Nintendo fights poor 3DS sales with big price drop
Nintendo has announced massive price-cuts for its 3DS - a console not selling as well as the Japanese gaming giant might have liked - but also casually dropped in that virtual NES and virtual Game Boy Advance console titles will become available in the 3DS eShop.
And what's more, Nintendo is offering gamers who purchased, or will purchase, the 3DS before the date of the price-drop (12 August) 20 free games from the newly added virtual consoles.
The NES games will see the likes of Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda hitting your 3DS, and the 10 GBA titles include Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare, Inc, Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong.
The price of the 3DS is to drop to $169.99, down from $249.99 in the US - no UK prices have been confirmed yet but there are reports that the new RRP will be around £170, meaning an on-sale price of between £130 and £140 - currently the RRP is £269, but retailers sell them for just under £200.
Announcing the price cut amongst financial results, which stated a first quarter operating loss of ¥37.7bn (£297m), Nintendo said: "So that we will be able to create momentum for Nintendo 3DS and accelerate its market penetration toward the year-end sales season, when the lineup for the applicable software shall be enriched, the company has decided to make this markdown."