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Nintendo 3DS Price drop thread (169 USD, 15k yen, 250 AUD, ~£130, 169 EUR)


Aug 12, 2009
North America

$169 for NA from August 12.
Press Release said:

Star Fox 64 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 and Kid Icarus: Uprising Prep Nintendo 3DS for a Strong Holiday Season

REDMOND, Wash., July 28, 2011 – Nintendo of America today announced plans to drop the suggested retail price of its portable Nintendo 3DS™ system to $169.99 in the United States, as new games based on some of the world's most beloved video game franchises head to the system. The new price, down from the suggested launch price of $249.99 and effective Aug. 12, makes an outstanding value even better and sets up a strong holiday season for the system.

"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."

Nintendo 3DS has the strongest software lineup of any video game system this holiday season and the new price now opens up the glasses-free 3D experience to many more consumers. Building on the popularity of The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D, which launched June 19, the upcoming game calendar is a Who's Who of iconic video game franchises. 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.

In addition to great games, Nintendo 3DS has a host of attractive features* that make it the must-have video game system this season:

The new Nintendo Video™ service automatically delivers short 3D videos from the worlds of music, comedy, animation and Hollywood.

A free application allows Netflix members with unlimited streaming plans to instantly watch TV episodes and movies streaming from Netflix.

The Nintendo eShop is a digital store for Nintendo 3DS owners that provides access to a wide variety of downloadable content, such as original 3D software, classic games that have been re-mastered in 3D called 3D Classics, Game Boy™ and Game Boy Color "Virtual Console" games in their original 2D glory, and more than 350 Nintendo DSiWare™ games. Visitors can also view video game trailers, screen shots and product information for games, including those available at retail locations.

Since Nintendo 3DS launched in the United States on March 27, more than 830,000 people in the U.S. alone have purchased one to enjoy 3D visuals without the need for special glasses. These Nintendo 3DS owners 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.

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.

More details about this program will be announced in the future.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.



from 25k yen

details of early adopters program for Japan.

Mockingbird said:
For Japan, if you buy before august 11, 2011 -- the day of the price drop you get 10 free VC NES games and 10 free VC GB advance games.



Free VC NES games for 3DS (from sept 1st):

Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros.
Donkey Kong JR.
Balloon Fight
Ice Climbers
The Legend of Zelda
+ 5 more

Free VC gameboy advance games for 3DS:

Super Mario Advance 3
Mario Kart Advance
Metroid Fusion
Wario ware
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
+ 5 more

duckroll said:
This early adopter program is very, very rushed. Reading through the details in Japanese, it is very clear that Nintendo pushed this press release out at the last minute and none of this is actually ready yet. Mockingbird has translated the lists and details, so I won't do that again. Instead I'll expand on the nature of the program:

- Nintendo is confirming that they will sell NES VC games on the eShop for 3DS. But they will not be released on Sept 1st.

- Instead, on Sept 1st they will be pushing out "early bird editions" of the free NES games for those who bought and registered their systems before the price drop. Only these systems will be able to download and play these NES games at that time.

- These versions sound like beta emulated versions. There will be no digital manuals included, and while you can switch the controls from player 1 to player 2 for certain games which allow for such play, there will be no cross system multiplayer supported at all.

- Eventually at a later date, complete versions will be released for actual sale on the eShop. When this happens, those with the "early bird editions" will be able to update to the full versions for free.

- For the GBA VC games, it gets even weirder. While there is no release date for those other than within 2011, Nintendo is outright saying that they currently have NO plans to ever sell such games on the eShop. This is something specially for early adopters as a reward, and are considered "not for sale" releases.


Nintendo has confirmed 3DS will drop in Europe on August 12, but has declined to offer a fixed price.

“I can confirm that Nintendo of Europe will be reducing the European trade price of Nintendo 3DS to retailers by around a third from August 12 2011, as part of a global trade price reduction initiative,” a rep told VG247 this morning.

Abassador Program, same as others.

RRP$250 down from RRP$349.95

- Same as the US/Japan, 10 free NES games, then 10 free GBA games.

- No mention of Mario, Mario Kart, Kid Icarus or anything like the other PRs.

Press release


Dec 6, 2008
Well, that should certainly affect sales.

sphinx said:
would be nice to know how much it was, how much it will be and a conversion in us dollars :)

It was previously 25,000 yen.


Dec 12, 2010
That's a sub-$200 price. Not by much, but I guess the $200 price will become real for NA soon.


Mar 1, 2007
Kagari said:
Anyone who bought the system before Sept. 1st gets 10 free NES virtual console games.
If they were to price drop it here soon, they damn well better give me free games. :p
Oct 17, 2005
Goon Boon said:
Early adopters get fucked again, while late adopters get the reap the rewards.

Early adopters got to have all of those months of enjoyment with Steel Diver so it balances out.


Mar 6, 2010
Shinjuku, Tokyo
iKeepPlaying said:
How much is that? Like 250?

Haha; the yen is indeed soaring these days, but it's not that high yet!

Y15000 is just short of $190. It "feels" like less, if you go by what the yen-dollar rate has hovered around for the past decade or so (100-120 yen), and purchasing power parity is closer to 120-140 Y/$ or thereabouts. I wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo matches the Y15000 price with $149.99 in the US.

(Late edit after seeing the actual foreign-currency prices:

169 USD, 15k yen, 250 AUD, ~£130, 169 EUR

Wow, one of these things is not like the others!

Unless Australia has some new included-in-the-price 60% VAT that they haven't told the world about...)


Oct 6, 2006
Goon Boon said:
Early adopters get fucked again, while late adopters get the reap the rewards.
Early adopters should know what the fuck's up by now with regards to Nintendo handhelds.