Nintendo to Drop 3DS Price, Offer Free Games

People on the fence about buying a Nintendo 3DS have one more thing to think about while scratching their chins, well, on top of a fence.

Nintendo of America said in a press release that the Nintendo 3DS’ suggested retail price will be dropped from $259.99 to $169.99 in the US as of August 12 of this year.

Not content to give people a good reason to wait until a few weeks from now, Nintendo will also be offering 20 free games to any, presumably American, 3DS owner who connects to the Nintendo eShop by 11:59 p.m. EST on August 11. Nintendo is calling this a part of their “Ambassador Program.”

The games will be made available to the aforementioned ‘Ambassadors’ in stages.

The first 10 games, made available for free on September 1, before they’re available to other eShop users, include Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong Jr, Ice Climber, Balloon Fight, and The Legend of Zelda. As you may have noticed, those games are set to be NES Virtual Console releases. Nintendo also added that “once the paid versions of the games are posted to the Nintendo eShop later in the year, the updated versions will be available to Ambassadors for download at no cost.”

The next 10 games are also Virtual Console games but are from the Gameboy Advance days. These games, made available by “the end of 2011,” will include Yoshi’s Island, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, Super Mario Advance 3, Warioware Inc, Mario vs Donkey Kong, and Mega Microgame$. Nintendo said that there aren’t any plans to release any of those 10 Virtual Console games to non-Ambassador users in the future.

Check back on for more details on the Ambassador Program and the eventual reveal of the full list of 20 games that will be made available.


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Author: Kyle Baron View all posts by
It all started with a 30+ page FAQ on Mechassault back on his high-school lunch breaks. Since then, Kyle has graduated from the award winning journalism program at Humber College and has written for and managed several game editorial/news publications.
  • MagnusR

    Saw the press release this morning. Seems Nintendo are getting reeaal anxious to ship 3DS’s quicker. Plus, with the far more technically advanced Vita coming in the not-too-distant future, the 3DS NEEDS to be a cheaper option. Affordability is a big part of what made the DS wipe the floor with the PSP sales-wise.

  • Yeah they need to do something. The library of games has been a bit subpar. As they continue to build up their digital library a cheaper device might appeal to those still on the fence.

  • Both good points.

    Yeah, Magnus. The PSP Vita’s originally matched price of $249 is what popped into my mind once I saw a price drop of not 50, but 80 bucks for the 3DS.

    The 3DS still doesn’t have a ton of time before the Vita launches and if Mario 3DS and some 3DS adaptations of old generation games are the best Nintendo can pull out, well, the Vita will still have an advantage in games.