Nintendo 3DS Price Drop Announced
According to a newly-publicized statement from Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Amie, the price of a Nintendo 3DS handheld unit will drop August 12th from $249 to an astounding $170. “We are giving shoppers every incentive to pick up a Nintendo 3DS,” enthused Fils-Amie, “from an amazing new price to a rapid-fire succession of great games.”
Nintendo is clearly perturbed by the device’s tepid sales, and cutting the 3DS price by nearly 40% is a radical statement of intent. Fils-Amie put a finer point on it: “For anyone who was on the fence about buying a Nintendo 3DS, this is a huge motivation to buy now.”
To placate early adopters, who are sure to react angrily to the news, Nintendo is offering 20 free games from the 3DS e-shop to those who bought their 3DS’ before August 12. Ten of those games can be NES Virtual Console games (like Zelda or Super Mario Bros.). These will be available September 1st. The other ten hail from the Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games, and will be available later in September.