Nintendo Plans to Sell More 3DS by Cutting Prices Worldwide, Promises Incentives for Early Adopters

The Nintendo 3DS was suppose to be one of Nintendo’s biggest items on the market, offering the ability to play 3D games on a portable system without the use of 3D glasses. Mixed with the most successful gaming system in the world, the Nintendo DS, it would seem that the 3DS would follow the same path.

Last year at E3, tidbits were shown as it started getting people interested, even with a price tag of $249.99. When the system finally released, the complete worldwide sales of the 3DS weren’t what Nintendo expected, which was probably due to lack of titles.

It wasn’t until just recently that Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which probably sold more 3DS to people who were waiting for that title. Now Nintendo is trying to remedy that problem.

As of August, Japan will be dropping its price from 25,000 yen (roughly $317) to 15,000 yen (roughly $190), Europe will see a drop of AUD $350 down to AUD$250, and in the US it will drop from $249.99 to $169.99. That’s a pretty big drop of $80 aka 1/3rd of what people had already paid.

If you already spent your $249.99, you have a right to feel pissed off. I know I do after spending my money on something that really had no interesting titles, except for Super Street Fighter 4 3D and Zelda (which came later).

Well Nintendo will be offering early adopters 20 free games on the Nintendo E-Shop that will range from NES games, Game Boy games and even Games boy advance titles, so hopefully this will make you feel a little better, since the titles will range from $4.99 to $9.99.

Twenty downloadable games for free isn’t too bad if you plan on buying some in the future anyway for your 3DS, as long as they are pretty good titles. If they are games I don’t care for, then I will be a little upset. So far, games like Yoshi’s Island and Metroid Fusion for the GBA and the first Zelda for the NES is a good start.

“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 says of the move. “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.”

Source: Kotaku


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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.