Well, as you've no doubt heard, Nintendo is dropping the price of the 3DS, but here's all the details. Effective August 12, the price will drop a whopping $80 from $249.99 down to $169.99. I'd expected a price drop in time for the holiday shopping season, but not this much this soon!
"For anyone who was on the fence about buying a Nintendo 3DS, this is a huge motivation to buy now," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "We are giving shoppers every incentive to pick up a Nintendo 3DS, from an amazing new price to a rapid-fire succession of great games."
Clearly, they're trying to boost sales of the Nintendo 3DS, which I don't believe took off the way they were hoping. A price drop is a good way to go, but it would also be helped by a stronger library of games. Of course, with Star Fox 64 3D out on September 9, Super Mario 3D Land in November and Mario Kart 7 in December, if you get one for Christmas, you'll have more choices. (It's just too bad they couldn't have been available sooner!)
Of course, for early adopters, you can practically hear the groans and muttered cursing as they bitch about having wasted their money. Well, Nintendo is hoping to ease that pain by offering up a slew of free games. If you've already got a 3DS, all you need to do is log on to the Nintendo eShop at least once before 11:59 pm EST on August 11. That will register you in the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program, and grant you some nifty goodies.
First, on September 1, Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will be able to download 10 NES Virtual Console games for free, and also before they become available in the eShop for everyone else. These titles will include Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber, and The Legend of Zelda.
Second, by the end of 2011, Ambassadors will recieve 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games, including Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong. And these Game Boy Advance games will be exclusively available to Ambassadors. There are no current plans to make these games available to the general public at all.
So for those of you tempted by glasses-free 3D gaming, is this price drop tempting enough for you? And for those of you who already have a 3DS, does 20 free games help ease the sting of paying that extra dough?