Nintendo slashes 3DS price to $169.99 due to slashed expectations

Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo 3DS

Revolutionary technology that allows mere human eyes to see (and play with) 3D images without glasses isn't enough for you people? Who knows, but Nintendo seems to think it might have something to do with the dollar signs. The company has slashed the price of its brand new--really, this thing came out in March--3DS system from $249.99 in the US to $169.99. Effective Aug. 12, the 3D successor to the wildly popular DS Lite will be 32 percent cheaper.

Nintendo expected big things from the 3DS, but after selling just 710 thousand units between April and June, after selling 3.6 million in its first five weeks, the Big N had to do something. However, price might not be the only ailment the Nintendo 3DS suffered during that time. For one, it's had a difficult launch period with few games released from the publisher before the 3D edition of the N64 classic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in June.

But the 3DS might have a deeper, more terminal illness that has prevented it from taking off. Nintendo hasn't only been stubborn when it comes to Facebook and free mobile gaming, but has come into the online gaming age overall kicking and screaming. The 3DS still uses Friend Codes for players to connect with one another--arguably every gaming platform has graduated to more robust player profiles and social overlays like Xbox Live, Steam and arguably even Facebook.

Perhaps the target audience for the 3DS has moved onto other mobile gaming solutions. You know, like the smartphones in the pockets of hundreds of millions worldwide? For those of you who haven't given up hope, Nintendo is offering 20 free downloadable games--to customers who purchased a 3DS before Aug. 11--from both the NES and Game Boy Advance eras.

[Via Pocket Gamer]

Do you think the 3DS will gain some momentum, thanks to the price cut? How do you game on the go, and would you ever buy a dedicated handheld gaming system again? Sound off in the comments. Add Comment.

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