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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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7:30 PM on 05.03.2011

Image of 'Nintendo Selects' Wii budget titles surfaces

Earlier today, we told you about the rumored line of budget games for Wii, which is set to roll out along with the also-rumored price drop for the system later this month. Quick update on that front! Images of the proposed bu...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 04.18.2011

Retailers dropping Wii price to $170 en masse

[Update: Nintendo's not committing to a permanent price drop here, but would tell us that "Nintendo provides suggested retail pricing on its hardware and software products. The final price in stores is always up to retailers ...

Nick Chester

11:00 AM on 03.16.2011

Deadstorm Pirates half price on European PSN

Deadstorm Pirates is basically the sole reason to have a PlayStation Move, but damn if it isn't a fine one. This utterly ridiculous on-rails shooter is currently half price on the European PSN, costing £7.99 until ...

Jim Sterling



Sony drops PSPgo price to $150, gamers shrug photo
Sony drops PSPgo price to $150, gamers shrug
by Dale North

Back when the PSPgo came out it felt like I was the only one excited about it. It was small and sexy. It sold...some. At $250 for what really was a lesser game system that what it was supposed to stand in for, the PSPgo was a bit hard to swallow. Then, before last Christmas, probably because it wasn't selling, Sony dropped the price to $199. I know that helped a bit, but still, the cheaper PSP-3000 was lighter and had a freakin' UMD slot.

Don't tell anyone, but I sold my PSPgo on eBay. I realized I was carrying around my PSP-3000 everywhere, all the time. Never the PSPgo. Sony would cry if they knew.

Now Sony drops the price again, probably in an effort to get these things out the door before the NGP hits. It's now $149, which is where they probably should have started at in the first place. This could help clear out stock, but it probably won't. Why? The PSP-3000 is now $129. It's still a better system at a better price.

Here in Japan, where everyone and their mom carries a game system on their person, I almost never see a PSPgo. You trip over people with a standard PSP, but the PSPgo is still rare. 

[Artwork via the f'n amazing Conrad Ruiz -- This is actually a 70" x 110" watercolor on canvas!]

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8:00 AM on 03.02.2011

Infinity Blade half price, major update coming soon

If you have an iThing but you've not yet tried Chair's excellent battle 'em up Infinity Blade, then now is definitely the time to do so. It's half price for the time being, which is turbo-awesome because Epic Games said it wo...

Jim Sterling

8:20 AM on 02.25.2011

PSP-3000 gets $129.99 price drop

Sony has announced that the PSP-3000 is getting a price drop. Sony's little brick of delights will now cost a cool $129.99, just ahead of the 3DS' launch and giving Sony plenty of time to clear stock before the NGP's launch. ...

Jim Sterling

5:20 PM on 01.10.2011

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, DJ Hero 2 get price drops

Good things to come to those who wait, and by "good things" I mean saving a few bucks on Activision's Hero titles. Only a few months after their launch, both Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and DJ Hero 2 are getting price drops...

Nick Chester





6:30 PM on 12.22.2010

PSA: Def Jam Rapstar now $39.99

Just a heads up to anyone looking for something to do with your family this holiday: have you considered Def Jam Rapstar? The game has received a price drop, now $39.99 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii. That's down from $...

Nick Chester

9:00 AM on 08.30.2010

NIntendo DSi and DSi XL prices dropping next month

Gaming on Nintendo's portable systems is about to get cheaper. Starting on September 12, the Nintendo DSi will now cost $149.99, with the larger Nintendo DSi XL dropping to $169.99. The "why is this thing still available?" mo...

Nick Chester

5:20 PM on 06.10.2010

PS3 listed as $199 on Sony Style website [Update]

I don't have much more than that. See for yourself. Does this mean something? I have no idea. The 3D World section of the website lists the system for $199. "Starting at $199.99," it says. It's still the standard $299.99 on o...

Dale North

2:00 AM on 01.04.2010

EA: Software prices will be dropping

$60 is a lot of money. Even if you do the rudimentary math and conclude that you're only paying a few dollars per the amount of hours you get out of a videogame it's still a lot of cash to lay down over and over again. But wh...

Matthew Razak

5:40 PM on 12.18.2009

AAAaaAAaaAAAaaAAA!!! A price drop!

If you haven't heard about AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! -- A Reckless Disregard for Gravity, I have good news for you. Dejobaan Games' arcade-action-high-score-getting-skydiving-pedestrian-insulting most recent work -- which,...

Anthony Burch