Nintendo Announces Huge 3DS Price Cut

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The Nintendo 3DS is off to a sluggish start, and for a lot of reasons. I’m sure the crap economy has something to do with it, as does the questionable launch timing in March when many of the system’s major online features weren’t even available. But the lackluster reception can also be chalked up to a lack of standout, must-have games, and to the 3D selling point turning out to be the useless gimmick many of us thought it would be.

Obviously Nintendo isn’t too happy with the handheld’s performance–it hasn’t even cracked 1 million units sold in the U.S. yet–because today the house that Mario built has announced what has to be the swiftest and deepest price cut of a video game system that I can ever remember.

After less than five months on the market at $249.99, the Nintendo 3DS will now sell for $169.99, effective August 12th. That’s an $80 drop off!

“For anyone who was on the fence about buying a Nintendo 3DS, this is a huge motivation to buy now,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “We are giving shoppers every incentive to pick up a Nintendo 3DS, from an amazing new price to a rapid-fire succession of great games.”

So what do you think? Does the new price change your thoughts on buying a 3DS? Or do you still need to see more from the game library before making the investment?

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