Nintendo cuts cost of 3DS by a third
Giant game giveaway too
Nintendo has confirmed it will slash prices of the 3DS by a third next month and offer current owners 20 free games, so early adopters don't end up feeling shortchanged.
The global trade price will reduce from 12 August to combat subdued interest, after Nintendo failed to meet initial sales targets.
How much of this reduction makes it on to the high street remains to be seen, but gamers seem set to benefit from a hefty price cut from a figure many deemed too much for a handheld console. Indeeed, the cost of materials to build a 3DS was reported to be just £60, so the company can certainly afford to be a bit more generous.
I spy a price slide
Ninty has also made plans for a "3DS Ambassador Programme", which'll reward consumers who purchased the console at original launch price with a bunch of free games.
These include 10 NES games and 10 Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles, from Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda, to Metroid Fusion and Mario Kart: Super Circuit.
To register for the scheme, users must connect their 3DS to the Nintendo eShop before 12 August. The free software will follow at a later date. ®
I bought one
After the first day, I've had no problems at all with the 3d. Even on the first day I had very few. Motion enabled 3d games, you need space for, but are otherwise fine. The current game selection is crap though
My kids tried one in Game
they tried to get their heads 'just so' for the 3d, failed, and pushed the slider down to 'no 3d'. At this point they are playing with an expensive DSi - they already have one of those - so for my kids at least this was a no purchase for me.
And motion-enabled games? Have you tried to get your head in the 3d sweet spot for those?
Nah, forget it.
Fanboys will be fanboys
No point bashing Nintendo or its users base: many brands have a strong following of fanboys willing to pay whatever it takes to have the latest wiz-bang their fav brand will release. It's the case with Sony, it's the case with Apple, etc etc.
To be honest, if I was in their shoes, I'd try to rip off customers willing to overpay as well, and I'd say that any company that can afford to and don't are dumb. Welcome to capitalism.
If you don'tlike it, don't buy the products. I don't buy Sony, I don't buy Apple (I have a 2nd hand iPod Mini that I bought faulty and fixed), I do have a Wii (bought 2nd hand). Everyone is free to spend their money as they see fit, and if people willingly get ripped off, then that's their problem. I probably overpaid for some stuff I really wanted myself, but if in the end I'm happy with my purchase and found it value for money, then isn't everyone happy?
Yes I love how some people try to rewrite history....
Fortunately, these days we have the Internet that we can refer to as a kind of long term memory store...
A sony exec quote from the article:
"The controller is innovative, but the Wii is basically a repurposed GameCube. If you’ve built your console on an innovative controller, you have to ask yourself, Is that long term?”
(That sounds like exec speak for stupid and gimmick to me)
Thats so hypocritical from someone who comes onto this site and "flings mud" at anything that isn't Sony. You might post anonymously this time but your style shines through and we all know who you are. If Microsoft are so busy slating Sony, why is it only Sony shills coming on sites like this and flinging all the mud?? Nintendo made motion control fun. Face it, they did a better job than your financiers! Get over it. Stop getting red faced with anger every time theres a Sony story. What a douche.