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3DS Price Drop
Posted on: 2011/7/29 9:21
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Well... I've been on the fence about buying a 3DS, but there's really no "must-have" titles yet. But while waiting, I noticed they're dropping the price to $169.99 (in the US, and I think all regions are getting some drop) - http://www.nintendo.com/corp/nintendo3ds/news/ .

I hope this doesn't mean it's "failing"... I hope they're just trying to promote sales a little bit. IMO, the system price isn't holding me back... it's the lack of games that I want. As soon as something good (and original) comes out, I'll likely buy it. Something like the Super Mario 3D Land or Mario Kart 7 should do it. While Zelda OOT and Starfox 64 are good games, I can't see buying the system and spending much on games I've played a ton of already on the N64.

BTW, for those of you that already have a 3DS, you'll be getting a bunch of free Virtual Console games, which is pretty cool. It looks like the GBA ones may even be exclusive (probably just for a while). I don't think it's worth paying $80 more for them, but it's cool that Nintendo is taking care not to anger existing customers. Now if I can just figure out a way to buy a system on the 11th, then price match it on the 12th. ;)

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Re: 3DS Price Drop
Posted on: 2011/7/29 18:12
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I paid $250, twice. At launch and after my launch one got stolen, bought another. The 3DS is a perfectly capable device, but your asking people to carry it along with a phone. Its that shakey 3rd device territory (PC/laptop, phone, and device 3). In order to win someone there, you have to have quality at extreme value. I try not to compare the 3DS to smartphones, and instead think its direct competition is the tablet market, because tablets are also 3rd devices geared toward entertainment. No one entertains better than Nintendo (even the system settings menu on the 3DS has delightful music and entertains). The 3DS has the entire DS catalog of games you can play, new blockbuster exclusive content, 300+ DSiWare games for download, a Virtual Console that grows weekly, 3D Classics, and original 3D downloadable games that just hit the eShop starting with Let's Gold 3D. That's a pretty heavy-hitting line-up. With great value titles like Photo Dojo at only $1.99, its only a matter of time before the sales pick up, and this price cut will pique interest. Netflix, OoT 3D, Game & Watch Gallery and all of the other useful apps (3DS Sound, Camera, Nintendo Video) in my pocket. I don't know why its such a hard sell for people.
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Re: 3DS Price Drop
Posted on: 2011/7/29 19:45
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The one thing so far I hold in great disdain about some of the games available for purchase on the 3DS is that the Super Game Boy features were stripped from games such as Game & Watch Gallery, Donkey Kong '94, et al. Why is a brand new *3D*, *COLOR*, state-of-the-art system relegating these games which shipped originally with superior color palettes and audio to a dismal monochrome existence.

It just bums me that I can't fully _replace_ my old games with these downloads because they are technologically inferior. I guess that isn't going to be a problem for anyone who didn't play those games originally on an SGB, but...I did...so...it bugs me.

*sigh* Okay, I'll get off my soapbox now. Thanks for letting me inject a tiny bit of angst into this thread. :)
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Re: 3DS Price Drop
Posted on: 2011/7/29 22:41
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I wonder if those at Nintendo have been following the 3DS sales on Ebay, and that's what they used to determine the price drop. I have seen that many people are willing to pay $180.00 for a 3DS on Ebay. In fact, that's usually the lowest that a Like New one or a New one goes for. Imagine, then, how many people would be willing to buy new ones for even $10.00 less than that.
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Re: 3DS Price Drop
Posted on: 2011/7/30 4:25
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I was all gungho about getting a Vita until I read about the price drop. I still doubt I'm going to get one just for Mario Kart and Super Mario 3D Land.
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Re: 3DS Price Drop
Posted on: 2011/7/30 18:42
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BTW, just in case anyone hasn't seen the previews for those games, here's Mario Kart 7: http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/news ... mario-kart-7-preview.html , and Mario 3D: http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/news ... o-3d-preview-e3-2011.html .

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Re: 3DS Price Drop
Posted on: 2011/8/1 3:42
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Man, DogP, why'd you have to go and do that? ;-) Here I was, perfectly content with NOT owning a 3DS, and then you had to go and tempt my addiction with those 2 amazing videos, of which I was previously unaware.
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Re: 3DS Price Drop
Posted on: 2011/8/2 0:37
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Quote:

Benjamin Stevens wrote:
Man, DogP, why'd you have to go and do that? ;-) Here I was, perfectly content with NOT owning a 3DS, and then you had to go and tempt my addiction with those 2 amazing videos, of which I was previously unaware.


You should see the 3D videos from e3 that you could download onto the 3DS via the eShop for awhile. Look even better with that extra D.
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Re: 3DS Price Drop
Posted on: 2011/8/2 15:11
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As if Mario Kart and Super Mario weren't enough to tempt my addiction, I had to take a look at the trailer for Zelda: Skyward Sword.

http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/news ... sed-out-2011-e3-2011.html

It is settled. I will be getting a 3DS a short time after the price drop.

By the way, the fact that it seems that Mario will be jumping on a flagpole again at the end of each level in his new 3-D world strongly reminds me of what would have been implemented in the VB Mario Land that just wasn't meant to be. I really like that.
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Re: 3DS Price Drop
Posted on: 2011/8/2 16:09
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Isn't Zelda: Skyward Sword coming out for the Wii, not the 3DS, or did I miss something about a 3DS version?

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