Wednesday, August 10, 2011

3DS price slashed at retail.

Anyone who has been following the post release of the Nintendo 3DS has most likely heard that the price will be dropping to $169.99 from its original $250.00 price tag.  This is to entice buyers who are on the fence to join in on the system before many of the major games land later this year.  Nintendo hopes to expand the user by then so that it will sell a lot of games come the holiday season.

In order to apologize to the early adopters for cutting the price so early, Nintendo has come up with the Ambassador program, which allows people who purchase the 3DS before August 12th, the ability to get 20 free older Nintendo games. 

For those who are avid hunters of deals, you may already be aware that Walmart, and in response to Walmart, other stores like Target and Best Buy have been implementing the sale earlier than August 12th, which means those who buy now, will be getting the best of both worlds.  This is kind of like a bizarre black Friday deal.

So, with a bunch of conditionals attached, if you don't have the Nintendo 3DS already, you have been on the fence about purchasing the 3DS, you acknowledge there is still sometime before more titles build up the library of 3DS games and that this doesn't play a major role in your will to purchase, then you should consider acting tomorrow, August 11th, by purchasing the 3DS and connecting it to the eshop.  It is unlikely that there will be a major price decrease on top of this already major cut.  As well, it is unlikely there will be a redesign any time soon as it would be risky for Nintendo to do so.  I would say this is a "buy it now or never," scenario, as this deal will probably go unrivaled for a good time to come.  Check out some of the free games announced for the ambassador program here.


  1. $170 is still too much for something that gives me a headache...

  2. The thing with that Ambassador program really makes me think that these companies don't DO things the way they used to when I was a kid. My original Playstation still works perfectly. How many RROD's have killed your XBOX's?