Nintendo 3DS Getting Massive Price Cut - Existing Owners Getting Free Games

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This has been widely reported, but here's the story on IGN. Essentially, the Nintendo 3DS will now retail for $169.99, and existing owners who paid the launch price of $249.99 will get 20 free virtual console games, which consists of 10 NES and 10 GameBoy Advance titles.

I'm glad they're taking care of their existing owners. Clearly Nintendo priced this not at a price point they had to, but at a price point they thought they could get away with. If they were able to back up the 3DS launch with positive buzz and great software (i.e., software that would excite the masses), they *might* have gotten away with the $250 price point (though I continue to argue the buzz remains with smartphones and tablets, not gaming handhelds), but really, it makes you wonder why this wasn't $199.99 to start with, let alone $179.99, particularly since they're making such a huge drop of $80 already. That's a major mea culpa, and certainly not indicative of business-as-usual for Nintendo, who classically really, really hates to admit that they're wrong about something. I've been talking about this frequently, but there have certainly been some unusual goings-on at Nintendo HQ, from the lack of new titles for their existing platforms to a somewhat unusual presentation of their upcoming Wii U console. Perhaps this will be the first of several steps that Nintendo needs to regain momentum.

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Matt Barton
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Yeah, that looks like

Yeah, that looks like Nintendo is trying to make a tactical withdrawal after a bad move. You just can't base an entire platform on a gee-whiz gimmick that's "kinda cool" for about ten minutes and then gives you a headache. I wouldn't be surprised if they quickly release another updated 2D handheld soon and try to distance themselves further from the virtual boy, er, 3DS.

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Right price?
Matt Barton wrote:

Yeah, that looks like Nintendo is trying to make a tactical withdrawal after a bad move. You just can't base an entire platform on a gee-whiz gimmick that's "kinda cool" for about ten minutes and then gives you a headache. I wouldn't be surprised if they quickly release another updated 2D handheld soon and try to distance themselves further from the virtual boy, er, 3DS.

It's not quite that bad. It's recoverable. With that said, I still stand by my statements that we've seen the peaks of dedicated gaming handheld sales with the previous generation of handhelds. The 3DS and Vita will do well, but not nearly as well as they would have done prior to the rise of smartphones and tablets, which really are more than good enough for gaming purposes, and do much better at the other functions that either Nintendo's or Sony's handhelds will.

Here's a link to one of the big reasons why Nintendo is taking such aggressive action with the 3DS: http://www.maxconsole.net/content.php?46133-Nintendo-sees-quarterly-loss...

By the way, Nintendo CAN'T release another handheld. They have to stick with the 3DS until the bitter end. What you will certainly see is a hardware revision at some point, but we already knew that prior to the 3DS's launch.

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Hmm

So am I a fool for considering a 3DS post price drop? I guess I don't really have an alternative platform for the future games seeing as how they are 3DS only. It is just sad that I found my portable gaming unit (DSi XL) only to have to stack another one on top of it just to play the games. iPad 2 + DS Lite (not really used) + DSi XL + PSP + ...3DS? + Vita?? .

The alternative is to wait for the first revision of the 3DS (if ever) and then buy the games I want (or wanted) to play long after they have been released. That deflates the balloon a bit, but perhaps it will end up giving me some superior battery life?

...Things that make you go "hmmm."

Bill Loguidice wrote:
Matt Barton wrote:

Yeah, that looks like Nintendo is trying to make a tactical withdrawal after a bad move. You just can't base an entire platform on a gee-whiz gimmick that's "kinda cool" for about ten minutes and then gives you a headache. I wouldn't be surprised if they quickly release another updated 2D handheld soon and try to distance themselves further from the virtual boy, er, 3DS.

It's not quite that bad. It's recoverable. With that said, I still stand by my statements that we've seen the peaks of dedicated gaming handheld sales with the previous generation of handhelds. The 3DS and Vita will do well, but not nearly as well as they would have done prior to the rise of smartphones and tablets, which really are more than good enough for gaming purposes, and do much better at the other functions that either Nintendo's or Sony's handhelds will.

