Walmart Jumps the Gun on Nintendo 3DS Price Drop

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Late last week, Cheap Ass Gamer reported a rumor that Walmart was planning to beat other retailers to the punch by selling the Nintendo 3DS at its new low price of $169.99 beginning today, August 9th, a full three days ahead of the official price drop date of August 12th. Looks like CheapyD delivered again!

VGBlogger friend and former owner, Zach Lark, sent me a message this morning informing me that he was in fact able to buy the 3DS at its reduced price at the local Walmart in the Lansing, Michigan area. Even the checkout lady in the electronics department was surprised by the early drop when she checked the system, Zach tells me.

Why is this a big deal? Because Nintendo announced an Ambassador Program to reward early adopters who paid the original $250 price tag with 20 free eShop game downloads by logging online with their 3DS by 11:59 p.m. EST on Aug. 11th. With Walmart jumping the gun like this, Wally World shoppers have three days to buy the 3DS for $170 AND get the 20 free games. Lucky bastards!

So get out there and check your local Walmart store (the price is still $250 online) before this opportunity passes!

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