According to a new press release Nintendo of America has officially announced today that they are intending to drop their suggested retail price of the Nintendo 3DS system from $249.99 to $169.99.
It is no secret in the gaming industry that the 3DS has not been doing well. Sales have been low since its release and there have been a lot of people pointing fingers as too exactly why. Some have said that it is because the 3D aspect of the system is gimmicky, and that there hasn’t yet been a game released that really uses the 3D capabilities of the machine in any meaningful way. There has also been the problem that the most anticipated 3DS games are only just starting to be released, despite the fact that the 3DS has been on the market for several months now. Finally, and probably the most damming problem has been the price.
At the very beginning of this summer I purchased a DS for my girlfriend as her old one had broken and we wanted to play Pokemon:Black&White together. For a while I considered going all out and getting her the 3DS until I realized that even without the games it was going to cost me $100 dollars more. I then actually got to try out a 3DS at a store, which allowed me to see the 3D up close and personal. What Nintendo is calling “3D” does not justify $100 more of my dollars.
However, that may not be the case anymore! By dropping the price down to $169.99 I am now wishing I had waited so I could buy her a 3DS. You can get a DSi for $140-$150, or even a DS Lite for barely $100. But at only $20 dollars more than the DSi, I have to say the 3DS might well be worth it. While I imagine most people do not ever actually use the 3D, as was previously mentioned no games have really taken advantage of it in any meaningful way, the fact is that the 3DS can do a bunch of other much cooler things with its now functional online store, most notably Netflix.
There is also the fact that for those who made the right call by waiting for the 3DS to drop in price, the holiday game line-up for the 3DS is quite impressive. In many ways this is the list of games that should have been available at launch. Had they been, the system would probably be faring much better in sales than it is currently.
The Games are:
Star Fox 64 3D
Super Mario 3D Land
Mario Kart 7
Kid Icarus: Uprising
These are the titles you have been waiting to see on the 3DS, and they are coming out coupled with a substantial price drop on the system itself. If you were on the fence about whether or not the 3DS would be worth your money, I promise you this holiday season is the time to buy.