Nintendo Slashing 3DS Price by a Third

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Nintendo Slashing 3DS Price by a Third

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Don't worry if you've already bought a 3DS; that extra money you spent will get you a ton of free games.

Nintendo has announced that it will shave eighty bucks off the price of the 3DS in preparation for the Holiday season. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime says that this is a great time for anyone who was on the fence about buying a 3DS to pick one up.

The price drop will come into effect on August 12th, less than six months after the 3DS's launch, with the recommended retail price going from $249.99, to just $169.99. Nintendo said that the new price point made the 3DS even better value than before, and added that there were some great games for the handheld in the pipeline, even going as far as to say that it had the strongest lineup of any videogame console this holiday season. These games include the 3DS re-release of Starfox 64, and new Mario, Mario Kart and Kid Icarus games.

With the price drop coming so soon after the launch of the 3DS - and Ocarina of Time, one of its most high-profile games - there are plenty of people who will be rather understandably upset at having paid a higher price. Fortunately, Nintendo doesn't plan to leave those people out in the cold, and is offering 20 free downloadable games to anyone who bought a 3DS at the higher price that signs in to the 3DS eShop before August 12th. Doing so will automatically enroll them into the 3DS Ambassador scheme as well as entitle them to 10 free NES virtual console games, and 10 free GBA games. Nintendo has not published the full list, but has revealed that it includes classics like Super Mario Bros. and Legend of Zelda, as well as games like Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and Metroid: Fusion.

While this is good news for anyone who wanted a 3DS but didn't want to spend $250, it's hard to see it as anything other than an effort to boost sales. It's no secret that the 3DS didn't sell as well as Nintendo would have liked, and such a dramatic reduction in price after such a short period of time seems like little more than an attempt to increase the install base. Of course, if it works, then Nintendo could very well be laughing all the way to the bank, especially with so many big titles on the way.

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Well that didn't take long, did it?
I'm still waiting for the Vita to show up before I make a final decision for my PSP replacement.

...This may actually make me buy one...

Hey that's a pretty good deal for those people who bought the 3ds at launch and for everyone else it's a really affordable 3ds. It needs a stronger lineup though I mean Kid Icarus is the only really new game in that it's an really old franchise thats had it's genre changed. Also kid Icarus games? Like more than one?

They really want to move these 3DS units.

This was a brilliant and underhanded move by Nintendo. I'm ok with it, because I think the 20 games will be worth the 80 extra bucks I spent on the system. However, it still must be mentioned that this was an extremely underhanded move to make more money, and I'm not sure how well it speaks to the image that Nintendo likes to maintain.

I bet like everything else, it'll take a month for this price cut to make it here to Australia.

Also why does a 3DS in Australia cost $100 more than one in America?

What's this? People aren't flocking to the 3DS in droves? Well shucks maybe it has something to do with 3D being a gimmick that almost nobody wanted or asked for. Of course Nintendo being Nintendo has grown to rely on gimmicks to get their products over. Smoke and mirrors can only work for so long.

Honestly the 3DS is probably doing far more poorly than Nintendo will admit to if they are cutting the price by such a large amount so soon. Look how long it took them to drop the price of the Wii after all, almost three years. This price cut reeks of desperation. The 3DS might not end up quite as bad off as the Virtual Boy but it sure looks like it might not be that far off.

I said it before and it bears repeating and that is Nintendo caught lightning in a bottle with the Wii and they aren't going to be able to replicate that success again by focusing on gimmicks over substance. The anemic 3DS sales should prove that much. Furthermore I think that Nintendo is going to come crashing down even further with the upcoming WiiU.

Twenty downloadable games? ugh.. downloadable..

It doesn't really make much of a difference if there aren't any games on it...

*pulls out my best "Dad Voice*

Now Nintendo... what did we learn?

never to release a console or handheld without a strong launch lineup containing our premier first party properties

The above is the SOLE reason I have yet to purchase a 3DS. facts are facts and Nintendo either launched too soon, or were holding back thier flagships for reasons beyond my ability to comprehend.

No Mario, no Zelda, no Metroid, and no Kid Icarus means I no buy.

Lizardon:
I bet like everything else, it'll take a month for this price cut to make it here to Australia.

Also why does a 3DS in Australia cost $100 more than one in America?

Because, simply put, we can earn a shit-tonne more than Americans, and video game companies know we can afford for things to be more expensive. (oh, and we have the best beaches :D)

I doubt the price reduction will make it here in a month though... I think it took substantially longer than that for the wii price drop. I will most likely buy one if they shave $100 off though.

