Friday, August 5, 2011

Nintendo Drastically Drops the Price of Its 3DS

On Thursday, July 28 Nintendo announced that it would drop the price of its 3DS hand-held console in the United States. Starting Friday, August 12th the console’s price will drop from $249.99 to $169.99.

"For anyone who was on the fence about buying a Nintendo 3DS, this is a huge motivation to buy now," Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement. "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."

The price drop will also occur in other countries sometime between July and September. Nintendo said in its earnings statement that the price drop is intended to "create momentum for the Nintendo 3DS and accelerate its market penetration toward the year-end sales season, when the lineup for the applicable software shall be enriched."

So ,what if you have already bought the 3DS? Wouldn’t you feel slightly cheated having had to pay plenty more than the new retail price for the device? Well, Nintendo hasn’t forgotten about you! In a statement, the company said that customers who already own a 3DS are “some of Nintendo’s most loyal customers, and we’re rewarding you for getting in on the action early with not one, not 10, but 20 free downloadable games from the Nintendo eShop!”

If you ask me, that is a pretty good way to make up for the extra cash that you had to shell out for the device. Nintendo said that it will be easy for 3DS owners to download their new games. Here is what you will have to do.

“The 20 free games are available to anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS system and uses a wireless broadband Internet signal to connect to the Nintendo eShop at least once before 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Aug. 11. These users will automatically be registered in the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program.” The statement goes on to say that the program has two different elements:

The first element starts “September 1. Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will be able to download 10 NES Virtual Console games at no charge and before they are available in the Nintendo eShop to the general public. These games, including Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda, are slated to become paid downloadable games, but Ambassadors get them early for free. Once the paid versions of the games are posted to the Nintendo eShop later in the year, the updated versions will be available to Ambassadors for download at no cost.”

The second element of this program that Nintendo will offer to their “loyal customers” will be available “by the end of 2011. Nintendo will provide Ambassadors with 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games. These include games like Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong. These games will be available exclusively to Ambassadors, and Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public on the Nintendo 3DS in the future.”

Nintendo said that more details about the program will be made available soon.

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