Nintendo sees sales boost on 3DS console after price cut

Nintendo made a big move to get a sales boost for its 3DS portable game console in August. Faced with slower than expected sales, Nintendo decided to cut the price of the $249 game console down a whopping $80 to just $169 beginning on August 12. This week Nintendo of America announced that, at least for now, the price cut seems to have worked out. In a press release this week, the company said that 185,000 units of the 3DS console were sold by Nintendo in the US from August 12 to the end of the month. Nintendo said that was a 260 percent jump in sales compared to the same time period in July 2011. Counting the sales in August before the price cut, the 3DS console sold 235,000 units in the US for that month.

Nintendo also said that it sold over 190,000 units of its main Wii console and more than 165,000 units of the various versions of the DS portable console during the month of August. So far in 2011, more than 50 million games have been sold for the various Nintendo console platforms. The company also said that for the lifetime of the Wii and DS consoles it has sold 540 million combined games.

In related news, VG247.com reports that Nintendo of America will release a new color for its larger DSi XL console. On September 18 the new console color, Metallic Rose (otherwise known as pink) will be made available in stores for $169.99.

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Jose_49 said,
Something I don't understand.... Why would they keep pushing the sales of the DSi XL?

For people like me, I wanted a new ds but had no interest in 3D so I got the DSi XL because of its large screen.

thealexweb said,

For people like me, I wanted a new ds but had no interest in 3D so I got the DSi XL because of its large screen.

... I can't believe people still don't get it, the 3DS isn't another revision of the DS, it's the DS's successor! Have fun playing The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D, Starfox 64 3D and all the new games on your DSi XL... Oh wait....

SizzleBang360 said,

... I can't believe people still don't get it, the 3DS isn't another revision of the DS, it's the DS's successor! Have fun playing The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D, Starfox 64 3D and all the new games on your DSi XL... Oh wait....


Same thoughts exactly. You can always turn off the 3D or wait for the rumorized upcoming "3DS Lite"

SizzleBang360 said,

... I can't believe people still don't get it, the 3DS isn't another revision of the DS, it's the DS's successor! Have fun playing The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D, Starfox 64 3D and all the new games on your DSi XL... Oh wait....

and didn't you read the... "i dont care about 3d" and "DSi XL has larger screen"? so he doesn't care about "succesor" and he wants something that works and has a larger screen?... well i cant believe people like you dont get it....

but yeah, maybe he will die from a cronic diarrhea for not having the latest and new 3DS like cool kids like you... oh wait, no he wont.

thealexweb said,

For people like me, I wanted a new ds but had no interest in 3D so I got the DSi XL because of its large screen.

It is the same resolution blown up on the larger screens. Only some of the DSiWare will take advantange of the larger screen.

thealexweb said,

For people like me, I wanted a new ds but had no interest in 3D so I got the DSi XL because of its large screen.

you must enjoy the jaggies, but then the same we could say about the 3DS

SizzleBang360 said,

... I can't believe people still don't get it, the 3DS isn't another revision of the DS, it's the DS's successor! Have fun playing The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D, Starfox 64 3D and all the new games on your DSi XL... Oh wait....

None of the 3DS lineup even remotely interests me tbh, I have a lot of old DS games from years ago to play

EmilyTheStrange said,

and didn't you read the... "i dont care about 3d" and "DSi XL has larger screen"? so he doesn't care about "succesor" and he wants something that works and has a larger screen?... well i cant believe people like you dont get it....

but yeah, maybe he will die from a cronic diarrhea for not having the latest and new 3DS like cool kids like you... oh wait, no he wont.

I believe he says it because of the reason that it is supposed that Nintendo will stop normal DS support for next year (as it has previously been), and the games will cease to be released.... Unless, he does not have a DS and wants to enjoy the whole library of games which has been released in the past 6-7 years

Jose_49 said,

I believe he says it because of the reason that it is supposed that Nintendo will stop normal DS support for next year (as it has previously been), and the games will cease to be released.... Unless, he does not have a DS and wants to enjoy the whole library of games which has been released in the past 6-7 years


Not everyone in the world has a strong urge to play every game the week it comes out.

I don't think I've ever owned a console within the year it came out since N64.

(I currently have a Wii, Xbox360, and a PS2. I got the PS2, like two or so years ago. )

Seizure1990 said,

I got the PS2, like two or so years ago. )

Hehehe... well, at least is far way cheaper than the PS3, whereas the DSi XL still gets the same price for the new gen... Although the screen size is debatable, I would have bought a new 3DS instead of a DSi XL. But that's me, can't force people to do so XD. (Though the reason could be justified if he had bought the DSi XL before the 3DS price cut...)

Anyways, I know where are you getting at... I myself bought a Wii two months ago