Earlier this morning we reported that Nintendo has announced a price drop in Japan on the Nintendo 3DS and now Nintendo of America is following suit. Starting on August 12th the Nintendo 3DS will retail for $169.99 in North America and Nintendo also is planning to thank their loyal customers who purchased the 3DS early by offering 20 free downloadable games from the Nintendo eShop.
“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. “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.”
Nintendo 3DS will have some major releases coming this holiday season. From Nintendo’s hand there will be: Starfox 64 3D on September 9th, Super Mario 3D Land in November, Mario Kart in December, and Kid Icarus Uprising during the holiday season.
In addition to great games, Nintendo 3DS has a host of attractive features that make it the must-have video game system this season:
The new Nintendo Video™ service automatically delivers short 3D videos from the worlds of music, comedy, animation and Hollywood.
A free application allows Netflix members with unlimited streaming plans to instantly watch TV episodes and movies streaming from Netflix.
The Nintendo eShop is a digital store for Nintendo 3DS owners that provides access to a wide variety of downloadable content, such as original 3D software, classic games that have been re-mastered in 3D called 3D Classics, Game Boy™ and Game Boy Color “Virtual Console” games in their original 2D glory, and more than 350 Nintendo DSiWare™ games. Visitors can also view video game trailers, screen shots and product information for games, including those available at retail locations.
To thank their loyal customers, Nintendo will offer 20 free downloadable games via the Nintendo eShop. These free games will be made available to anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS system and connects to the Nintendo eShop at least once before 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Aug. 11. All those that do so will automatically be registered in the ‘Nintendo Ambassador’ program and be rewarded with two thank you gifts:
Starting Sept. 1, 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.
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.: Mega Microgame$ 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.