Thursday, July 28, 2011

[CALLED IT] Nintendo drops the 3DS down to $170 in August

File this under "holy fuck" and "called it", as Nintendo has announced the 3DS will drop from $250 down to $170 come August 12. That's the same price as the DSi XL - no word on that dropping price...yet - but it's an overall shocking price drop, especially from Nintendo, who tends to hold out on their pricing strategy; it will be five months since the system debuted that Nintendo will drop the price by a staggering 32%. It's pure speculation on my part, but I feel that Nintendo is placing a fairly large cushion between the 3DS and the PS Vita before the Vita even hits shelves; having that $80 difference will definitely help Nintendo on the battlefield that is the sales floor.

To keep those - like myself - from sending Reggie emails bitching them out, Nintendo is enrolling those who log in to the eShop on their systems before 11:59PM EST on August 11 into the "Nintendo 3DS Ambassador" program. As Joystiq points out, Nintendo will give these Ambassadors access to free games before their release to the general public, and a handful of games that won't be available to anyone else. Yes, you read that right: we get games fo' free, early. How's that to entice you me for buying a system for just one game and prevent you from bitching all too much?

So far, Nintendo has only given away the titles of a few NES games (which will be available to Ambassadors on September 1): Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda. Nintendo says that once the paid versions post to the eShop, Ambassadors get to download the updated ones for free. As for the other games that won't be available to the general public are part of the GBA Virtual Console: Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong.

To break that down, 10 NES games on the Wii's Virtual Console is $50 ($5 a head), but the GBA games do not have a Virtual Console prior to this, so there's no way to tell how much Nintendo would end up selling GBA VC games at, I would only assume about $8. 

Press Release via Nintendo