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Nnitendo 3DS $170 – DS Lite $100

Well, Nintendo dumped the price of the 3Ds by $80 just four months after its release.

Apparently, sales were not meeting internal estimates according to Nintendo.  And then there is the whole Sony PlayStation Vita thing.  No doubt Nintendo wanted to win on price there early.  But slow sales are registering as the primary concern.

Certainly *I* didn’t run out and buy one.  But for me, the 3Ds has only one compelling feature so far, NetFlix streaming, which did not even go live until last week or so.

3DS and NetFlix

I am tempted by that option, though I am held back when I start thinking about when I would actually use it.  Am I really going to watch that much Star Trek: The Next Generation sitting in bed?

Otherwise, from what I have seen, in person and in the news, there is no killer app for the device quite yet.

Of course, if you own a 3DS already, you might be a little miffed at the drastic price drop.  But Nintendo plans to make it up to you.

Meanwhile, if I were in the market for a DS right now that was just right for what I play most on the handheld gaming device, I would be looking at the DS Lite, which Nintendo has aggressively priced.

DS Lites, While Supplies Last

Sure, the DSi has access to the online Nintendo store and the DSi XL has a larger screen (at the same pixel resolution), but the good old DS Lite has the best battery life of the product line and it is the last of the DS line to have the GameBoy Advance cartridge slot.  That last piece is key for the truly obsessive Pokemon fan, as it gives you access to several more generations of Pokemon games.

So I am not sure what Nintendo marketing thinks they are doing.

They dropped the 3Ds price right on top of the DSi XL price point.  The DSi is sitting not that far behind as well in price.  Meanwhile, they are sending out ads for the DS Lite at a price that pretty much pulls the rug out from underneath everybody.

That is some good work there Nintendo.

Regigigas Event at Toys R Us

Pokemon.com has news of another Pokemon download event at Toys R Us.  It will be an even longer event, going from Sunday March 8th through Saturday March 21st.

regigigasevent

Of course, March 21st is the DAY BEFORE the big launch of Pokemon Platinum.  And this Pokemon, according to Pokemon.com, will help you unlock special Pokemon when migrated to Platinum.

The date is also just a couple weeks before the launch of the Nintendo DSi, which will, among other things, remove backward compatibility with GameBoy Advance game cartridges.

I am sure this will mean something when it comes to the migration of Pokemon from older versions of the game.  All of the GBA versions of the Pokemon series are still for sale on store shelves.  I imagine this is the harbinger of those games eventually being retired.

On the other hand, the new DSi has a “hot swap” feature that will hopefully allow single unit migration from Diamond and Pearl into Platinum, when the time comes.