Nintendo dropping 3DS price to $170 on August 12; Announces Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program for early adopters


The 3DS hasn't been in a good position so far. Since it's launch many games have been delayed and some even canceled. This along with the price of 250 dollars was a huge wall that kept consumers from enjoying Nintendo's latest handheld. Nintendo has since picked up the slack of 3rd party companies by lining up the rest of the year with big core games like Star Fox 64 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 and Kid Icarus: Uprising.

To some consumers that may not be enough though, and Nintendo knows that. They have announced that starting August 12 they will drop the price of the 3DS to $170. This is a very aggressive move by Nintendo, one that we don't see very often. Is it pressure from the upcoming PS Vita or the continuous growth in popularity that mobile phones seem to have in the market. Either way Nintendo is going to do something they haven't done in a long time and that's take a loss on every single 3DS sold. Nintendo never sells at a loss whether it was the DS or the Wii. With the 3DS they're planning on making there money back on the games sold, something Microsoft and Sony know well.

What about those who did buy the system for 250. It hasn't been that long since the 3DS launched (around four months). What does Nintendo say to you, well they say have some free games. Nintendo want's to thank their early adopters by doing a 3DS Ambassador program giving them free eShop games, 20 to be exact. To get in, all you have to do is "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."

So what exactly are you going to receive? The games include NES titles like Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda. As well as GBA titles like Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong.

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