Here's a link to one of the big reasons why Nintendo is taking such aggressive action with the 3DS: http://www.maxconsole.net/content.php?46133-Nintendo-sees-quarterly-loss...

By the way, Nintendo CAN'T release another handheld. They have to stick with the 3DS until the bitter end. What you will certainly see is a hardware revision at some point, but we already knew that prior to the 3DS's launch.

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Amazing fact: Sales in japan

Amazing fact: Sales in japan before price cut 32,000 sales after price cut, 16,000!!!!! DO the japanese view price cuts as a failure? I know i have precieved they are kind of all or nothing when it comes to buisness, is this them thinking the 3DS is dead? I see the PSP benafited as they gained 10,000 units sold and are not top handheld (sold per month) in Japan.

maybe Im reading this story all wrong (gamasutra).. did sales drop becuase of the anouncment (as in, price still $250 so when people know its dropping they quite buying till price went down.. if so who are they dummies who kept paying $250?)

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clok1966 wrote:

Amazing fact: Sales in japan before price cut 32,000 sales after price cut, 16,000!!!!! DO the japanese view price cuts as a failure? I know i have precieved they are kind of all or nothing when it comes to buisness, is this them thinking the 3DS is dead? I see the PSP benafited as they gained 10,000 units sold and are not top handheld (sold per month) in Japan.

maybe Im reading this story all wrong (gamasutra).. did sales drop becuase of the anouncment (as in, price still $250 so when people know its dropping they quite buying till price went down.. if so who are they dummies who kept paying $250?)

Fascinating! All I can say is that time (that is, in a very short time), we'll know for sure how sales will be affected in all territories once the price drop goes into wide effect for at least a full month. I will say that Nintendo pretty much can focus exclusively on the 3DS until the release of the Wii U, so there's no excuse for them not pulling out all the stops supporting the thing. In other words, I'm thinking they will do everything possible to see it succeed and most likely can "will" the thing to have greater success. It's now or never (or at least now until the release of the Wii U, when they'll have to focus their time and energy on that).

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I guess all that

I guess all that pre launch whining I did actually paid off. :)

Now the only question is....will the 3DS succeed or slowly come to it's end? If it doesn't pick up, perhaps the Vita launch will put it out of it's misery.

It's in my price range now. I just don't know if it's worth it......I'll continue to wait and see.

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TripHamer wrote:

I guess all that pre launch whining I did actually paid off. :)

Now the only question is....will the 3DS succeed or slowly come to it's end? If it doesn't pick up, perhaps the Vita launch will put it out of it's misery.

It's in my price range now. I just don't know if it's worth it......I'll continue to wait and see.

Here's my take. This is the final generation for the gaming handheld from one of the big companies. There's still enough energy left in the market and prior successes fresh in people's minds to have this generation be a success, but nowhere near the levels of the previous generation, which was the apex. The multifunction devices that we carry with us everywhere are sufficient game machines and that will only improve, and rapidly, because of the intense competition in those spaces. Both the 3DS and Vita will seem technologically quaint within a few years, though certainly the 3DS before the Vita, despite the Vita's apparent RAM restrictions.

With all that said, there's lots of gaming fun to be had on both the 3DS and Vita, so I'm glad I'm on board with both. I'm enjoying the 3DS so far, but it's definitely not at the forefront of my gaming life, nor do I think it ever will be. That's not so much the 3DS's fault as it is my own lifestyle and needs.