I'm honestly not that bothered by this. I managed to get one on offer from currys for £170 so the price drop isn't that irritating and I don't own the majority of those games. Plus the exclusivity with the GBA games pleases me.
Plus if this means that I can get more Miis on my streetpass games, Then I'm all for it. My 3D picture of Link needs finished, dammit!

Best news all week? Best news all week. Now I can just save up for one instead of having my parents buy it for me. I get my new monitor and a new 3DS for Christmas this year!!

You'll all see. Every time, it's something different. Some other reason why Nintendo "screwed up." Another death call. But soon, the wave will come. The new onslaught of first-party titles. The fan boys and girls shan't resist. The Nintendo Kingdom shall once again make it's due, the same way it has for twenty years. Haha. Muahaha. MUAHAHEHAHEHUGHEGUEAH. Cough.

Also, Paper Mario. Worth the $170 the whole damned system will cost.

Heh. Apparently Nintendo have to face the facts that most people recognized the 3DS exactly for what it is: A gimmick. An interesting one, yes, but still not nearly attractive enough to consider upgrading from one's perfectly serviceable DS.

I didn't buy a 3DS then, and I won't buy one now. My head and stomach are more important than thinking of a (un-needed) replacement for my DSLite (Also still use my original, which I've had since launch. No battery changes either, my Lite has a new battery though). I know you can turn the 3D off...but why would you buy a console (handheld or otherwise) only to turn off its main feature?

i'm still waiting for the pokemon themed ones

JPArbiter:
*pulls out my best "Dad Voice*

Now Nintendo... what did we learn?

never to release a console or handheld without a strong launch lineup containing our premier first party properties

The above is the SOLE reason I have yet to purchase a 3DS. facts are facts and Nintendo either launched too soon, or were holding back thier flagships for reasons beyond my ability to comprehend.

No Mario, no Zelda, no Metroid, and no Kid Icarus means I no buy.

Before the launch of the system Ubisoft was talking about how Nintendo was going to work with them more to help third party games get a better shot at sales. Then the 3DS up and launches with no first party titles worth mentioning, and a ton of Ubisoft and other third party titles.

It gave me an aching suspicion Nintendo was holding off on their own games for that reason.

After all, they already admitted to knowing that launching a new system without their heavy-hitter first-party titles was a bad idea. When they launched the Wii they admitted as much about their failing to do so with the Gamecube.

So either they totally forgot that lesson learned a few years ago, or they caved into third party pressure to give them less competition to start off with.

Sonicron:
Heh. Apparently Nintendo have to face the facts that most people recognized the 3DS exactly for what it is: A gimmick. An interesting one, yes, but still not nearly attractive enough to consider upgrading from one's perfectly serviceable DS.

YunikoYokai5:
I didn't buy a 3DS then, and I won't buy one now. My head and stomach are more important than thinking of a (un-needed) replacement for my DSLite (Also still use my original, which I've had since launch. No new batteries either). I know you can turn the 3D off...but why would you buy a console (handheld or otherwise) only to turn off its main feature?

This is one of the main problems with Nintendo's marketing. I showed my friends my 3DS and they thought the 3D effect was ok, but they loved the AR games and the Face shooting games. Their exact words were, "Why is nintendo not mentioning this awesome stuff in their marketing!?!"
Until People see that the 3D is not the only benefit, and Nintendo start showing off the Streetpass/Spotpass stuff and the gyroscope/AR capabilities, these complaints are still going to keep coming up...

Yeah, this is in no way related to the fact the vita was announced at a similarly price to the 3DS, oh no, no relation at all.

While it may be argued that most of the vita's launch titles may be spin-off's or sequels they aren't just spruced up re-releases of games from the 90's.

Copy/paste from what I said in another forum:

I'm not stupid enough to buy that thing. I'm pretty sure another version of the 3DS is on the horizon, and that thing will be as expensive as the first one released. Nintendo has done it with every single handheld console, and funnily enough, every iteration of handheld devices that comes from them basically print money.

Also, unless they (hopefully) release more third-party games and/or change the ToS regarding the device, I'm staying as far away from the 3DS as possible. And since I'm pretty certain that neither is gonna happen, I'm more than happy to disregard this device.

Any word on of this will affect Europe as well? I just bought a full-price 3DS last week.

New games? More like re-makes. Still don't want one.

Raeil:
This was a brilliant and underhanded move by Nintendo. I'm ok with it, because I think the 20 games will be worth the 80 extra bucks I spent on the system. However, it still must be mentioned that this was an extremely underhanded move to make more money, and I'm not sure how well it speaks to the image that Nintendo likes to maintain.

