Nintendo have shaken the gaming world today by announcing a massive price drop for the Nintendo 3DS. Starting from the 12th of August, the price of the 3DS will drop from the RRP of $349.95 to $249.95! This is a huge move by Nintendo so early in the life of the 3DS. It also is very common for price drops to occur to simulate sales if they’re flagging of if a newer model is about to drop. However, for early adopters, there’s no need to feel ripped off by being one of the first to buy and therefore missing out on the savings. Nintendo plan on rewarding those early birds by giving them 20, count ’em, 20 free games consisting of 10 NES Virtual Console games which will be made available from September 1st and then, before the end of the year, a further 10 Gameboy Advance Virtual Console games will be made available. Both these offers will be made through Nintendo’s Ambassador program for the 3DS. The press release is below outlining more info and dates and all related material. Could this be a bad thing so early in the life of the 3DS or will sales go through the roof? Sound off in the comments!
Nintendo announces that effective 12 August, Nintendo 3DS will be available for only SRP AU$249.95*. Previously Nintendo 3DS was SRP AU $349.95.
Nintendo Australia plan to offer an exclusive Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program to consumers who have purchased the Nintendo 3DS at the original launch price. The program will enable those Nintendo 3DS owners to download 10 NES games and 10 Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games for free from the Nintendo eShop.
These free games are available to anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS system and uses a wireless broadband Internet signal to connect to the Nintendo eShop at least once before the price drop on 12 August. These users will automatically be registered in the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program. The program contains two elements:
1. Starting 1 September, Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will be able to download 10 NES Virtual Console games at no charge and before they are available in the Nintendo eShop to the general public. These games, including Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda, are slated to become paid downloadable games, but Ambassadors get them early for free. Once the paid versions of the games are posted to the Nintendo eShop later in the year, the updated versions will be available to Ambassadors for download at no cost.
2. By the end of 2011, Nintendo will provide Ambassadors with 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games. These include games like Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare Inc.: Minigame Mania and Mario vs. Donkey Kong. These games will be available exclusively to Ambassadors, and Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public on the Nintendo 3DS in the future.
Nintendo 3DS offers 3D gaming without the need for special glasses and is available in two colours, Aqua Blue and Cosmos Black.
*All prices quoted are Suggested Retail Price (SRP) in Australian dollars
New Zealand price for Nintendo 3DS from 12 August will be SRP NZ $343.99