Nintendo 3DS Price drop

Friday, 29 July 2011 at 10:40 GMT

Nintendo have announced an unexpected turn of events - as of Friday, 12th August, the Nintendo 3DS will experience a significant price drop. This will affect all major regions in the world, with the price set to drop to $169.99 in North America, 15,000 Yen in Japan, $249.95 in Australia, $343.99 in New Zealand, and roughly £160 in the UK and €180 in Europe.

Why has this happened so soon after launch? Is it due to the less-than-anticipated launch sales? Either way, Nintendo is offering a nice compensation for those who bought the 3DS at its launch price, or who buy it before the price drop takes effect. 20 free games are eligible to any 3DS owner who connects to the Nintendo eShop before August 12!

Known as the Ambassador Program, this includes 10 NES Virtual Console games (they'll be available on September 1) and 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games (available by the end of the year). One of the GBA games is Metroid Fusion, and at this point the GBA games won't be available to anyone else outside of the Ambassador Program (but you never know, I'm sure Nintendo will eventually open them up to everyone). If you haven't already picked up a 3DS, is this offer enticing enough to pick one up before the price drop?

Comments (2)

  1. I dont hink nintendo is doin this because of not enough sales, but because of a business strategy. If they offer the right games 4 free, wouldnt that want 2 make u buy it? its a strategic business move. they r takin a big risk with it. lets c how it plays out

    Posted by lil metroid on 30 July 2011 at 01:59 GMT

  2. Wow, now I can have 2 copies of Metroid Fusion. Metroid Fusion was my 1st Metroid game ever. That was the most played game I ever had in my Game Boy Advance.

    Do you have any information on Game Boy Advance games for the download?

    Posted by MrFlox888 on 3 August 2011 at 12:00 GMT

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