Nintendo’s latest game machine may be cutting-edge videogame technology, but it hasn’t received the attention that Nintendo had hoped. As a result, Nintendo has announced that it’s dropping the price of the Nintendo 3DS.
Starting August 12, Nintendo’s 3D handheld machine will drop by $80…from $249.99 to $169.99.
Nintendo has sold more than 4 million 3DS systems worldwide, but only about 830,000 units in the U.S. since its release. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, considering that previous 3D-less versions of the machine (such as the DS, DS Lite, DS XL and DSi) already saturate the market. Sure, the tech is cool – the 3DS doesn’t require 3D glasses to play games or watch movies in 3D – but the machine has failed to impress gamers and other electronics consumers.
Nintendo’s 3DS Ambassador Program: Free Games for Early Adopters
If you already bought a 3DS and are a bit upset at news of the price drop – less than a year after its release – you’ll be happy to know Nintendo will be making up for the price drop with a gift.
“Early adopters represent some of Nintendo’s most loyal customers, and Nintendo is rewarding them for getting in on the action early with 20 free downloadable games from the Nintendo eShop,” Nintendo said in a statement. But wait just a second before you go running to download your free games…
To get your free games you have to use a wireless Internet connection to connect to the Nintendo eShop at least once before 11:59 PM Eastern time on Aug. 11 to get your free games. Gamers who buy the 3DS prior to August 12 will get half of their free games in September and the rest before the end of the year.
More of the Same: In 3D!
Does the Nintendo 3DS have great games? Yes, but the handheld device is also dogged by re-make syndrome. Games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time have gotten the 3D treatment, but is this really what gamers want? The 3DS uses Sharp’s parallax barrier LCD to display 3D without glasses. But just like the movies, making the next generation of video games will be about the content, and not the gimmick, and that’s what will get consumers motivated to buy your product.
How about you? Are you ready to buy a Nintendo 3DS now?
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