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Mitsuo-Dexl
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Here's an article you guys will love/hate:  (I'm on the fence about it, depends on the titles offered)


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Faced with horrendous earnings and ongoing weak demand, Nintendo has dramatically lowered the price of its 3DS handheld system just four months after the system hit store shelves. Starting Aug. 12, the company will drop the price of the 3DS from $250 to $170 -- a move it hopes will spark flagging consumer interest and lay the groundwork for a strong holiday season.


And, in a move designed to prevent a backlash from the system's early adopters, Nintendo announced it would give existing owners of the system 20 free downloadable games from the Nintendo eShop.


The collection of free games is a pretty notable one. Starting September 1, people who paid the full $250 for the 3DS will be able to download 10 NES Virtual Console games for free before they become available to players who waited for the hardware discount. The titles include Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda.


Then, at the end of the year, they'll get another 10 Virtual Console game -- this time from the Game Boy Advance lineup - which will only be made available to the $250 early adopters (Nintendo has euphemistically labeled this group members of its "3DS Ambassador program.") Among the titles are Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong.


The move might quell frustration from existing users and lure in new buyers, but it won't prevent people from pointing to the 3DS as a significant stumble on Nintendo's part. The company had bet heavily on the system -- which lets users play games in stereoscopic 3D without the need for special glasses -- to help it regain ground lost to mobile devices like Apple's iPhone. But the high price and weak launch lineup of software quickly killed any momentum.


"It is now clear that the combination of these new features is not necessarily easy-to-understand by just saying one word to those without experience," said Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata at the time. "We have found that not all Nintendo 3DS users enjoy this software. There seems to be more than a few consumers who have Nintendo 3DS hardware but don't know about this software and possibly haven't had a chance to get interested in it."


Nintendo hasn't had a good year on the console front, either, with Wii hardware and software sales dipping significantly. The company did not mention any cuts for that system, however.


Beyond the 3DS price cut, there is hope for the system as it finally appears to be beefing up its software lineup. Critically-acclaimed hit The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D launched a few weeks ago, and before the end of the year, heavy hitters like Star Fox 64 3D, Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 will be on store shelves.


Investors certainly hope the price cut will turn things around. In its first fiscal quarter, Nintendo saw its revenues drop by more than 50 percent compared to a year ago. It also reported a $328 million loss -- it's first ever quarterly loss. The company has further slashed its annual earnings expectations to 35 billion yen, it's lowest since 1985.

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Copied from Yahoo!'s pointless Top News section.

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July 28, 2011 at 8:21 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Cecil-Jacobs
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I've been wanting one for a while so them getting cheaper sounds good to me. What worries me is Nintendo failing to make money.

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July 28, 2011 at 9:01 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Mitsuo-Dexl
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I'm not sure what happened to Nintendo, I mean...its hand-held system still way surpasses the experience I had with my PSP, but they just can't make the money.


Part of it feels to me its because of the games being released on their systems.  I think the Wii has shot itself in the foot making itself a family system, as I overlook almost every game on the Wii, and I'm sure many, many others do as well.  Plus releasing a new handheld with no decent games to back it up was just stupid, it was out for several weeks before OoT came out.

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July 28, 2011 at 9:06 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Mitsuo-Dexl
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What is up with PR today?  It is buggy as hell.


And by PR I mean Webs, obviously.

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July 28, 2011 at 9:06 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Cecil-Jacobs
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No idea. I've tried to be really careful to check my posts. I've nearly double-posted 3 times already today.


That WAS stupid. Not only that, but the games they are releasing are mostly Ports. I'm NOT against those ports, but without any original games and series it is easy enough to just skip the ports and get the original games for an old system.

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July 28, 2011 at 9:19 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Crimson DESTR0YA
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Cecil-Jacobs at July 28, 2011 at 9:01 PM

I've been wanting one for a while so them getting cheaper sounds good to me. What worries me is Nintendo failing to make money.

my thoughts exactly.


still, the sluggish pace they're moving at with these games is just baffling and inexcusable to me. i'm not surprised at all to hear it's doing this poorly. it should have LAUNCHED with Zelda and Mario Kart. and oh by the way, still not even a rough guess as for the release of the two titles i was most excited about (Paper Mario and Animal Crossing)


Nintendo,

i am disappoint. 

but i will continue to spend money on all of your shenanigans.

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July 29, 2011 at 12:04 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Mitsuo-Dexl
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Nick, I lol'd at your post.

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July 29, 2011 at 12:39 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Tamoria
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It's kinda good news for me, since I wanted one, but not at the price they're at right now. I think I'm still going to wait for some more games to come out, though.

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July 29, 2011 at 2:44 AM Flag Quote & Reply

B "Diddy" M
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I read about this on the Escapist and thought it would be cool for those interested. I'm with Nick though- this all should've been done at the system's launch. Hell, there weren't even any games to play on it really. OoT while being my favorite game and apparently being an awesome port for the handheld is still that- a port. This system *should* have, at least in my opinion, launched with a new title in the Mario, Zelda, or even Kirby franchise.

All that being said, I would love to get one at that price but alas, I get terrible headaches when I watch things in 3D. That plus the fact the 3DS is apparently MORE headache inducing, I'll have to pass.

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July 30, 2011 at 6:10 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Crimson DESTR0YA
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i have to admit, it's given me a couple already. nothing skull-shattering, but enough to force me to take a break when i otherwise wouldn't have wanted to.

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July 30, 2011 at 6:30 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Mitsuo-Dexl
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I don't use the 3D feature.  I think it was poorly done, since everyone I have talked to get headaches from it.  But I mean, I had lost my DS previous to this one, so to have my own DS is nice, regardless if I use the gimmick it was marketed for.

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July 30, 2011 at 11:14 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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