2011-07-28

Nintendo 3DS – Huge Price Drop Coming

by Yo Snyder

We’ve mentioned this before, and everyone is probably pretty aware of
it by now, but the Nintendo 3DS didn’t make quite the splash everyone
was expecting when it hit store shelves. The technology is fairly
impressive, the 3D effect looks gorgeous, but it also has some drawbacks
such as extremely limited viewing angle and it can produce headaches.
The biggest problem with the 3DS wasn’t so much the system itself, but
the lack of any reason to own it. Without any triple A titles at launch,
there wasn’t a compelling reason to buy it, and with many titles not
really doing much with the 3D, there certainly wasn’t any reason to buy
it for its main selling point; 3D gaming without glasses. Well, Nintendo
is working hard to fix these issues with a solid line-up of games this
year, and now they’ve announced they’re going to fix another issue; the
system’s price.

Starting August 12th, you can experience glasses free 3D gaming for a
whole lot less than $250. Nintendo is dropping the price to $170.
That’s a huge price cut for a system that’s been out less than a year,
but I think it’s the right move. With a better price point and some
great games this fall, the 3DS could see a resurgence in sales more in
line with what many expected at the launch. But what if you’re one of
the over 800,000 that has already purchased a system. Well, in a rare
move for a company, Nintendo is doing something to take care of those
early adopters who may feel like they got rolled with such a big price
change coming so soon after launch. In short, Nintendo is going to give
you a bunch of games.

Nintendo is going to give early adopters 20 free downloadable games
through a new Ambassadors program. Anyone who owns a 3DS and has used an
internet connection to log into the E-Shop at least once before August
11th will qualify for this program. Ambassadors will get 10 free NES
Virtual Console games starting September 1st. Games will include Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., and The Legend of Zelda to name a few.

Plus, before the end of the year, Ambassadors will also get 10 Game
Boy Advance Virtual Console games that won’t be available to the general
public. These will include games like Yoshi’s Island, Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, Warioware Inc., and Mario vs. Donkey Kong.

So there you have it. A new lower price for the 3DS and a bunch of
games for free for early adopters. What do you think? Is this the right
move for Nintendo? Is the company doing to right thing to take care of
those who already bought a system?