Wow That Was Quick: 3DS Drops To $169.99

by Andy McNamara on Jul 28, 2011 at 02:37 AM

Nintendo of America announced early this morning that the suggested retail price for the Nintendo 3DS would drop to $169.99 on August 12th, down from its launch price of $249.99 on March 27th of this year (yes, that quickly - less then 5 months).

Nintendo points to its reasoning with this selection taken from the press release:

"For anyone who was on the fence about buying a Nintendo 3DS, this is a huge motivation to buy now," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "We are giving shoppers every incentive to pick up a Nintendo 3DS, from an amazing new price to a rapid-fire succession of great games."

The upcoming games Nintendo is referring to are Star Fox 64 3D which releases on September 9th, Super Mario 3D Land coming in November, Mario Kart 7 in December, and Kid Icarus: Uprising due in the holiday season.

LITTLE UPDATE: As a way to stop rage at the price drop Nintendo is "awarding" anyone who purchases a 3DS before the price drop with Ambassador status. Here is the way Nintendo explains it:

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 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Aug. 11. These users will automatically be registered in the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program. The program contains two elements:

  1. Starting Sept. 1, 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.: Mega Microgame$ 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.

So what do you think of the fastest price drop in Nintendo history (at least to the best of our memory)? Will this motivate you to get a 3DS?