3DS Dropping Price Worldwide Already

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Wow talk about a bomba, or just Nintendo getting ready to take on Vita? Earlier this morning it was announced that the Nintendo 3DS would be getting a price cut in Japan on August 11th from ¥25,000 to ¥15,000 and now Nintendo Of America have announced that on August 12th there will be an $80 price cut from $250 to $170. Even we in Europe are getting the price cut, an undisclosed one, but it will be cut by a third between August and September.

So, sucks to be an early adopter like our own Ryan Wilson right? Well, that depends on how much you value the 3DS Ambassador programme. This will give early 3DS adopters 20 free games. 10 of those will be NES games and the other 10 will be GBA games. On the NES side, Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong Jr, Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda have been confirmed so far and some of the GBA games early adopters will be able to get are Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgames and Mario vs. Donkey Kong. The weird part is that Nintendo doesn’t plan to release the GBA games on the eShop at this time so early adopters will essentially have 10 games no one else can get on 3DS. Those who can will be able to get all of these free games by the end of this year.

So the reason for the price drop, not considering the non-DS level sales and Vita approaching? To let the 3DS gather steam and fully penetrate the market by the end of the year according to Iwata. It’s certainly gives me the impression of Nintendo saying “your move” to Sony and their upcoming Vita.

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