For those of you who were still on the fence on picking up the 3DS, Nintendo has just made an announcement today that could quite possibly be the deciding factor in investing in its latest handheld system. They are scheduling a large price drop for the device from $249.99 to $169.99 on August 12th of this year for North America. Numerous reasons have flooded the interwebs as to why this decision was made, and some of them include the fact that the system has sold less than 750,000 units worldwide in the past three months, or that the company is trying to making headway into the holiday season by making it more affordable to consumers.
Either way, this comes as great news to those of us who did not want to spend so much cash on a new device that we weren’t really too sure about. Honestly, as cool as this announcement is, it almost seems too good to be true considering the fact that people who purchased the console at launch will now be eligible to download 20 games from the Nintendo eShop for free. That’s great for the loyal consumers out there who bought their system at launch, but why couldn’t this offer apply to everyone?, it’s not like the people who decide to go for the deal don’t deserve something nice as well.
Anyways, here is how the whole free games thing works. Anybody who purchases, or who has purchased the 3DS between now and August 11th, and visits the eShop before this date will become a part of an ambassador program, and will be eligible to receive 20 GBA and NES VC( 20 in total, not for each system) games from there for free. Some of the NES games available for this promotion include Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber, and The Legend of Zelda. A few of the GBA titles included will be Yoshi’s Island, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, and WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$. The NES titles will be available for purchase after Sept. 1st of this year, but no specific release date for the GBA titles have been given as of yet.
As I said before, as cool of an idea as this is, I think that everybody isn’t being treated fairly here. Aside from this feeling, are any of you out there considering picking this up now after the price drop announcement?, and are you early adopters going to check out the free games? (guess i know the answer to that question already), let us know in the comments below.
P.S.- The price drop, along with the free games deal, will also be available for people in Australia, Europe, and Japan as well.
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