Nintendo 3DS drops to $169 Aug 12; 20 free games for current owners

Nintendo’s handheld gaming system, the 3DS, is set to receive a price cut in the United States, dropping the system’s cost to just US$169 from the launch price of US$249. The $80 price saving will come in to effect on August 12, and other regions around the globe should also receive cuts to the 3DS’ price despite the exact values not being mentioned.

For those lucky early adopters who have purchased or will purchase a 3DS and go online to the Nintendo eShop before the price drop, Nintendo will place you into their Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program. This program will reward early 3DS buyers with 20 free downloadable games from the system’s Nintendo eShop: 10 NES Virtual Console games from September 1, followed by a further 10 exclusive Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games by the end of 2011. The full list of games is available in the press release (via Engadget).

Nintendo also notifies us of their upcoming holiday gaming line-up, which they tout as “the strongest software lineup of any video game system this holiday season.” Star Fox 64 3D is coming in first on September 9, followed by Super Mario 3D Land in November, Mario Kart 7 in December and Kid Icarus: Uprising will be coming at an unspecified date during the holiday season. The reduced price of the console should also help sales throughout the holiday period.

The Nintendo 3DS launched in the United States on March 27 and since then over 830,000 people have purchased the console in just the US region. Soon after its release it set the record for the most day-one sales of any Nintendo handheld system, however since then Nintendo has had a hard time selling a large number of units - the price cut is likely a Nintendo effort to sell more 3DSes after poor sales.

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Don't see how this can be viewed as negative in any way shape or form, price drop and free software for early adopters? Awesome!

I don't have a 3DS but will seriously consider one now

Is this real life? Haha. So I spend $265 after tax on a 3DS and they offer me games that I could download on my PC. lol.

Darn. I wanted to sell the dumb thing to make at least some of my money back. If they offered 2 free 3DS games, that'd be cool.

i'm really excited about this - people love to bash the 3DS but it really is a great system. those who hate it either havent played it at all, or only played it in a store for 3 minutes.

im shocked that a price drop is happening so fast but they need to gear up for the holiday season and compete against the PSV.

i'm looking fwd to the free games! those listed are some really good games!

Sanity returns to Nintendo! Even if this is a temporary price drop I think it shouldn't go higher than $199 if Nintendo expects to compete against Sony's $249 PSP2.

I'd like to point out that if you buy the 3DS as late as August 11th, at most places you should be able to go in within 30 days of buying it and get an $80 price adjustment if it drops any lower, and you would still get the free games as long as you've logged in the eShop before 11:59 PM on the 11th.

"upcoming holiday gaming line-up, which they tout as “the strongest software lineup of any video game system this holiday season.” Star Fox 64 3D is coming in first on September 9, followed by Super Mario 3D Land in November, Mario Kart 7 in December and Kid Icarus: Uprising"

Seriously?

they've lost the plot...

That's a much more reasonable price. When the 3DS first came out, I didn't know too much about it but I thought it would be somewhere between $150-$170. Then I saw the price and just turned away.

As someone who bought on launch day, I'm not even mad I'm actually excited that I might meet more people with a 3DS in the coming months. Throughout the rest of 2011 we will be seeing: Star Fox 3DS, Super Mario 3DS, Mario Kart 3DS, Devil Summoner, Kid Icarus, Paper Mario... and plenty of virtual console (old NES, GB, GBC, GBA and SNES) stuff. Buy a 3DS!

Bryan000 said,
As someone who bought on launch day, I'm not even mad I'm actually excited that I might meet more people with a 3DS in the coming months. Throughout the rest of 2011 we will be seeing: Star Fox 3DS, Super Mario 3DS, Mario Kart 3DS, Devil Summoner, Kid Icarus, Paper Mario... and plenty of virtual console (old NES, GB, GBC, GBA and SNES) stuff. Buy a 3DS!

^This

Actually, I was in Boston, MA for a weekend and got five street passes. They're out there, you just have to find them. Maybe now I can finally beat down the ghosts...

I'm kind of mad that I paid $250 for the 3DS. The 20 games is a nice gesture, but seriously it's an $80 difference.
If you hadn't had a chance to buy one and were on the fence pick the console up. This is a great offer.

GaMMa said,
I'm kind of mad that I paid $250 for the 3DS. The 20 games is a nice gesture, but seriously it's an $80 difference.
If you hadn't had a chance to buy one and were on the fence pick the console up. This is a great offer.
You knew the risks when you bought the hardware soon after the release. The fact Nintendo is even giving early adapters anything shows loyalty where other companies probably wouldn't have.

LordBattleBeard said,
You knew the risks when you bought the hardware soon after the release. The fact Nintendo is even giving early adapters anything shows loyalty where other companies probably wouldn't have.

True. I think it's great they're doing that. On the plus side I'll soon have more people to StreetPass with. I want this thing to sell and if they need to lower the price to do it then so be it.

GaMMa said,
I'm kind of mad that I paid $250 for the 3DS. The 20 games is a nice gesture, but seriously it's an $80 difference.
If you hadn't had a chance to buy one and were on the fence pick the console up. This is a great offer.

If you take a look at the press release it's slightly more appealing. They have no plans to release any of the GBA games mentioned to the general public, and the NES games are given to us early. I'm thankful that Nintendo is considering some form of repayment for early adopters. It's a very nice gesture.

My kid requested a 3DS and I requested a list of games he wanted to play that were 3D only.... He never came up with a list and said nevermind. LOL.

I might give it a go when Super Mario 3D comes out.

Hmm games I would like to see in their stores: Legend of zelda: link to the past, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario RPG, Final Fantasy 1-8 (i know some were on sony systems), Earthbound, and Majora's Mask. That is all

(if you did this I would drop everything and pick up a 3ds)

Earthbound has been a very popular request, so has Mother 3. Nintendo surely knows fans want these games. Majora's Mask is probably coming after the success of Ocarina of Time 3DS. I agree, we need Super Mario RPG, it is a forgotten classic. Chrono Trigger is available on DS so I doubt they are rushing to release that.

Bryan000 said,
Earthbound has been a very popular request, so has Mother 3. Nintendo surely knows fans want these games. Majora's Mask is probably coming after the success of Ocarina of Time 3DS. I agree, we need Super Mario RPG, it is a forgotten classic. Chrono Trigger is available on DS so I doubt they are rushing to release that.
Nintendo of America Lawyers are scared stiff of the legal ramifications that would come if they released Mother series.

johnnyq3 said,
Nintendo of America Lawyers are scared stiff of the legal ramifications that would come if they released Mother series.

If they release a direct port of the SNES game, I'd be fine with that, no change to the code, maybe that would help out their case.