Four months after the 3DS’s launch, the system has sold only 830,000 units, Nintendo posted its first ever quarterly operating loss and cut its full-year profit forecast, and there’s a feeling of dissatisfaction amongst the general public around the DS successor. With PS Vita on the way, it’s time for a competitive 3DS price.
Starting August 12, the 3DS will sell for $169 in the U.S., 32%/$80 less than its launch price. Other markdowns:
- EU/UK - Unspecified price drop from €249/£229
- Australia - From $349 AUD to $249 AUD
- Japan - From ¥25,000 to ¥15,000
Those of you who bought a 3DS need not feel totally screwed, as Nintendo is rolling out early adopter benefits — 20 free NES/GBA games on the 3DS Virtual Console. This is the first time I’ve heard NES/GBA titles formally announced for the eShop!
With the NES games, Nintendo will begin releasing early versions (possibly with limited features or simple ROM dumps?) starting September 1st to early adopters for free. Later in the year, it will sell updated, paid versions, which will also be free to early “Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors”.
The 10 NES games include the following:
- Super Mario Bros.
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- The Legend of Zelda
- And five others
Here are the 10 Game Boy Advance titles, which will be “be available exclusively to Ambassadors” before the end of the year (Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 GBA games available to the general public):
- Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3
- Mario Kart: Super Circuit
- Metroid Fusion
- WarioWare Inc: Mega Microgame$
- Mario vs Donkey Kong
- And five others
As for retail titles, Nintendo announced launch months and new names for its Super Mario and Mario Kart 3DS games: Super Mario 3D Land (November) and Mario Kart 7 (December). Kid Icarus: Uprising hits this holiday season.
Now all we need are more third-party games! And a longer battery life, but there are accessories for that…
See also: More Nintendo 3DS news
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