Walmart is choosing to lower the price of the Nintendo 3DS to $169.99 on August 9th. This move by the retail giant will allow purchasers to not only get the system at the discounted price, but also still get into the 3DS Ambassador program before the cutoff.
Last week Nintendo announced they would be dropping the price of their no glasses 3D, handheld system, the 3DS from $249.99 to $169.99 on August 12th. That date is less than 6 months after the launch of the system. In order to appease customers who purchased the system for full price Nintendo announced the 3DS Ambassador program. This program will give anyone who connects their 3DS to the eShop by August 11th at 11:59 pm, a total of 20 free games. Half the games will be NES games and the other half GBA games.
Walmart is aggressively trying to move 3DS units by giving new purchasers the best of both worlds. According to CheapAssGamer an inside and trusted source indicated that Walmart would offer the discounted price on the 3DS on August 9th. That means a consumer could buy the device at $70 off and still make the 3DS Ambassador cutoff. Getting the discounted price and all of those free games almost seems like stealing.
This is a really bold move by Walmart to grab a large portion of sales of the handheld to savvy consumers who keep on top of their news. The thing is, since Walmart never reports their sales numbers to the NPD, it will be largely unknown how much they profit from this move. It could also be that Walmart has a ton of units that are just sitting in their stock because consumers are waiting for the price drop to purchase. Either way, Tuesday sounds like a good day to buy a 3DS from Walmart.