3DS price drop, free games for early adopters
July 28, 2011
The 3DS has not sold as well as the DS. There is a lot of competition, thanks to our smartphones. When the DS launched, devices like the iPhone didn’t exist and decent games were not available for your mobile phone.
That’s all different now and Nintendo’s glasses-free 3D gimmick hasn’t been enough to convince customers to drop $249.99 for its new handheld. Maybe people will pay $169.99 though, which is the new retail price of 3DS, effective August 12.
Nintendo also confirmed release months for Super Mario 3D Land (November) and Mario Kart 7 (December) so maybe that will help boost sales in the coming months.
If you already bought a 3DS and are mad about the price drop, Nintendo’s hoping to appease early adopters with the “3DS Ambassador” program, which basically means “free games”!
First, you will have access to 10 free Virtual Console games from the old school, NES era. These games include Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda. The others five are unknown for the time being, and all ten will become publicly available for purchase at a later date.
Also, Nintendo is offering up another 10 free Game Boy Advance titles. The games include Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong. The other five are not listed, but that’s a great list already!
Unfortunately, Nintendo claims these free GBA titles won’t be made available to everyone else.
More details about the program are to be announced, but Nintendo’s only requirement is that players connect to the eShop before 11:59 p.m. EST on August 11, which basically means – do it before the price drop!
This might cause a hefty blow to people looking at buying a Sony Vita at the end of the year.