Nintendo 3DS receives a massive price drop worldwide, Australia included
Nintendo has just announced a massive worldwide price reduction in the Nintendo 3DS. From August 12th in Australia (other regions see below) the Nintendo 3DS will drop a massive $100AU to the new price of $249.95.
The system will receive price drops in other regions from different dates including Japan on August 11 with a drop from 25,000 Yen to 15,000 Yen. North America from $249 to $169.95 on August 12th. Details for Europe have yet to be announced but we expect those details soon.
Bummed that you just bought a 3DS for the high price or have had one since launch? Don’t fear too much as Nintendo is giving away 20 free games for early adopters with 10 free NES Virtual Console games being made available early to Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors.
But wait there’s more, before the end of the year 10 free Game Boy Advance games will also be made available for Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors and these will NOT be released to the general public, ever. More on the Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors program in our related story.
This is the biggest price drop for a game console so soon in it’s life time since the original Xbox. We know the Nintendo 3DS has been under performing and obviously Nintendo want it to move – will this help? Let’s find out.
Nintendo announces that effective 12 August, Nintendo 3DS will be available for only SRP AU$249.95*. Previously Nintendo 3DS was SRP AU $349.95.
Nintendo Australia plan to offer an exclusive Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program to consumers who have purchased the Nintendo 3DS at the original launch price. The program will enable those Nintendo 3DS owners to download 10 NES games and 10 Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games for free from the Nintendo eShop.
These free games are available to anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS system and uses a wireless broadband Internet signal to connect to the Nintendo eShop at least once before the price drop on 12 August. These users will automatically be registered in the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program. The program contains two elements:
1. Starting 1 September, 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.
2. 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.: Minigame Mania 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.
Nintendo 3DS offers 3D gaming without the need for special glasses and is available in two colours, Aqua Blue and Cosmos Black.
*All prices quoted are Suggested Retail Price (SRP) in Australian dollars
New Zealand price for Nintendo 3DS from 12 August will be SRP NZ $343.99