Nintendo 3DS gets Price Drop to $169 on August 12th; 20 Free Games for Early Adopters

July 28, 2011


Nintendo made a surprise announcement this morning that should make any of you who’ve wanted a 3DS want one more now.  Starting August 12th, the 3DS will retail for $169.99 instead of $249.99.

Here’s their official statement:

“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.”

Nintendo 3DS has the strongest software lineup of any video game system this holiday season and the new price now opens up the glasses-free 3D experience to many more consumers. Building on the popularity of The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D, which launched June 19, the upcoming game calendar is a Who’s Who of iconic video game franchises. Star Fox 64™ 3D arrives on Sept. 9, followed by Super Mario™ 3D Land in November, Mario Kart™ 7 in December and Kid Icarus™: Uprising during the holiday season.”

Now how about us early adopters of the 3DS?  Well, for those of us who purchase(d) a 3DS before August 11th, we’re entitled 20 free games.  That’s right, 20 FREE games!  Now let me explain.  NES and Game Boy Advance titles are on their way to the Virtual Console service on the Nintendo eShop.  On September 1st, they will launch the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program which entitles early adopters 10 free NES and 10 free GBA games that they will release throughout the rest of the year.

For the NES, they’ve mentioned some games such as Super Mario Bros.,Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda.  For the GBA, they mentioned Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgame$.  The NES titles will be available to non-ambassadors later in the year for a price while the GBA titles mentioned are exclusive to Ambassadors.

Well, there you have it, Nintendo not only announced an excellent new price for the 3DS, but they’re taking care of their early adopters as well!  Will you be purchasing a 3DS when the price drop is in effect or will you buy one before August 12th to gain access to the Ambassador program?  Sound off in the comments!


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Marcello is the founder, creator and editor-in-chief of GamersXtreme. His dedication and passion shows as he keeps gamers informed with daily news articles and provides truthful, honest opinions on all gaming related news. Having experience with video game design, as well as over 20 years of gaming under his belt, Marcello has always had a massive interest in the gaming society. Originally, he created GamersXtreme in the style of a magazine back in middle school. Today, he has taken what was created as a basic premise and has evolved it into the site it is today.

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