Nintendo made a big announcement this morning by revealing that the Nintendo 3DS will see a massive price cut, effective August 12, that will make the 3DS $169.99 – down from $249.99.
“For anyone who was on the fence about buying a Nintendo 3DS, this is a huge motivation to buy now,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “We are giving shoppers every incentive to pick up a Nintendo 3DS, from an amazing new price to a rapid-fire succession of great games.”
The sale comes on the heels of lagging sales for the company which also reported this morning a loss of 25.5 billion yen over the course of the last three months.
As a bonus, anyone that picks up the 3DS before the sale goes into effect, will get a substantial bonus in the form of free games.
Nintendo says that for any 3DS owner who connects online to the eShop at least once before August 12 will automatically be registered into its Ambassador program which will give owners a couple of perks.
On Sep. 1, Ambassadors will get access to 10 free games from the upcoming NES Virtual Console which include:
- Super Mario Bros.
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- The Legend of Zelda, and more
Those games will be available to the general public as well but Ambassadors will get them earlier and for free. Upon the public launch of those games, Ambassadors will also get free updates to those games.
Additionally, by the end of 2011, Nintendo will provide Ambassadors with 10 free GBA Virtual Console titles which include:
- Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3
- Mario Kart: Super Circuit
- Metroid Fusion
- WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgame$
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong Jr., and more
Nintendo also reiterated a few launch dates for upcoming 3DS titles, noting that Star Fox 64 3D arrives on Sep. 9, Super Mario 3D Land in Nov., Mario Kart 7 in Dec. and Kid Icarus: Uprising this holiday season.
More details on the Ambassador program will follow in the coming weeks.