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You read right, the 3DS will be lowered in price from the hefty $250 price tag to a steal at $170 starting August 12th. That’s a 32% price drop less than six months after the console’s initial release…

This is part of a global price drop in the portable announced by Nintendo, so no matter where you are, starting August 12th the price of a 3DS will be roughly one-third less than it was the day before.

And before you day one buyers start cursing at the news(like I was), Nintendo’s already announced a plan to reward you for your loyalty and try to give you back some of the extra $80 you spent for a few extra months with your piece of pricey portable hardware.

Everyone who buys a 3DS before August 12th and accesses the Nintendo eShop before aforementioned deadline is an Ambassador and shall receive a score(as in an actual score- 20) of virtual console games, some of which will never become available to the late adopters and others will have a exclusivity period of multiple months and will be available for download to ‘Ambassadors’ starting September 1st.

And these 10 NES and 10 Game Boy Advance titles are nothing to scoff at, either- with the 10 revealed being no less than some of the best to spring from their respective platforms:


  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Balloon Fight
  • Ice Climber
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Five more unannounced games


  • Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit
  • Metroid Fusion
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong
  • Five more unannounced games


Bear in mind that all I’ve listed is only half the list of what you’ll get- so did the Big N make up the nearly $100 difference? In addition to that, does the price drop entice any of you to go ahead and get one come August 12th or does the promise of more games for the higher price seem like the better deal?

(Sources: VG247, Eurogamer)

UPDATE: The free games included in the 3DS Ambassador Program will NOT be 3D Classics, doomed to relive their nostalgic 2D graphics according to an IGN interview with a Nintendo spokesperson. In addition, some of the titles will be betas of sorts, with free upgrades to the full versions once they become available. But there will be one upgrade to some of the games offered: multiple of the NES games offered will support simultaneous multiplayer gameplay once their full versions become available.

(Source: IGN, 1UP)

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19 Responses to “UPDATE: 3DS Price Will Be Slashed in August, Early Adopters Rewarded”

  1. small trouble says:

    I’m very happy now after reading what games we will be able to get.

  2. boo453 says:

    It entices me to get one come (or after) 12th August. I’m not so bothered about missing out on the games (as the list is at present); if I had all of them I probably won’t get time to play them much anyway. That said, I would like to see a 3DS XL coming out, so I may wait, in hope, for that.

  3. Remino52 says:

    Holy smokes! Ummm….thanks Nintendo!

  4. Guy thinkin with portals says:

    meeehhhh liikkkkkkeeeesss muuuuccccccchhhhhh

  5. Sonic62 says:

    Was always happy about getting it on day one, this is just REALLY sweet icing on the cake. ^_^

  6. PantaroP says:

    It’s the Second Wind!

  7. GiottoVongola says:

    Oh wow. I’m really not that sad that I bought early even if the price is struck down, but…Wow that’s a lot of games. Funnily enough, though, I’ve already owned and beaten all five of the announced GBA games, haha. Still, I’d say that handily makes up for the $100 cut in my eyes.

  8. oathkeeper2013 says:

    i’m wondering is it really worth it? i know the obvious answer but i can just pick up those games at my local gamestore if theres nothing new to add to them why shouldnt i just get the price cut 3ds?

  9. Iron Punkle says:

    Holy…Crap… This just made my week.

  10. vengeance1309 says:

    Pardon my french but, **** you Nintendo!! I didn’t buy a 3DS to play games that were made over a decade ago! I don’t want ports or remakes of old games either! Screw the Wii, I guess, huh Nintendo… I mean we finally get a new Zelda this holiday. When did Twilight Princess come out 5 years ago? That was just a gamecube game too! I’m definitely not getting a Wii U at launch until there are some actual *new* games to play on the system. So mad right now >:(

  11. Johne says:

    so does this mean Gba games will be coming to the systems VC in the future?

    • Pokeyph says:

      Nope, Nintendo said they have no plans to release the GBA games to the general public.

      • GiottoVongola says:

        I believe he meant GBA games in general, not only the games early adopters get. But I am unaware of the quote you’re referring to which may include that as well.

  12. Pokeyph says:

    I’m EXTREMELY happy about this. :D

  13. livewire says:

    With this everybody wins! Way to go Nintendo!

  14. Kairamek says:

    So the only question is: Pay more now for the ‘free’ games, or pay less later and only be the games I want?

  15. Zaxtur says:

    This is awesome. I was just thinkin’ the 3DS could use a price drop, and this is a big one. But I’m still holding out for a new model with better battery life. I’m spoiled to my DS Lite’s 15+ hour battery life.

  16. ditto493 says:

    I like the idea of a price drop for the 3DS. I actually think this new price is $10 less than the DSi was/is. (Is it still $180?) And this will be a month before my birthday! :)

  17. TMOSP says:

    Oh and of course I can’t access the e shop because my Internet sucks