How is this underhanded? At all? Lowering the price significantly and compensating people who bought it already is pretty good. I dont know how you could be upset unless you bought a 3ds just now.

Jumwa:

Before the launch of the system Ubisoft was talking about how Nintendo was going to work with them more to help third party games get a better shot at sales. Then the 3DS up and launches with no first party titles worth mentioning, and a ton of Ubisoft and other third party titles.

It gave me an aching suspicion Nintendo was holding off on their own games for that reason.

After all, they already admitted to knowing that launching a new system without their heavy-hitter first-party titles was a bad idea. When they launched the Wii they admitted as much about their failing to do so with the Gamecube.

So either they totally forgot that lesson learned a few years ago, or they caved into third party pressure to give them less competition to start off with.

Never let it be said that a Japanese company is unwilling to tank a product in the short term to prove a point. no one buys Nintendo for third party titles, and the classic third party titles that once where have strayed so far from their roots as to be only marginally interesting anymore, if they are being used by Nintendo at all.

Raeil:
This was a brilliant and underhanded move by Nintendo. I'm ok with it, because I think the 20 games will be worth the 80 extra bucks I spent on the system. However, it still must be mentioned that this was an extremely underhanded move to make more money, and I'm not sure how well it speaks to the image that Nintendo likes to maintain.

What's underhanded about it?
You lower the price, more people buy it. Its about the most common and least unethical thing a business can do to increase sales.
And to top it all off, they're giving people who bought in early (like myself) free games to compensate for the higher price we paid (which wasn't actually that high because every retailer in town had massive price drops at launch to compete with each other).

pluizig:
Any word on of this will affect Europe as well? I just bought a full-price 3DS last week.

It does yes. Check Nintendo of Europe's site, I think they had a mention of it earlier.

Does this apply to the uk? I bought mine for only £150 so if I get a bunch of free games I'll be sitting pretty :D

Oh and I personally really like the 3ds. Just give it another year and there'll be way more to do with it.

Cpt Corallis:

This is one of the main problems with Nintendo's marketing. I showed my friends my 3DS and they thought the 3D effect was ok, but they loved the AR games and the Face shooting games. Their exact words were, "Why is nintendo not mentioning this awesome stuff in their marketing!?!"
Until People see that the 3D is not the only benefit, and Nintendo start showing off the Streetpass/Spotpass stuff and the gyroscope/AR capabilities, these complaints are still going to keep coming up...

Streetpass is useless to me, I live in a tiny village, only going into the nearby town for shopping or the city for university. Even then I'd be lucky to pick up a few other 3DSs, much like what Yahtzee's experience when he reviewed the 3DS. I also don't like that my 3DS would need to be in sleep mode. I always turn my DS off, saves battery from my experience.

And the gyroscope? I don't want to waggle my DS around. Thats what the directional pads are for. Can you imagine playing a motion sensing game on an underground in the morning rush hour? I'd be earning glares to Mississipi and back. (just so you know, I don't like motion controls XD the only exception is Flower on the PS3 but that's a home console, so its a little different than a handheld)

I bought a DS to play games, none of the extra features matter to me, they just ram the price up.

I was waiting for 3ds lite, but this might just put it over the top!

The 3d is a joke, but the console itself is really solid. Just need to build up the calluses on your thumb and index fingers because the dpad and the shoulder buttons are much pointier than on the ds lite.

If you check 3ds and ds lite side by side the tolerances on the 3ds are way tighter and it just feels like a high quality device.

I couldn't justify 250 when I had a perfectly working ds lite but at 170 I will be picking this one up for xmas.

I'm pretty happy about this. I actually got a 3ds for only $5 more than what the sale price will be plus I get a bunch of old, classic games. I saw one poster mention this, but the 3d is hardly a good reason to buy it. It's interesting sure, but doesn't really add anything. NOW, the social aspects of streerpass are pretty neat and the ar games could really go somewhere. The gyroscope and accerometer are a blast. That's really what nintendo needs to focus on, not the 3d fad that's taken off. I hardly even use the 3d, but it still was worth the purchase.

I'm still partially on the fence...I could grab one now and pick up those 20 freebies...but there's still the issue of battery life...and you know before the holiday season we will also see the (western) release of at least one new color (flare red: available now in Japan because they can).

So, do I want a blue one now with 20 classic games or do I want a red one later as an X-Mas present to me...? Hell, I don't know...I'll either flip for it, sleep on it or, wait until I see my next two or three checks...

It still needs games. And not re-releases of games that I already have. Why did they even release the 3DS this early if they didn't have the games to back it up?

I would be happy about the eShop games if I hadn't lent my 3DS to a friend who lives about two hours away last week

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