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10:15 AM on 08.08.2011

PS Vita pressured to cut price or 'risk major failure'

Despite launching at the same price the 3DS launched at, the PlayStation Vita is being pressured by pundits and analysts to lower its price. Sony's Kaz Hirai stated last week that the Vita would retain its $250 price point, b...

Jim Sterling







Walmart to sell $170 3DS early so you can steal GBA games photo
Walmart to sell $170 3DS early so you can steal GBA games
by Jim Sterling

The Nintendo 3DS is officially due to go down in price on August 12, but if you head to Walmart, you'll be able to get the discounted $169.99 system early. It'll be reducing the price on Tuesday, August 9. 

The rogues among you might have already guessed the implication of this, as savvy customers will now be able to get a cheaper 3DS and qualify for Nintendo's "Ambassador" initiative, which was set up to reward early adopters who paid full price. 

Ambassadors will qualify for free games if their 3DS has connected to the Nintendo eShop before August 11. Theoretically, all you need to do is buy the system on Tuesday, get it online before Friday, and you will be validated for ten free NES games and ten free Game Boy Advance games. 

It is, my friends, the crime of the century!

Nintendo 3DS Price Drop Hits on August 9th at Walmart [Cheap Ass Gamer]

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1:15 PM on 08.04.2011

Infinity Blade drops price to $2.99

The Epic/ChAIR slash 'em up Infinity Blade has had a generous turn today, dropping its price to $2.99 for no discernible reason. There's usually a temporary cut following a major update, but today it's cheap for the...

Jim Sterling

10:45 AM on 08.03.2011

Wii U not getting price or launch date until 2012

Nintendo has claimed that it will not slap a date or price on the Wii U until next year, stating that the system is still very much in development and the company is not ready to make a commitment.  "Since the Wii U we s...

Jim Sterling

3:30 PM on 08.02.2011

Nintendo CEO apologizes to fans over 3DS price cut

This may be the first time in history where a console price cut has been something a company's apologized for. The controversy surrounding the early slash of the 3DS' price tag has promoted Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata to pen a ...

Jim Sterling

8:30 PM on 08.01.2011

Iwata: New 3DS price to benefit publishers and retail

In a Q&A session Nintendo had with Tokyo investors last week, Satoru Iwata was asked how the recent 3DS price drop would affect third party publishers and retailers. Iwata had this to say: For third parties, the hardware...

Brett Zeidler

9:40 AM on 08.01.2011

Iwata: 3DS price cut due to lessons learned from Gamecube

With the 3DS' rough start and Nintendo's financial faltering, some have already suggested that the dark days of the Gamecube have returned. However, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata believes that the 3DS won't repeat past mistakes, ...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 07.30.2011

The Sun: 3DS price cut due to gamers being dizzy, sick

Remember the Sun's strange attack on the Nintendo 3DS, back when it first launched? The British tabloid attempted to make people terrified of the system, claiming it made users sick due to eye strain. It even invented a story...

Jim Sterling

1:45 PM on 07.29.2011

The Question: Is the 3DS a flop?

[Every Friday, Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] This week has undoubtedly been dominated by the 3DS price cut and the considerable fallout that's followed. As such, this week'...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 07.29.2011

Ex-Nintendo president could lose $300 million due to 3DS

Following the 3DS' less than adequate performance and Nintendo's subsequent profit forecast slash, former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi could stand to lose over $300 million. Ouch! As of March 31, Yamauchi owned 10...

Jim Sterling

5:45 PM on 07.28.2011

Nintendo selling 3DS at a loss after price cut

According to Bloomberg Japan, Nintendo is now selling the 3DS at a loss, something the company hasn't done with hardware for a very long time. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has said that the uncharacteristic move was necessary in...

Jim Sterling






8:40 AM on 07.28.2011

3DS price cut: Nintendo worried fans will lose trust

Nintendo announced last night that, less than six months after releasing the 3DS for $250, that it was slashing the price to $169.99 on August 12. Nintendo is worried that this will cause early supporters of Nintendo to lose ...

Jim Sterling



Nintendo 3DS goes $169, old customers get 20 free oldies photo
Nintendo 3DS goes $169, old customers get 20 free oldies
by Conrad Zimmerman

Nintendo has announced that they will be changing the manufacturer suggested retail price for their Nintendo 3DS handheld worldwide. The gaming system which launched less than five months ago at $249 will be available for a mere $169.99 come August 12. Similar cuts are occurring in Japan, Europe and Australia.

Did you catch that? It's an $80 price cut. That's almost 30% off of the original asking price for a product that fans and loyalists bought on the promise that great things were coming when nothing has come. And now this in less than six months. But don't worry. Nintendo has a plan for those of us who feel a bit chafed.

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11:00 AM on 05.31.2011

DS Lite drops to $99, Mario games get red box

Right when you begin to forget there even was a Nintendo DS Lite it comes back and reminds you of its existence with its new $99 price point. Nintendo says that the new $99 price will be effective starting June 5th....

Dale North



Wii now officially $149, 'Nintendo Selects' line detailed photo
Wii now officially $149, 'Nintendo Selects' line detailed
by Conrad Zimmerman

Nintendo has announced that a new Wii bundle is coming May 15th with an MSRP of $149.99, confirming rumors from yesterday. The Wii will be available in white or black and comes packaged with Mario Kart Wii and a matching steering wheel accessory, in addition to the console and a remote. This also means that there will now be a black Wii steering wheel accessory available separately, which will retail for $9.99.

Similarly confirmed is the new "Nintendo Selects" line, which will include Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers and the formerly-bundled Wii Sports for $19.99 each. 

There you have it. I wonder how long the retailers have known the full story. There were a lot of retailer price reductions a couple of weeks ago but they only went a little more than halfway to where we'll be on the 15th. Now a bundle comes along with (arguably) better pack-ins for another twenty off but, as it has a new SKU, they would have no commitment to price adjust. Of course, there's still probably a few days left on a 30-day return policy if people were pissed off about this.

I wonder how many they'll get back.

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