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Nintendo Slashing Price of 3DS to $170

Nintendo Slashing Price of 3DS to $170
  • On July 28, 2011

In a move to regain some lost momentum, Nintendo has decided drop the price of it’s newest handheld from $250 to $170; a staggering 32%.

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

Six months ago the 3DS was met with praise by the press for it’s innovative 3D-without-the-funny-glasses screen, but was criticized for it’s lack of games, lack of internet functions, and steep price.

The company has dominated the handheld market since releasing the original Game Boy in 1989. Recent sales of the 3DS though, have been largely unimpressive after the initial launch and have all but fallen of a cliff recently. Even developers have been becoming skeptical of the viability of the 3DS, canceling or delaying upcoming titles for the struggling system.

Slowly but surely, Nintendo has opened up their eShop, enabled Netflix capability and come out with a re-release of my personal favorite game of all time, the classic Zelda: Ocarina of time. It’s hasn’t been enough though, so Nintendo has come out swinging in round two.

Mad that you paid full price for your 3DS? No worries, Nintendo has your back. Connect to the eShop before the August 12th price drop and you will get 20 downloadable classic NES and Game Boy Advance titles for free. Some of these games are not even planned to be offered to people who buy after the price drop making them exclusive to who Nintendo is calling “Ambassador members.”

Exclusive content? Pretentious Moniker? Tempting….

  • Ricky Gonzalez

    Virtual Boy 2.0? we shall see…