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3DS Gets a Price Cut - With a Twist

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Okay, so we're all aware that the Nintendo 3DS isn't doing as well as Nintendo would have liked. Even the die-hard fanboys have to reluctantly admit that the 3DS is not the badass system that anyone had hoped for. It's still definitely got potential, but that won't be enough. So, on August 12th, The 3DS will drop from $250 to $170. That's $80. Down to two-thirds of its orginial price-tag. That's pretty hefty, and what some might call "desparate". Your turn. But there's a PLOT TWIST.

For those who bought a Nintendo 3DS at original retail price at any time before the 12th, Nintendo are giving away some games on the virtual console. And by "some", I mean "twenty". For free. And I know what you're thinking, that all the games on the Virtual Console right now are for the Game Boy (and ONE Game Boy Colour game). And you'd be correct, at the current moment in time. But, the games being offered to the "Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors" are from the NES and GBA eras. 10 from each. The NES titles will be available starting from September 1st, before they are available to new 3DS owners. They will feature such titles as Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda.

As for the GBA titles, all we have for them are "before the end of 2011". However, the games offered here are Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong. You may have noticed that I only listed five games for each. These are the only titles that have been announced so far - and as of yet it is unclear whether we will have a choice of what games we download, or if its a set 10 that Nintendo will release. Oh, but there's ANOTHER plot twist. It's like Final Fantasy VIII in here, jeez. Wait, better not. Anyway, for those who plan on buying a cheaper 3DS later and buying the individual Virtual Console games: consider this. Nintendo have no plans to bring the GBA titles to the new 3DS users - only the "Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors".

As someone who's owned a 3DS pretty much since launch, this is only good news to me. Mario, Zelda, Metroid... Although I sincerely doubt how soon some of the release dates will be. I'd be willing to bet that they'll release one title a week, or something along those lines. One thing that Nintendo DID say, however:
"Once the paid versions of the games are released in Nintendo eShop later in the year, the updated versions will be available to Ambassadors for download at no cost."
It's pretty much a win-win for current 3DS owners.

Source: Nintendo


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sweetdudeComment 1: 2011-07-28 15:29
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I'm trying to stop smoking, day 3, so this might sound a bit hormonal.

The source link is weiiiiiiird. It's says something like "thank you for kindly supporting our electronic stuff from the beginning". What's all that about? Do people buy these things out of their kindness and respect for Nintendo, not for a good games console? Surely not.

And this 'Ambassador Programme'. Seriously? Ambassador... that makes my skin crawl a little. It's just such a transparent spin on the situation. They're not even trying anymore. How do they make people who've bought the console early feel positive about their purchase? Bring them into the fold, say they're important to Nintendo's success (why should anyone care), and appreciate the dedicated fans even if the truest appreciation would be to just return the wasted money they admitted overcharging. Sorry for swearing two posts in a row, but f**k Nintendo's PR machine. I don't have any brand loyalty in gaming, similarly I don't usually have any particular dislike for any brands, but** after reading the article this particular instance is an exception because it's so insidious and revolting. It pains me a little to think that people will lap this up. This is another good example of why Nintendo is unique in its fans and critics.

**"I'm not racist, but..."
Glenn Magus HarveyComment 2: 2011-07-28 16:50
Glenn Magus Harvey Seems stupid that they won't offer these same games to newer customers.

That said, I do think that they rolled out the 3DS rather early...then again my perspective may be skewed by the fact that I'm just barely discovering the DS repertoire currently.

By the way, I thought the Virtual Console was a Wii offering. Is there a 3DS Virtual Console feature as well? Looks like it.
Del SComment 3: 2011-07-28 17:16
Del S Is this Schadenfreude month or something? First there's the NotW/News International scandal, then Amy Winehouse, and now Nintendo going to panic stations because their overpriced bit of tat of questionable use isn't selling well?

Maybe if they had some games on it that weren't just updated versions of N64 games or regular DS games. But the sheer pretentiousness of this brick-excreting exercise is making the Nintendo-Apple analogy grow more and more apt.

This is just laughable, and I honestly hope it fails. The price drop might help a little but right now I'd say $170 still is too much given there's no other incentives to buy.
laszlowComment 4: 2011-07-28 17:19
Quote (Glenn Magus Harvey @ 28th July 2011 11:50)
By the way, I thought the Virtual Console was a Wii offering.  Is there a 3DS Virtual Console feature as well?  Looks like it.

It's on the 3DS for GB, GBC, and GBA games. It was announced sometime last year when the first few waves of 3DS news were happening.
sweetdudeComment 5: 2011-07-28 17:59
Quote (Del S @ 28th July 2011 18:16)
Is this Schadenfreude month or something? First there's the NotW/News International scandal, then Amy Winehouse, and now Nintendo going to panic stations because their overpriced bit of tat of questionable use isn't selling well?

Agreed. Apart from the Amy Winehouse part that's a little too morbid.
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