You’ve probably heard about this already, but Nintendo has announced that they are dropping the price of its Nintendo 3DS handheld from $249.99 to $169.99 across North America. The price drop will take effect on August 12th, though there may still be a good reason for consumers to buy beforehand.
“For anyone who was on the fence about buying a Nintendo 3DS, this is a huge motivation to buy now,” Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime stated in a press release. “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.”
These games include a number of upcoming titles featuring some of Nintendo’s biggest and brightest stars, including Star Fox 64 3D on September 9th, the newly rechristened Super Mario 3D Land in November and Mario Kart 7 in December, and Kid Icarus: Uprising, which is also planned for sometime during the holiday season.
Those who have paid the original price of $249.99 and logged into the online eShop before 11:59pm EST on August 11th will be registered in what the company is calling its “Ambassador” program, whose members will receive a whopping twenty free downloadable games from the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy Advance libraries, with the latter of which will not be available to other Nintendo 3DS owners in the foreseeable future.
Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber, and The Legend of Zelda will be five of the NES games available on September 1st, before they are available to the general public for a price. On the Game Boy Advance front, Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$, and Mario vs. Donkey Kong will become available at a time yet to be announced.
Incidentally, the ten NES games would run $50 on the Wii Virtual Console, and may not be any cheaper for the Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo has yet to announce pricing). If one were to be generous and say that the GBA titles were the same price (and looking at the price of Game Boy Color games, they most assuredly will not be), that would be a $100 value for purchasing the system before its $80 discount.
Factor in the exclusivity of the latter titles (to say nothing of the absence of Yoshi’s Island on the Wii), and that really isn’t a bad deal at all for being an early adopter. And it’s far more than Sony gave out for losing everyone’s personal information, at that.
So, what will you do? Drop the cash to become an “early adopter,” or wait for the new price tags to be applied before moving in?