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If you cant sell it, you may

If you cant sell it, you may as well give it away, at least its good press :) I think the Phone (still not convinced of the tablet) is the next gadget nobody saw taking over the world. The Ipad is (just an opinion and man am I wrong sometimes) just riding the Iphones coat tails. its simply not robust enough to take the laptops place (input,speed and storage wise) and not small enough to go everywhere like a phone. Those 2 things will hinder it growth in the end I think.. but its already sold more thatn I ever believed it would. I just hink in the end people will say "im not carring 2 things everywhere, i need my phone and it can do "most" of what a laptop or Ipad can do.. and for those WHO have to have a laptop, the Ipad while a nice option, just will never replace it. Of course in our tech hungry world there is a palce for all 3, i just think the love fest with the Ipad is the same one people had with the Wii, people will soon start thinkng .. why am i carring this with me? why do i use ths sometime when i use my laptop more? of course in 3-4 more years when laptops are almost gone and everybody has a tablet I will say.. I KNEW IT!!!! :) neat little note did you see the android tablets can now stream netflix (and the phones too (evil grin) while its a hack.. its pretty cool.

I really see the Phone market being the next Big thing.. heck even bigger thant "big thing" i think its going to change alot of stuff even more than it has.. its going to do like the internet did to Phone companies the post office.. they just never saw it comming and now are caught so far behind they may simply can not servive it. its even hitting the cable Tv companies and Movie studios... Most of its due to pure Greed/Big man on block syndrom, we own the market and control it, nobody can change that! Nintendo has had that in the handheld market for a bit and MAYBE that along with the Gimick success of the Wii has blinded them a bit. it worked so well on the console, it was 'sure " to work on the handheld, right?

I do agree with Bill 100% the phone /tablet thing has alot to do with handheld gamings slow down. It will never be in its hayday again.

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clok1966 wrote:

If you cant sell it, you may as well give it away, at least its good press :) I think the Phone (still not convinced of the tablet) is the next gadget nobody saw taking over the world. The Ipad is (just an opinion and man am I wrong sometimes) just riding the Iphones coat tails. its simply not robust enough to take the laptops place (input,speed and storage wise) and not small enough to go everywhere like a phone. Those 2 things will hinder it growth in the end I think.. but its already sold more thatn I ever believed it would. I just hink in the end people will say "im not carring 2 things everywhere, i need my phone and it can do "most" of what a laptop or Ipad can do.. and for those WHO have to have a laptop, the Ipad while a nice option, just will never replace it. Of course in our tech hungry world there is a palce for all 3, i just think the love fest with the Ipad is the same one people had with the Wii, people will soon start thinkng .. why am i carring this with me? why do i use ths sometime when i use my laptop more? of course in 3-4 more years when laptops are almost gone and everybody has a tablet I will say.. I KNEW IT!!!! :) neat little note did you see the android tablets can now stream netflix (and the phones too (evil grin) while its a hack.. its pretty cool.

I do agree with Bill 100% the phone /tablet thing has alot to do with handheld gamings slow down. It will never be in its hayday again.

As I type this and my last comment from my iPad 2, I find myself once again disagreeing. Even I didn't realize just how much of a laptop replacement a tablet can be until I owned one. Instant on, far more portable and as configurably productive as I choose to make it on top of all the native benefits, like portable reading and media not constrained by the necessarily small size of a smartphone screen. Q I truly believe this is not another netbook situation, but a smartphone situation where tablets I'll become increasingly more capable and there will be less of an need for a true laptop outside of using one to replace desktop functionality (or to act as a desktop). There will always be a place for a laptop/desktop, just not necessarily in the same ways that we've needed them. I think tablets fill a niche that many of us didn't know was there, or at least thought possible at this stage.

Naturally, the smartphone is THE device because it has to go with us everywhere. Every other device is just a companion to that. That revolution has long since been underway. Perhaps the logical next step then really is at some point for our smartphones to dock into various shells with different screens, making it a tablet, games machine, tv device, desktop, laptop, etc., as our needs dictate. We're not quite there yet, but I don't doubt it will happen soon, and even better than devices like the Atrix presently demonstrate. Perhaps that will be Apple's ace up their sleeve for the iPhone 6?

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I know the future! It's

I know the future! It's N-Gage!

LOL...But, yeah, I had a vision of a Nintendo phone.

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