July 28, 2011

3DS Price Drop!



Written by: CABXYZ…

Yes you heard that right, just less than a year after the portables release it is getting a price drop and a massive one at that. Early this morning Nintendo released a press release stating that the 3DS just 5 months after the system’s release will be taken from its $249.99 price tag to $169.99 on August 12th. Yes, you are not seeing things the 3DS will be $169.99 early next month. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime had this to say about the price drop,

“For anyone who was in the fence about buying a Nintendo 3DS, this is a huge motivation to buy now,”

“We are giving shoppers every incentive to pick up a Nintendo 3DS from an amazing new price to a rapid-fire succession of great games.”

If you were an early adopter then don’t worry Nintendo is not giving you the cold shoulder. If you have a 3DS and connect to the e-Shop before 11:59pm EST in August 11th, you will be registered for the Nintendo 3DS ambassador program. The program will contain two parts:

  1. On September 1st the e-Shop will receive NES Virtual Console games and you will receive 10 absolutely FREE! These games are to include: Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber, and The Legend of Zelda. There will be paid versions of these games as well so that every 3DS owner will have the opportunity for download.
  2. By the end of 2011 the e-Shop will also include GBA Virtual Console titles and you will receive 10 absolutely FREE! The titles to be included are: Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advanced 3, Mario Kart Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare Inc. Mega Microgame$, and Mario vs. Donkey Kong. Nintendo stated that these titles will be for ambassadors only and won’t be released to the general public any time in the future.

On top of all of that news Nintendo gave release windows for some of the 3DS’s biggest games this year. Star Fox 64 3D edition will be out on September 9th, Super Mario 3D will be in November, Mario Kart will be out in December and Kid Icarus: uprising will be out before the end of the year. This is a great announcement for a handheld I am finding more and more things I love about it. With Netflix now available, a stead release of quality titles, and with this announcement of a major price cut, the 3DS could be sitting on top when the handheld wars ignite once more when the PlayStation Vita arrives this fall.


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  2. STA_Adam - August 1, 2011 2:39 am

    Well, I’ll read that article when it comes.

  3. CharcoalCoyote - July 31, 2011 5:01 pm

    It’s cool. I love to debate people, and I definitely see your point. I’m sick of the gimmicky crap as well, honestly. Just give me a controller. I just really hate to see that happen, because you saw what happened to Sega. That piece of garbage that they called “Sonic the Hedgehog” on X360 and other consoles was so bad that Spoony and the AVGN need to do a joint review of it. As much as I hate to say it, I think the outlook for the gaming industry as a whole is far more grim. But I’ll save my opinions on that for an article itself.

  4. STA_Adam - July 31, 2011 3:20 pm

    Yeah, that’s what worries me. As great as Nintendo’s first-party IPs go, they just haven’t put out anything that wows like it seems it should.

    From what I’ve seen, some of us that grew up with Mario, Zelda, Metroid, DKC, Mario Kart, and to a lesser extent, Smash Bros, seem to be growing tired of the stale ideas as a whole. Re-releasing a game I played in middle school wasn’t a way to get my money. I still have a 64, and OOT. I want to play more NEW games, and I know I’m not alone on that.

    They’ve had hardware failures in the past, but were always bailed out by their other platform, whether it was a console or handheld… but this time it looks like the gimmicks aren’t being viewed as innovative. People really seem to think they’re gimmicks this time.

    The Wii was originally shown doing like 3 or 4 different things with the Wiimote, and there hasn’t been a single game that has ever innovated past that point. There are tons of other ways it could be used, but it hasn’t happened. I think the Wii U will be exactly the same. Everything we saw at E3 is all we’ll ever see, and we’ll get bored.

    After they took huge losses over the past couple of years, it’s kinda sad to see them updating their yearly revenue projections to be $1.1 billion less than they originally planned, and having their President cut his own salary by 50%. The former president owns 10% of the company, and literally lost $300 million in less than a day. Things just aren’t looking good, and I don’t know if they’re going to pull out of this one.

    Plenty of people tend to gravitate toward MS and Sony as it is. Even though the Wii has a HUGE installed base, probably 30% of those people are new to the hobby, and rarely played anything other than Wii Sports.

    As much as I hate to say it, Nintendo would probably be more profitable as a software-only company, since they wouldn’t have to worry about hardware development and manufacturing costs anymore. I almost think they SHOULD do that, so they’ll still be around for a while.

    Sorry for writing a novel.

  5. CharcoalCoyote - July 30, 2011 11:33 pm

    I really don’t think so, Adam. Nintendo doesn’t strike me as the type to flounder that badly. Granted, they are in a hard spot right now, but I’m banking on there being a ton of 3DS sales this Christmas. Yeah, the problem with the 3DS is that there are currently 2, maybe 3 games worth owning for it. Once Nintendo pulls out the big guns, we’ll hopefully see a dramatic increase in 3DS interest. I’d be willing to bet that the new Smash Bros. on 3DS will be one of the best selling games on the console, if not the best (I can see Ocarina of Time being the bestseller, simply because it’s Ocarina. There are also rumors floating about that they’ll do a Majora’s Mask remake if there is enough interest.) Until then, I guess we’ll just have to play Street Fighter and hope.

  6. STA_Adam - July 30, 2011 8:01 pm

    I already have one, but it sucks that there are only about 3 games worth owning for it. It literally took me 3 months before I actually purchased anything.

    With the HUGE hit Nintendo’s stock took after this announcement, it’s obvious that the investors aren’t happy. There was also a large drop in their stock after the Wii U was announced.

    I hate to say it, but I think Nintendo will be out of the hardware market some time in the next 5 years. They’ll be the next Sega, and we’ll be playing all of our favorite Nintendo IPs on Sony, Microsoft, and potentially Apple hardware.

  7. AceOfNades69 - July 28, 2011 1:30 pm

    I was interested in getting one when they came out but held off. Now with this price drop I will probably get one for sure.

  8. CharcoalCoyote - July 28, 2011 10:41 am

    Dude, I just crapped my pants reading this. I’m incredibly happy. I really love my 3DS, and the classics (especially when redone) are an excellent touch.

    Yeah, if you were on the fence, buy one. I recommend Super Street Fighter IV and Ocarina of Time.


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