Minneapolis - Target and Walmart will begin accepting trade-ins of pre-owned Nintendo DS handheld game players.
The offer is an inducement for customers to trade up to the new 3DS model, a glasses-free 3D player that debuts at midnight on March 27.
Target will offer up to a $50 store credit for used, working-condition handhelds, which can be used toward any purchase. The exchange is offered through Target's Electronics Trade-In service, which is available at its RadioShack-operated in-store mobile departments and online at
. The service also accepts pre-owned cell phones, iPods and video games.
"Target always aims to offer guests the hottest brands in electronics for an exceptional value," said merchandising VP Nik Nayar. "The Nintendo 3DS is one of the most anticipated new products to debut this spring and by expanding our trade-in options, we are offering Target's guests incredible savings on all the latest gadgets."
Target is also supporting the 3DS launch by installing "trial stations" in 1,200 stores nationwide.
Meanwhile, Walmart will offer a credit of up to $100 for used DS models, and will accept up to two units at a time, if used toward the purchase of a new 3DS. The offer will only be available in Walmart stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and South Carolina, and will run through April 30 or while supplies last.
Meanwhile, Best Buy is
of 3DS by holding launch parties at several stores across the country on Saturday night.