Nintendo have expressed thanks for the many fans who were quick to jump on board with the Nintendo 3DS after it announced a huge price reduction, essentially slicing AU$100 off the price of the revolutionary new handheld console effective August 12.
For the Nintendo fans and early adopters who raced out and already bought the device, the company knows that such a sharp price reduction is likely to cause regret. “Never in Nintendo’s history have we dropped a system’s trade price so significantly,” the company said today. “We are aware this may cause you, the loyal fans who supported Nintendo 3DS from the beginning, to lose trust in us, and this is not our intention in any way. Although we may not be able to completely prevent you from regretting purchasing Nintendo 3DS early, we would like to express our gratitude to our special customers like you”.
Their gratitude comes in the form of 20 downloadable games, worth over AU$100 in value. This offer, Nintendo said, is for customers who have already logged into the Nintendo 3DS eShop before the price reduction kicks in on August 12. Dubbed the “Ambassador Program”, early adopters will be offered 10 downloadable NES games ahead of their availability to the general public completely free of charge. These will be made available starting September 1, 2011. Games slated for release include Balloon Fight and The Legend of Zelda.
Further, Nintendo are releasing 10 GameBoy Advance games for free download onto the Nintendo 3DS exclusively for its “Ambassadors”. These titles will not be offered to anyone who logged into eShop after August 12. Titles include Metroid Fusion, Super Mario Advance 3 and Mario Kart: Super Circuit. These games will be made available by the end of 2011.
This is particularly intriguing as it has long been speculated that GameBoy Advance games may one day be sold on the 3DS eShop, though no confirmation from Nintendo has ever been made. Could we see even more titles offered in the future? And more importantly, do you feel that the 20 free games is enough compensation for Nintendo’s sharpest price drop in history?