After the not-so-great sales that Nintendo gathered from their most recent handheld console, the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo has issued a press statement for both US and European regions, as well as for Australia and Japan. For all regions, Nintendo 3DS will receive a price cut. From the hefty amount of $250 (roughly Php10,000), the 3DS will now be sold for only $169.99 (roughly Php7,000)! That’s a huge price-drop for such a new handheld console.
This price cut will be effective starting on August 2, 2011. The question is, will the local game stores here in the Philippines follow this? Or will we have to wait until December before they actually cut the price? We’ll have to wait and see.
Also announced were plans to bring Gameboy Advance AND Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games to the 3DS’ Virtual Console service. GBA was rumored since the system was announced, but NES games come as a rather big surprise. In addition to this news, there is a very special gift for gamers who connect their 3DSes to wifi on August 11th before 11:59pm (EST). These gamers who do so will be registered for the “Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program”. Likely to give a special treat for people who paid full price for the system before August 12th, Nintendo is offering some free VC games to those who do this. There will be 10 FREE NES VC games made available to these members. The full list hasn’t been released yet, but five of the games include-
– Super Mario Bros
– Donkey Kong Jr
– Balloon Fight
– Ice Climber
– The Legend of Zelda
– +5 more unknowns
This is a limited time offer, so don’t forget! They will later be available as paid downloads for non-early adopters (though any updates to the games will be offered free. In addition to these NES games, 10 free GBA games will also be released on the 3DS’ VC service by year’s end. They will be exclusively released for gamers subscribed in the Ambassador service. Some of these games-
– Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island
– Mario Kart Super Circuit
– Metroid Fusion
– Wario Ware Inc Mega Microgame$
– Mario vs Donkey Kong
– +5 more unknowns
The GBA games will be free downloads but are exclusive to Ambassador members for the moment. Nintendo has stated that there are no plans to release these 10 GBA to the general public. No word on whether Nintendo will in fact release a GBA VC service to other people, but it’s highly likely to happen eventually. Just a very nice little gift to early 3DS adopters who purchased the system early for the full $250. You can read both original full Japan and US press statements about the price cuts and the special offers below in the sources provided.