Nintendo Slashes 3DS prices by 40%

Nintendo seem to be having a hard time getting its latest 3DS Console to stick and sale as after an initial launch rush sales and demand for the console have slowed quite considerably and for a company who’s last console sold over 86 million worldwide.

But it would seem that Nintendo are panicking slightly over the relatively new consoles sales figures as in its homeland of Japan the 3DS is just about to receive a mammoth price drop of over 40% with the rest of the world looking likely to follow.

Nintendo has announced that it will be dropping the price of the 3D handheld gaming machine by a huge 10,000 Yen price drop taking its original price (25000) down to a paltry 15,000 Yen. In the UK by direct conversion this works out as price drop of £79 from the original price of £196 which takes the console down to the sub £120 mark!

This is a mammoth price drop as the console was only released in Japan in February and normally Nintendo themselves hold the prices of the consoles for some time until the has slowed.

Many people consider the slow sales of the 3DS to be down to the availability of Classic and well know games with Nintendo still only having a small 3DS games line-up which features very few big hitter in the Nintendo Cannon.

But with the soon to be released Super Mario 3D Land to come in November and with Mario Kart 7, Star Fox and Kid Icarus to follow for Christmas time the sales of the console may jump considerably especially with the price drop.

The Japanese price drop will be coming into effect as of the 11th of August and Nintendo has stated that other regions will see a price cut sometime between “July and September” but that “the ranges and the timings of the markdown will be different from that of Japan”.

We can all hope that Nintendo cut the price of the 3DS in Europe as much as 40% but realistically we would expect a price around the £150 mark.

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