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Nintendo Announces 3DS Price Cuts and an Ambassador Program

Nintendo 3DSAlthough the launch of the 3DS was pretty strong, it was not as strong as Nintendo would have liked. Since then, the system has been selling, but not as fast as what Nintendo predicted. With more hit games on the way, like Mario Kart and Start Fox, Nintendo is expected to sell a lot of 3DSs during the holiday season. However, it now appears that Nintendo does not want to wait that long for sales to pick up.

Just recently, Nintendo announced that it would be dropping the price of the 3DS. Now this price drop does a few things. First of all, it gets Nintendo back to what they are known for – selling quality systems for cheap. Nintendo is known for having the most affordable systems out there, and some thought that the $249.99 price tag of the 3DS was shocking. Secondly, it will help give the 3DS a little edge over the Sony Vita. After all, the Vita was going to match the 3DS price tag of $249.99, meaning Sony was coming after Nintendo hard.

This new price drop by Nintendo is actually a pretty big one. In fact, they are dropping the cost of the system from $249.99 to $169.99 in the US. This is a price drop of $80, and a price point that many people think the 3DS should have launched at in the first place. Well, better late than never.

This price drop, along with the strong line up of games announced for the rest of the year, should get the 3DS off of store shelves and into gamers’ hands. All of this is well and good, but what about the people who just shelled out the $249.99? Where is their $80?

Instead of Nintendo just telling the early adopters “sorry,” it has come up with a new program called the 3DS Ambassador Program. To be a part of this program, all people have to do is have a 3DS and access the Nintendo eShop before midnight on August 11. By doing this, the gamer is proving to Nintendo that they purchased their 3DS system before the price drop, which takes place on August 12. Now for the people who do visit the eShop channel at least once before August 12, they become part of the 3DS Ambassador Program. Being a part of this program entitles you to 20 free games. These 20 free games are going to be given out in two waves.

The first wave will take place on September 1. During this time, Ambassador members will get to download 10 NES Virtual Console games for their 3DS. Which does mean that Nintendo is making a NES Virtual Console for the 3DS. So far Nintendo has only announced 5 of the free games, which include: The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong Jr, Ice Climbers, and Balloon Fight.

The second wave will come by the end of the year and will offer Ambassador members 10 free GameBoy Advance games. Unlike the 10 free NES games, Nintendo has no plans (as of yet) to ever offer these games to people outside the Ambassador Program. So far these games include: Super Mario Advance 3 Yoshi’s Island, Metroid Fusion, Mario Kart Super Circuit, Wario Ware, and Mario vs Donkey Kong.

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