Jul 28, 2011

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3DS Gets a Price Drop, Loyalty Program for Early Adopters

3DS Gets a Price Drop, Loyalty Program for Early Adopters

We all knew the 3DS was in bad shape from several big hitters being canceled to a very low adoption rate. Since these facts came raining in people were waiting for two things.

  1. A remodel
  2. A price drop

Since Nintendo said they don’t currently have plans to do a yearly remodel; how does a price drop sound? Nintendo released a document stating the system will go from 25,000 yen ($317) to 15,000 yen ($191). This price will go into effect starting August 11th and is the new MSRP. If that doesn’t have you excited, in the US the 3DS will drop from $250 to $169 the following day.

Obviously, as many early adopters will be aggravated at this change, Nintendo has a perk for you, too. If you use the eShop prior to the MSRP drop, you will be able to gain access to some free classic titles. According to Nintendo, on September 1 until the end of the year, you can obtain ten virtual console games. While not everyone will be thrilled with this, there are some solid titles. However, keep in mind the GBA titles listed apparently are listed as promo only with no plans to sell them currently.

Mentioned titles:


  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Donkey Kong JR.
  • Balloon Fight
  • Ice
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • +5 more unmentioned titles.


  • Super Mario Advance 3
  • Mario Kart Advance
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Wario
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong
  • +5 more unmentioned titles.


So how do you feel about this? Do you think Nintendo could have rewarded people better, or are you just excited to get a 3DS? Tell us what you think below!

[Source: Nintendo of Japan, NoJ Loyalty, Neogaf]