US retail emporium GameStop has slashed the pricing of the Nintendo 3DS to $150 ahead of the release of Sony’s PlayStation Vita, which is due for release on February 22nd in North America. Other retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart are still charging the recommended retail price of $169.99. Maybe we will see other retailers follow suit?
As I’m sure most of you are aware today is the first day of the official Nintendo 3DS price cut. Thankfully the majority of retailers have acknowledged this and are selling the Nintendo 3DS at a dramatically reduced price. Tesco are selling the Nintendo 3DS for £115 and now Amazon are selling it for exactly the same price. Who is thinking about picking up a super cheap Nintendo 3DS today?
Nintendo has further clarified its Ambassor Program for those who purchase a Nintendo 3DS before the official price cut. The Nintendo support site says Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors who link their Nintendo 3DS systems to their Club Nintendo account prior to downloading their games will be eligible to earn Coins for the 20 free games. Not bad…
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has written a letter to all Nintendo 3DS owners apologizing for the recently announced price cut. The letter was originally in Japanese but the guys over at Giant Bomb have managed to translate the original letter into English. I highly suggest taking the time out to read it.
To Those Customers Who Bought A Nintendo 3DS Before The Price Change
Greetings, everyone. This is Satoru Iwata from Nintendo.
Thank you very much for purchasing a Nintendo 3DS.
We have just announced a price drop for the Nintendo 3DS system effective on August 11 [August 12 in North America].
In the past, there have been price drops for video game systems some time after their release in order to broaden the user base further. However, never before has Nintendo chosen to issue such a dramatic price drop less than 6 months after a system release.
We are all too keenly aware that those of you who supported us by purchasing the 3DS in the beginning may feel betrayed and criticize this decision.
This unprecedented timing for a price cut is because the situation has changed greatly since we originally launched the 3DS. We decided it was necessary to take this drastic step in order to ensure that large numbers of users will continue to enjoy the 3DS in the future.
If the software creators and those on the retail side are not confident that the Nintendo 3DS is a worthy successor to the DS and will achieve a similarly broad (user) base, it will be impossible for the 3DS to gain popularity, acquire a wide range of software, and eventually create the product cycle necessary for everyone to be satisfied with the system.
Those customers who purchased the 3DS at the very beginning are extremely important to us. We know that there is nothing we can do to completely make up for the feeling that you are being punished for buying the system early. Still, we would like to offer the following as a sign of our appreciation to you.
[3DS Ambassador program details]
We feel a strong responsibility to develop the 3DS as a platform — to ensure that, in the end, everyone is satisfied; we will make every effort to do so.
Additionally, we know everyone is waiting for Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. They are scheduled for release in November and December, respectively, so we ask for your patience until then.
Thank you again, and we look forward to your continued support.
Due to the unexpected nature of the Nintendo 3DS price cut Nintendo has announced that it plans to give away 10 NES and 10 Gameboy Advance Virtual Console games via the Nintendo 3DS eShop. To get these free games all you need to do is connect to the Nintendo eShop at least once before 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on August 11th.
- Starting Sept. 1, Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will be able to download 10 NES™ Virtual Console™ games at no charge and before they are available in the Nintendo eShop to the general public. These games, including Super Mario Bros.™, Donkey Kong Jr.™,Balloon Fight™, Ice Climber™ and The Legend of Zelda™, 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.
- By the end of 2011, Nintendo will provide Ambassadors with 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games. These include games like Yoshi’s Island™: Super Mario™ Advance 3, Mario Kart™: Super Circuit, Metroid™ Fusion, WarioWare™, Inc.: Mega Microgame and Mario vs. Donkey Kong™. 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.