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RolStoppable said:

If that is true and will also be applied to the rest of the world, then that's awesome.

Am I reading this right? 20 free games in total for everyone? Even though I already own some of these games in one form or another, it never hurts to have them within convenient reach.


You are reading what I wrote correctly, yes. And, I read the press release at least 5 times while typing that up. 

It doesn't say "select from 5 of 10 games" or anything similar to that. It says 10 NES games (for example the following 5) and 10 GBA games (for example the following 5), free of charge. I just read it again for the sixth time. 



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Galaki said:
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I don't think other than in promotions and such done via individual retailers an official price cut of this nature happens regularly (I'm sure there must have been at least one or two such situations in history, but definitely not the norm) , you can't deny it. it's around $100 price drop, in less than 6 months in the market. This is not ninty playing 'nice' nor is this planned. 3ds has underperformed greatly in their eyes (.7mil shipment this Q). They rushed it, over priced it expecting more. this is not fair to early customers at all imho, I would be surprised if many don't feel some remorse over this

on a positive note this combined with MK and other games will drive sales big time!

I don't deny that it's unprecendented and totally not like Nintendo to do something this drastic. We all know 3DS are priced this high because they expected similar result like the Wii. Price is based on supply and demand.

We all also expected a $50 cut. It's logical.

I think, this cut is the counter to the announced price of Pita.

maybe to vita..pita isn't that expensive :P

and no this is in reponse to the horrible sales which are well below expectations, mostly. If not they would have at least waited for a release date for PSV. and I'm not denying their reasons for pricing it so high, they just misjudged it and misplanned it. but this will be a more accessible price point to casuals and sales will be much much improved. it will hinder psv sales, at least to a certain limit as well



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TheDarkBender said:
Wow... A huge pricecut for the 3ds! I'm glad I waited, but that Ambassador Program has GBA games... Does this mean others can buy those too or is it exclusive.,

I also saw on nintendolife that in America it will cost only 169.99 instead of 249.99. Hope Europe gets a pricecut too .


The press release says that at this time they have no plan to release the GBA games to anyone outside of the Ambassador Program. 



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ramuji said:
RolStoppable said:

If that is true and will also be applied to the rest of the world, then that's awesome.

Am I reading this right? 20 free games in total for everyone? Even though I already own some of these games in one form or another, it never hurts to have them within convenient reach.


You are reading what I wrote correctly, yes. And, I read the press release at least 5 times while typing that up. 

It doesn't say "select from 5 of 10 games" or anything similar to that. It says 10 NES games (for example the following 5) and 10 GBA games (for example the following 5), free of charge. I just read it again for the sixth time. 

I read 10 free. LOL.



Galaki said:
M.U.G.E.N said:

I don't think other than in promotions and such done via individual retailers an official price cut of this nature happens regularly (I'm sure there must have been at least one or two such situations in history, but definitely not the norm) , you can't deny it. it's around $100 price drop, in less than 6 months in the market. This is not ninty playing 'nice' nor is this planned. 3ds has underperformed greatly in their eyes (.7mil shipment this Q). They rushed it, over priced it expecting more. this is not fair to early customers at all imho, I would be surprised if many don't feel some remorse over this

on a positive note this combined with MK and other games will drive sales big time!

I don't deny that it's unprecendented and totally not like Nintendo to do something this drastic. We all know 3DS are priced this high because they expected similar result like the Wii. Price is based on supply and demand.

We all also expected a $50 cut. It's logical.

I think, this cut is the counter to the announced price of Pita.

Nintendo did cut the price of the Nintendo 64 by approximately €50 after only two months in Europe. Early adopters got nothing.

Microsoft did cut the price of the Xbox by €180 after only three weeks in Europe. Early adopters got two free games and something else, provided they still had the receipt of their purchase.

Sony did cut the price of the PS3 by €200 after six months in Europe. Early adopters got nothing.

So there you have a sample of panic pricecuts.



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M.U.G.E.N said:

maybe to vita..pita isn't that expensive :P

and no this is in reponse to the horrible sales which are well below expectations, mostly. If not they would have at least waited for a release date for PSV. and I'm not denying their reasons for pricing it so high, they just misjudged it and misplanned it. but this will be a more accessible price point to casuals and sales will be much much improved. it will hinder psv sales, at least to a certain limit as well


Although they use much more diplomatic language (as you would expect in a press release), it seems pretty obvious from the tone that Nintendo is admitting this. They also mention their responsibility to instill confidence in developers and retailers, not only their customers. 



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ramuji said:
M.U.G.E.N said:

maybe to vita..pita isn't that expensive :P

and no this is in reponse to the horrible sales which are well below expectations, mostly. If not they would have at least waited for a release date for PSV. and I'm not denying their reasons for pricing it so high, they just misjudged it and misplanned it. but this will be a more accessible price point to casuals and sales will be much much improved. it will hinder psv sales, at least to a certain limit as well


Although they use much more diplomatic language (as you would expect in a press release), it seems pretty obvious from the tone that Nintendo is admitting this. They also mention their responsibility to instill confidence in developers and retailers, not only their customers. 

which is good and I comend them for that :)



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In addition to the price cut for new consumers, those who already own one will be able to download 20 free games from the 3DS' e-shop. That offer comes in the form of ten NES Virtual Console games (including classics like Zelda and Super Mario Bros.), which will be available after September 1, and ten Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games (like Yoshi's Island and Metroid Fusion), which will be available a little later.

So, in NA, we get 20 free games. 10 NES and 10 GBA.



So...is this short-term or long-term?

The reason is obvious- they had the margin in hand and used it to get the money, now they're cutting the price so it's 1/2 that of the Vita to steal the sales, and Sony can't compete. With a year of games as well, the 3DS seems like a must-buy for most over the Vita...



 

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Galaki said:

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In addition to the price cut for new consumers, those who already own one will be able to download 20 free games from the 3DS' e-shop. That offer comes in the form of ten NES Virtual Console games (including classics like Zelda and Super Mario Bros.), which will be available after September 1, and ten Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games (like Yoshi's Island and Metroid Fusion), which will be available a little later.

So, in NA, we get 20 free games. 10 NES and 10 GBA.


Everything I've been writing is from the Japanese press release, so I had assumed for Japan only at this point. Based on the Kotaku report, it looks like NA is getting the same deal at the same time. 



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