Do Pawn Shops Still Pawn or Buy The Nintendo DS?

The Nintendo DS was a wildly popular console when it was newer, but is it still something that pawn shops will take?

The answer to that in this case isn’t entirely straight forward. There are still a lot of pawn shops that will take them in. Others however do tend to shy away from the Nintendo DS console at this time.

How 'Pawnable' Is This Item

What Value Does This Item Have

While it’s not completely impossible to get your local pawn shop to accept your Nintendo DS, it’s far from a sure thing. Because of that, the Nintendo DS ranks a “Poor” on pawnability for us. It’s just not as widely accepted as it once was.

In terms of value, the Nintendo DS is also going to rank rather low with a “Very Poor.” The fact of the matter is that you can buy a Nintendo DS on eBay for around $25 or less. Because of that, most major pawn shops can’t afford to pay you more than $5 or $10 for your DS, which for most people, just isn’t going to get them where they need to be in terms of money to cover a bill.

What To Bring With You:

If you do take your Nintendo DS to a pawn shop, there are definitely some things that you should bring with you.

  • The power cords is the biggest, most obvious example of something that people forget at home when talking about the DS and it’s a huge mistake. If a pawn shop can’t tell if the system works, they really can’t buy it off you or take it in for a loan. The power cord is absolutely critical for successfully pawning or selling your Nintendo DS to a pawn shop.
  • The next on this list would be games. Sure, just because a DS turns on doesn’t mean it can read a game cartridge or that all of the buttons works. You need to bring at least one game in with you when you take your DS in and really, you should probably just bring them all with you. The more games you have only increases the value of your transaction, which can only help your case when asking for more money.


Percentage Of Pawn Shops That Accept This Item 20%
Percentage Of Pawn Shops That Consider This Item Desirable 1%
Average Redemption Rate For This Type Of Item 10%
Percentage of Households That Have This Type Of Item 10%
Percentage Of Times This Type Of Item Is Pawned vs Being Sold 10%

The Nintendo DS scores pretty low across the board here on these metrics. The percentage of pawn shops that accept it is rather low at just under 20% and of those that do, only 1% really consider them to be at all desirable.

The average redemption ration for a Nintendo DS is very low at just under 10%. About 10% of households have an old DS laying around that they can use to make a loan on, but more often than not, 90% of people end up selling their DS versus pawning it because of the system’s lower than expected value.

What Are Some Advantages To Pawning This Type Of Item

  • You likely haven’t touched your DS in quite some time, so you are generating money where it didn’t exist before.
  • You probably won’t miss your DS either, which only works in your favor as well.

What Are Some Drawbacks To Pawning This Type Of Item

  • It may be hard to find a pawn shop to accept your Nintendo DS.
  • If you do, the offers you receive for it are sure to be lower than what you expected.

Pawning or Selling Your Nintendo DS At A Pawn Shop

Unfortunately the Nintendo DS is just at a point in it’s life where it isn’t going to bring a whole lot of money at a pawn shop, nor will it be widely accepted.

Is it still worth trying there? Sure. Will you be happy with the transaction? Probably not.

If you aren’t in an immediate need to sell yours, you might consider trying the Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist instead first. You may get more money for it.

If you insist on using a pawn shop for this, then you should really give strong consideration to taking all of your games with you. They may at least help a little bit when it comes to getting more money than they might offer for just the system alone.