Earlier reports that 3DS price in Japan was dropped by 40%, not long enough Nintendo announced the same price-cut in the United States. Mark the date starting August 12 the 3DS will be available for only $169.99 from its original price tag of $249.99. If you’ll notice that it almost hit the price level of the DSi with just $20 on its glasses-free 3D functionality. We get Nintendo’s initiative to broaden 3DS market so buyers would likely to grab the 3DS over the DSi.
But if you’ll be asking us, what if you have already own the 3DS? You are part of the first 830,000 3DS customers in the US that paid the higher price, Nintendo will call you “Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors” rewarding you with 20 free downloadable games.
These free games are available to anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS system and uses a wireless broadband Internet signal to connect to the Nintendo eShop at least once before 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Aug. 11. These users will automatically be registered in the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program.
The program contains two elements:
- Starting Sept. 1, Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will be able to download 10 NES Virtual Console™ games at no charge and before they are available in the Nintendo eShop to the general public. These games, including Super Mario Bros.™, Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda, are slated to become paid downloadable games, but Ambassadors get them early for free. Once the paid versions of the games are posted to the Nintendo eShop later in the year, the updated versions will be available to Ambassadors for download at no cost.
- By the end of 2011, Nintendo will provide Ambassadors with 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games. These include games like Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid™ Fusion, WarioWare™, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ 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.
The Japanese company also highlighted that it will release many new 3DS game titles for this holiday season. Star Fox 64 3D arrives on Sept. 9, followed by Super Mario 3D Land in November, Mario Kart 7 in December and Kid Icarus: Uprising during the holiday season.
Nintendo also emphasized today that there will be strong 3DS game line-up this holiday season. Star Fox 64 3D arrives on Sept. 9, followed by Super Mario 3D Land in November, Mario Kart 7 in December and Kid Icarus: Uprising during the holiday season. All you have to do is wait till August 12th and enjoy this new low-price Nintendo 3DS.
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