Nintendo 3DS price dropping to $170 on August 12
Now that’s something you don’t see quite often! Nintendo hardly ever cuts prices of their handheld products; especially within its first year. But starting August 12th 2011 you can have the world’s only handheld 3D gaming device for $170.
So what actually triggered the $80 drop in prices? Well in simple words, the Nintendo 3DS just didn’t sell. First off the $250 price tag was a little too steep for a handheld gaming device with games which costing in the region of $40. Think about it, you could get a 4GB Xbox 360 or a Nintendo Wii console for $200. One more thing that probably has hampered the Nintendo 3DS sales would be the fact that there aren’t many titles out yet. Sales could pick up sometime next year once there are sufficient titles which can attract customers. Games such as Star Fox 64 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, and Kid Icarus: Uprising are all coming out by the end which should help the 3DS sales figures.
The initial sales figures indicated that Nintendo sold close to 1 million 3DS units in America, which compared to the DS family seems very low. The $80 reduction in price is not only in America, but also in Australia, Europe and Japan as well proportionate to their currencies. Now a lot might think that he 3DS might have failed to live up to the hype considering the price reduction, but it could have been Nintendo cashing in on the launch as well.