A bit of good news for everyone interested in the Nintendo 3DS comes in the form of an announcement that the Nintendo 3DS price is being dropped to $169.99 (down from $249.99).Â What about the people who bought it before the drop like us?!Â Well, Nintendo is compensating their “most loyal customers” by giving away 20 free games to each and every one.
1. Starting Sept. 1, Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will be able to download 10 NESâ„¢ Virtual Consoleâ„¢ games at no charge and before they are available in the Nintendo eShop to the general public. These games, including Super Mario Bros.â„¢, Donkey Kong Jr.â„¢, Balloon Fightâ„¢, Ice Climberâ„¢ and The Legend of Zeldaâ„¢, are slated to become paid downloadable games, but Ambassadors get them early for free. Once the paid versions of the games are posted to the Nintendo eShop later in the year, the updated versions will be available to Ambassadors for download at no cost.
2. By the end of 2011, Nintendo will provide Ambassadors with 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games. These include games like Yoshi’s Islandâ„¢: Super Marioâ„¢ Advance 3, Mario Kartâ„¢: Super Circuit, Metroidâ„¢ Fusion, WarioWareâ„¢, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kongâ„¢. These games will be available exclusively to Ambassadors, and Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public on the Nintendo 3DS in the future.
It’s quite obvious to us that this was done to contend with the Playstation Vita which was announced to have the same price point as the 3DS.Â Whether or not Nintendo takes a huge hit because of the new price, it’s hard to deny that at $169.99 the 3DS is an amazing system.Â Being an early adopter means accepting the risk of a price drop.Â In the technology industry it is to be expected.Â Look at the iPhone or any graphics card or computer components as great examples.Â You buy early, you pay the premium.
Doing some easy math, the 20 games Nintendo will offer more than makes up for the ~$80.Â Graev and I have done some hunting lately to find Game Boy Advance games (well before this since Graev has been wanting to play some of the oldies) and they can be priced anywhere from $7 to $24 and up.Â Â Just do a quick search for Yoshi’s Island GBA on Amazon and you’ll see they go for $48 new and $9.99 used.Â For those that don’t pirate games on emulators, this is awesome.Â Don’t forget the fact that these (GBA games) will not be made available to the general public.Â To us, this is actually a better deal than the $80.
Their slogan, “It’s a great time to own a Nintendo 3DS!”, is actually pretty valid.Â We love ours.