Thursday, 28 July 2011

Nintendo Drops 3DS Price, Gives Free Games to Early Adopters

This morning, in a press release, Nintendo announced that the 3DS would be dropping it's price in various regions marking down from 25,000 yen to 15,000 in Japan and from $249.99 to $169.99 in the US. They remained unspecific about Europe's pricing but this is probably because they never set an RRP for Europe in the first place. This is all going to take place on the 11th and 12th of August, depending on your region.

As a result of this, it seems Nintendo has announced an Early adopters program. In which they'll be giving free Virtual Console games on NES and GBA to anyone who buys and registers a 3DS before the price drop. While they have only announced it for Japan so far, they are bound to do something very similar for the US and Europe. The press release is all in Japanese but has been roughly translated by a poster on neogaf.

These games will be early in development, for there will be no instruction manual, nor will there be any wireless multiplayer and once the full games are released, people will be able to update thier games free of charge. For GBA games, Nintendo has not announced that they will be making them available for purchase at all so these could be early adopters only.

The games that will be available are:
NES: Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong JR, Balloon Fight, Ice Climbers, The legend of Zelda and 5 others.
GBA: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart, Metroid Fusion, Wario Ware, Mario vs Donkey Kong and 5 others.

This really seems to be worth way more than the price drop, it's hard to be mad at Nintendo for dropping the price since that's just part of business, but for them to offer 20 games to people who purchased it early is rather amazing. Not only that, we're looking at some big titles like Zelda and Metroid fusion. I think Nintendo can also expect a bit of a sales increase leading up to the price drop as people will might see it as a great deal. If all those games were going to go for £3 each, that makes them worth £60 which is more than the price drop.

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