesn't sell the wii u extended batteries direct anymore but ifixit still does

No KTR-003. :frowning:

@"golok"#p109534 you can get these on [ali]( too.

@“connrrr”#p109539 heck, is that the non-XL new 3ds model?

@“SlumWolf”#p109616 yes, aka KTR-001 (for its codename Project Kontrolle).

I‘m hesitant to advise folks to buy a new battery just to have and because it’s Nintendo branded. Although since a lot of 3DS systems are over a decade old, it can't hurt to swap out the battery. Lithium-ion batteries are destined to die (and potentially puff up/explode).

However, I don't think there's any reason to prefer an official Nintendo branded battery over a third-party replacement. The official one *might* be a little better when it's brand new but if you're putting it on the shelf for to swap out 5 years down the line, I'd wager a new third-party battery would be at least just as good. There are folks still making new batteries compatible with Game Boy Advance, PSP, original DS, etc. I think 3DS will keep seeing unofficial battery support for years to come!

@“Nemoide”#p109641 I almost certainly would have still ordered an ali battery for my 3DS last year even if Nintendo had official OEM KTR-003s in stock. I do think it's neat that they have any 3DS parts in stock at all, but I would also be worried about how long those batteries have been sitting aging on a warehouse shelf.

What are you even getting for the markup and obscene shipping rate besides branding? The specs aren't any different, and they all come from the same factories in China.

So my sad face is just that my favourite model gets no love lol

@“Nemoide”#p109641 The impetus behind this post was the inherent age of the system and the relative trustworthiness of an official battery, at least in my experience. It requires no research on my part to know if a given battery is of low quality elsewhere and the tried and true original is a very affordable price currently. Buying one “just to have one” isn‘t a bad idea either, but that wasn’t really why I bought one. The new battery immediately doubled my battery life with no sudden shutdown shortly after going red, so that was well worth the purchase. Where one buys it is certainly up to them.

For what it’s worth, I replaced my New 3DS XL battery with an iFixit model back in Jan 2022 and it’s been serving me well since then. Still ordered one of these to keep in reserve—thx @SHC !

@“kory”#p109662 I‘m really glad to hear other sources exist for most of these batteries, and that they’re trustworthy. I hadn't realized just how bad my 3DSXL battery had gotten until I replaced the thing.

Darn. NZ/Australian site doesn't even have 3DS stuff anymore.

@“hellomrkearns”#p109665 Same with Japan :frowning:

Is it a coincidence I can't find 32GB micro-memory cards anywhere?

@“connrrr”#p109655 ifixit has a new batch up now! I grabbed one.

@“connrrr”#p109652 hey I hope I didn‘t come off as judging anyone for buying whatever battery is available for their system, I just want people to know they don’t have to pay what OEM companies charge if they don't wanna!

RUMOR: I heard the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller uses the same battery as a 3DS, or at least a new 2DS XL.

So if worst comes to worst…