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:
It's nice to see Nintendo feels good about the support they are getting from third parties and retailers, contrary to how they feel about the support of their fans. It probably helps that Nintendo is organizing a "Price Protection" program where Nintendo will be refunding the difference back to retailers.
If Nintendo has truly learned from past mistakes, we will finally see more massive hits or, you know, more games added to the embarrassing eShop offering to help fill the gap Nintendo is making in their profit margin for the 3DS.
3DS price drop good for developers and retailers, says Nintendo CEO [andriasang.com]