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article imageNintendo drops price of 3DS substantially

By Abigail Prendergast     Aug 12, 2011 in Technology
Nintendo has commenced the drastic price cut of its hand-held system, the 3DS. Despite a lot of hype surrounding the device, sales have proven disappointing and the gaming company is doing what it can to save the 3D console.
Nintendo has officially slashed the price of its latest handheld by an astonishing 80 dollars. Dropping from $249.99 to $169.99 in the United States today, disappointing sales of the 3DS have led the gaming giant to resort to desperate measures.
Not only has the dollar amount been cut substantially, but for those who have purchased the hand-held at its original 250 dollar price and logged into the eShop before today's price drop will be rewarded with 20 free games starting on September 1st. Ten games on the upcoming NES emulator will be available on that date, and another ten for the Game Boy Advance virtual console will come toward the end of the year. The titles for the latter system are yet to be announced.
During the announcement of the price cut back in late July, it was also brought to attention that several new titles are going to be released alongside the new lower-priced 3DS. Taking advantage of the popular remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the games will mainly be new takes on classic franchises such as Kid Icarus, Mario Kart and Star Fox.
"For anyone who was on the fence about buying a Nintendo 3DS, this is a huge motivation to buy now," said Reggie Fils-Aime - president of Nintendo of America. "We are giving shoppers every incentive to pick up a Nintendo 3DS, from an amazing new price to a rapid-fire succession of great games."
Those backing the 3DS are not only relying on its software lineup and 3D visuals without the need of glasses, but also the system's ability to stream Netflix programs and to wirelessly pick up short videos via the Nintendo Video application and SpotPass feature. There is also the prospect of the existing Virtual Console systems on the hand-held - the Game Boy and Game Boy Color - and games initially released on them ported onto the 3DS. 3D remakes of classics, over 350 programs originally sold in the DSi Shop (DSiWare) and free trailers of games available at retail round out the list.
Whether seen as a last-ditch effort to save the 3DS or an attempt to assist the system live up to its full potential is up for debate. One thing remains clear, however, and that is that the 3D handheld is going though some desperate times.
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