REDMOND, Wash., July 28, 2011 – Nintendo of America today announced plans to drop the suggested retail price of its portable Nintendo 3DS™ system to $169.99 in the United States, as new games based on some of the world's most beloved video game franchises head to the system. The new price, down from the suggested launch price of $249.99 and effective Aug. 12, makes an outstanding value even better and sets up a strong holiday season for the system.
"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."
I own most of the games listed already, so I'll be interested in seeing what the rest will be before I know whether I'll get $80 worth. Either way I think the gesture definitely takes the bite out of paying $250.
@anon_mastermind I guess I should specifiy, I don't really care if it's near future or not. The 3DS just isn't something I see myself getting in the next couple of years, especially with work stuff and PC gaming taking up more of my time.
I consider this good news, even though I paid full price for the thing and only have Pilotwings right now.
First and foremost: I agreed to pay $250 dollars. That was my decision, not Nintendo's. So I can't be mad at them for offering it for cheaper than I was willing to pay. Yes, it makes me feel like a bit of an idiot, but I don't blame Nintendo for that. It does make me gun shy about early adopting in the future, but, meh, I'll cross that bridge later with the Wii U.
But most important to me and my $250 investment: This gives the 3DS a fighting chance to succeed. The rose was starting to wilt. But now it seems reasonably priced and I suspect this is going to give the 3DS Christmas traffic that it wouldn't have had otherwise. That is good news for the future of the 3DS. I hope I start seeing actual kids playing these things now.
I'm happy to have the games they're offering. As much fun as I've been having with Link's Awakening and Donkey Kong '94, I can find no reason to complain about that. Yes, it would have been nicer to get new games (or a selection), but considering Nintendo's usual conservatism, it's nice to see that they aren't just giving us a small, insulting consolation prize. This is pretty major. And it's been so long since I've played some of these games that I'm excited to play them again.
And, as has been pointed out, this might bode well for the Wii U launch price. Even if this drop was a part of Nintendo's plan all along, surely they can't be eager to repeat the 3DS's launch strategy with the Wii U. Gives me hope, anyway.
If it looks like a desperate move - and I agree that it sort of does - I think it makes up for that by righting the ship. If the 3DS had launched at that price, I think most of us would agree it would have been a good value. Well, that's still true now. I can actually start recommending the system to friends.
My tipping point was OOT 3D + 3DS for less than $200. With a few good deals here and there after the price drop looks like I might just get a 3DS sooner than I thought. While this is certainly very logical for Nintendo to do, I can't help it but feel that Nintendo is acknowledging some sort of failure with the 3DS which makes me worried about its future and the future of dedicated videogame-only handhelds in general, including Vita. Than we still have the problem of 3rd party support which as far as I can see is nearly non-existent. 95% of current and future 3DS library seems to be exclusively 1st party.
@stephen08 I'm pretty sure Wal Mart has a 30 day policy, and there's Target as well. I just called to confirm and it's 30 days at Best Buy, so I'll probably pick one up tonight or tomorrow evening! Hyped!
Just got off of the phone with Wal-Mart. Their policy is a 30 day partial refund if the price is lowered so long as the product is not on clearance. Looks like I am buying a 3DS! $169.99 + 20 free downloadable games? I'll make that deal.
Kotaku's sensationalism regarding this 3DS shit is truly ridiculous. Lotta angry/annoyed posters there right now, me included.
They have another story regarding Sony like 3 posts under the 3DS shit and it reads COMPLETELY differently. They manage to somehow praise Sony (cuz the PS2 still sells apparently) yet bash Nintendo for the EXACT same issue. Both Sony and Nintendo are down, and their systems aren't selling so well.
They read like two completely different articles. Kotaku's starting to get on my nerves for real. What's with the obvious fanboy shit? It's not even subtle.
Just migrate over to Joystiq. That's what I did when I got fed up with Kutaku's shenanigans. Joystiq has far less pointless filler articles too (i.e. "What's Cliff Bleszinski's favorite color?!!").
As for the Sony / Nintendo deal, they're both in trouble on the handheld front. Portable convergence devices have already put the screws to them and smart-phone/tablet momentum suggests that it's only going to get worse.