FAQ about global 3DS price drops and free eShop games from nintendo official

I thinks , for some 3DS fans,it’s not a fresh news that yesterday,the nintendo official has released a announcement of global 3DS price drops.that’s to say,3DS handheld will become more and more popularity. Following is a more detail :

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” 3DS price drops and free eShop games might have you confused, which is why we’ve put together this FAQ to help you make sense of the issues. This FAQ is a work in progress and we’ll update it when new information comes in

When will the 3DS price go down?

The 3DS price decrease comes into effect on Friday 12th August.

How much will the 3DS cost from 12th August?

North America: $169.99.
Europe: Down to individual retailers, but expect around £160 / €180.
Australia: AU $249.96.
New Zealand: NZ $343.99.
Japan: 15,000 Yen.

Why is Nintendo doing this?

The 3DS simply hasn’t sold as well as expected — in April, May and June the console sold fewer than 750,000 units worldwide, compared to 3.6 million sold in the machine’s first two months on sale. Nintendo’s official explanation is the price drop is intended to “further accelerate adoption of the hardware” going into the all-important Christmas period.

Will the console box contain anything less than before?

Nintendo has not mentioned removing anything from the 3DS, so expect to get the 2GB SD card, charging cradle, AR cards and built-in software as before.

Will Nintendo release any more colours?

Nintendo’s not made any announcement about extra console colours, such as the Flare Red unit recently released in Japan.

Page 2 contains information about the Ambassador scheme and free eShop games for those who’ve already bought a 3DS.

We have answers

Today’s announcement of global 3DS price drops and free eShop games might have you confused, which is why we’ve put together this FAQ to help you make sense of the issues. This FAQ is a work in progress and we’ll update it when new information comes in.

If you have questions, post them in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer as many as possible.

When will the 3DS price go down?

The 3DS price decrease comes into effect on Friday 12th August.

How much will the 3DS cost from 12th August?

North America: $169.99.
Europe: Down to individual retailers, but expect around £160 / €180.
Australia: AU $249.96.
New Zealand: NZ $343.99.
Japan: 15,000 Yen.

Why is Nintendo doing this?

The 3DS simply hasn’t sold as well as expected — in April, May and June the console sold fewer than 750,000 units worldwide, compared to 3.6 million sold in the machine’s first two months on sale. Nintendo’s official explanation is the price drop is intended to “further accelerate adoption of the hardware” going into the all-important Christmas period.

Will the console box contain anything less than before?

Nintendo has not mentioned removing anything from the 3DS, so expect to get the 2GB SD card, charging cradle, AR cards and built-in software as before.

Will Nintendo release any more colours?

Nintendo’s not made any announcement about extra console colours, such as the Flare Red unit recently released in Japan.

Page 2 contains information about the Ambassador scheme and free eShop games for those who’ve already bought a 3DS. ”

What if I’ve already bought a 3DS?

A good question. Nintendo acknowledges that such a significant price drop is extremely unusual, and as such it’s put together a “make-good” package for existing 3DS owners.

Where is this package available?

It is available in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Is this package available in my region?

Your local Nintendo office can best answer that question for you currently. So far we only know about the countries listed above.

What’s this package all about, then?

To thank you for buying the console between its launch and 11th August, Nintendo is launching the Ambassador scheme.

Anyone who connects or has connected their 3DS to the eShop before 11th August becomes a 3DS Ambassador. Part of this involves getting free games to say thank you/apologise for the price cut.

How will I know if I’m a 3DS Ambassador? Will there be a notification?

It’s likely that Nintendo will communicate Ambassador status to 3DS owners via SpotPass, but if you want a simple answer, follow these steps:

1. Have you bought a 3DS yet?
2. Have you visited the eShop yet?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to both, you’re an Ambassador. If not, you must do both steps before 12th August. Nintendo’s official statement says: These free games are available to anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS system and uses a wireless broadband Internet signal to connect to the Nintendo eShop at least once before 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Aug. 11. These users will automatically be registered in the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program.

I like free games. Tell me more!

Every 3DS Ambassador — i.e. anyone who connects their console to the eShop before 11th August — is eligible for 20 free games from the eShop.

These games will be Virtual Console titles from the NES and Game Boy Advance.

What are the games on offer?

The NES games announced so far are:

Super Mario Bros.
Donkey Kong Jr.
Balloon Fight
Ice Climber
The Legend of Zelda

The Game Boy Advance games announced so far are:

Yoshi’s Island
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Metroid Fusion
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$

I can count. That’s only ten games. What are the other ten?

We don’t know yet. We’ll update you when we know.

I don’t want those games. Can I choose something else?

Unlike the Wii Ambassador programme, it appears you will not be gifted with store credit, so don’t expect to have free choice.

Are these 3D Classics games?

No, they’re running under the Virtual Console banner so will appear as they do on the NES and GBA.

The press release mentions ‘updated versions of these games will be available after launch’. What gives?

OK, so here’s the deal. 3DS Ambassadors get basic versions of these NES games early — from what we understand there will be no digital manuals here and no cross-platform multiplayer, just run of the mill NES games.

Later on we understand these games will be updated with digital manuals and multiplayer.

3DS Ambassadors will be able to upgrade to these ‘enhanced’ versions for free once they’re available, which will be sometime after September.

When can I get these games?

The NES games will launch from 1st September. The GBA games will be made available later this year.

How long do I have to download them?

We don’t know yet, but don’t worry, Nintendo doesn’t expect every 3DS owner to download them on 1st September — it’s likely you will have weeks, if not months, to download them.

What if I buy my machine after 12th August — am I still eligible?

If you buy or register your 3DS after 12th August, you are not eligible for these free games. These are for customers who purchase and connect their console before that date.

I can still buy those games myself though, can’t I?

Well, yes and no. The NES games will be available to buy in the eShop at a later date — Ambassadors get them early, and for free.

We do not have any price information for NES games on 3DS Virtual Console. However, they’re likely to come in around or just above the price of standard Game Boy games.

The Game Boy Advance games, however, will only be available to those who register before 12th August: Nintendo says it has “no plans” to make the GBA games available to all users.

Club Nintendo questions

Do I have to register my 3DS on Club Nintendo?

No, this is not a stipulation of the entry. By all means go for it, but it’s not compulsory.

Will I get 200 coins from downloading those 20 games?

You’re a clever so-and-so, aren’t you? It’s highly unlikely you’ll get coins for all these free games, but you never know.

One Response to FAQ about global 3DS price drops and free eShop games from nintendo official

  1. Here is m comment just to say THANKS forr the games post here,
    this is exactly what I (used) to be looking for!

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