Global Nintendo 3DS Price Drop; ‘3DS Ambassador Program’ For Early Adopters

Nintendo will be dropping the price of its flagship handheld device from August 12. With competitive pricing coming from the PlayStation Vita, Nintendo looks to increase the number of 3DS owners before Sony’s push on the handheld market. Posting a loss for the first quarter of the financial year has given Nintendo enough reason to slash the prices of the 3DS globally.

The United States will usher in a price drop from US$249.99, down to US$169.99 USD. Japan will see the unit fall from ¥25,000 , down to ¥10,000 RRP. Nintendo of Australia have also announced a drop from AU$349.99 to AU$249.99, whereas New Zealand will be reduced from NZ$489.00 down  to NZ$343.99.

For early adopters of the Nintendo 3DS, an ‘Ambassador Program’ will be rolled out to compensate for the console price reduction so soon after launch.

Nintendo will be offering eligible 3DS owners 10 NES game downloads and 10 Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games completely free via the Nintendo eShop.

In order to claim your free games, you will need to connect via wireless broadband internet at least once before the price drop comes into effect on AUgust 12th 2011. By doing so, you’ll automatically become a member of the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program which entitles you to:

1.    Starting 1 September, Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will be able to download 10 NES Virtual Console games at no charge and before they are available in the Nintendo eShop to the general public. These games, including Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda, are slated to become paid downloadable games, but Ambassadors get them early for free. 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.

2.    By the end of 2011, Nintendo will provide Ambassadors with 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games. These include games like Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare Inc.: Minigame Mania and Mario vs. Donkey Kong. These games will be available exclusively to Ambassadors, and Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public on the Nintendo 3DS in the future.

With the new prices in place, is it enough to turn you into a Nintendo faithful? I purchased my Nintendo 3DS on launch so I’ll be enjoying some free games in this case.

[SOURCE]: Price Drop for Nintendo 3DS