If there’s one thing a successful Nintendo hates doing it’s dropping prices. The company’s previous console, the Wii famously maintained its price point for well over 3 years, in which time the sleek, white, arm-waving system outsold all competitors. The same rule of thumb also applies to the publisher’s lucrative crop of software, with Ninty titles usually retaining their R.R.Ps well into old age.
Sadly, this latest generation of hardware hasn’t been too kind to the Japanese giant, prompting plentiful discounts across the company’s entire range. The most recent beneficiary of the Big N’s big cuts is the Nintendo 3DS library, or more specifically 5 of the system’s best-selling titles.
Announced earlier today, these fan favorites — which include Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D — will now retail at the recommended price point of $29.99, 10 dollars less than the company’s previous mark up. The publisher also confirmed that the discount would appear via the handheld’s digital eShop service.
Nintendo has yet to confirm whether the deal will extend to other territories – more specifically Europe and Japan – where similar knockdowns would see the titles reduced by £6, â‚¬7 and ¥1000 respectively.
While consumer discounts are always a welcome sight, the timing of the move does raise a few questions – namely why now? As stated in Nintendo’s own press release, these 5 titles are among the handheld’s most enduring attractions, each one having recorded at least 2.15 million sales in the United States alone. Clearly the 3DS remains relevant, and with the Wii U preparing for one final assault on the marketplace — courtesy of Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. U – this fresh discount could deflect much-needed attention (and gamer dollars) away from that concerted push.
Are you tempted to pick up one or more of these titles at their new discount price point? How many of the five do you already own? Will this latest sale amp up expectation or empty player’s piggybanks ahead of the Wii U’s imminent releases? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to keep up with all of the latest Nintendo news, right here on Game Rant.
The Nintendo price drop begins April 22, 2014 with Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D all being discounted to the new R.R.P of $29.99. The discount applies to both retail, and eShop copies of the games.
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