GameStop drops 3DS price to $150 right before Vita launch, is this going to happen everywhere?

Nintendo’s 3DS had a rocky start, but following a crazy huge price cut, it not only got back on track but performed better in eight months than the DS did in its first year. Thanks to the lower price and giant releases like Mario Kart and Monster Hunter 3G in Japan, the 3DS has been trouncing the Vita on a weekly basis in the island nation. Obviously Nintendo wants to repeat that success in the US, perhaps using shocking price reductions, at least if one GameStop listing is anything to go by.

Currently on GameStop's website you can buy a new 3DS system for $149.99, $20 less than the current price elsewhere. It’s listed like a sale price by Stop, but GameStop basically NEVER cuts prices on new hardware, and Nintendo stuff besides. More often this type of thing happens as part of an industry wide price drop. Is this the case?

Our brief research has proven that competing mega-retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and Wal-Mart are still charging $169.99 for a new unit. Recently Nintendo has given GameStop US-exclusive retail items, like the 3DS Circle Pad Pro and Xenoblade Chronicles. It’s possible that this is another Nintendo favor, but it’d be a pretty big one.

In the US Nintendo is launching a new pink unbundled 3DS system in three days, which would be a great time to reveal a shocking, last minute price cut. Perhaps The N is letting Stop in on the new MSRP a little early, but we bet it’s only a matter of time before every US store will reflect that price. Nintendo is playing hardball with Sony and this clearly appears to be a big move to overshadow the Vita’s upcoming launch that begins with early bundles on 2/15 and a full launch on 2/22.

How long before Nintendo makes this price cut official for everyone? Will UK/EU/Japan get similar reductions? And will this move allow Nintendo to dominate in the US like it does in Japan? We’ll keep you posted.


  • rynmls - February 7, 2012 9:25 p.m.

    they want to sell all of the current nintendo 3DS because they will create a new one with dual analog...
  • SonicX_89 - February 7, 2012 8:05 p.m.

    WTF!!! I just bought mine two days ago!
  • LOZ4EVAH - February 7, 2012 9:10 p.m.

    Sorry but I LMAO'd
  • SonicX_89 - February 8, 2012 6:48 a.m.

    Lol, Its cool.
  • solace357 - February 7, 2012 7:33 p.m.

    This sale is temporary, and the circle pad pro exclusivity is simply because GameStop has #1 market share in the U.S. on Nintendo products.
  • GeedAwesome - February 7, 2012 6:34 p.m.

    The 3DS will be cheaper than the DS XL? That's a bit wacky.
  • shawksta - February 7, 2012 5:35 p.m.

    I never trust gamestop, last time i saw Forturne street at 29.99, i thought that was pretty cheap but they heard me and then slapped 49.99 on the game -_- Regarding PSvita, im planning on owning it alongside my 3DS, but not at the moment, Saving money isnt easy, especially since i got games this month!
  • mackshizzle - February 7, 2012 5:07 p.m.

    I want to see how this plays out. I'm not sold on the Vita yet, so if this limited sale manages to move a good chunk of 3DS consoles and convince Sony to drop their price, I might get it. 250 is too steep for me at the moment.
  • Gex4212 - February 7, 2012 5:13 p.m.

    250 is steep? With the capabilities and power the Vita has most people thought it would cost well over 350 or 400. 250 is a Nice entry point and they have a decent lineup not really great but decent. My only problem are these Memory cards
  • EnigmaSpirit - February 7, 2012 5:35 p.m.

    I love how people freaked the hell out when Nintendo priced the 3DS at first, and when Sony puts the Vita at the same price go "what a fantastic price." And nobody thought it would cost 350 or 400. I think the Vita should be priced at no more than $200 at launch. I would consider getting one if there were more good original games announced for it. Right now everything is either a port or a spinoff of a ps3 game.
  • KnowYourPokemon - February 7, 2012 6:34 p.m.

    Agreed, I never even thought of touching the 3DS until I found out Wal-Mart was selling them for $200 back before the $170 price was announced. That much money to play some spin-offs and ports? No thank you. If it went down to $200 I would at least think about it.
  • D0CCON - February 7, 2012 7:37 p.m.

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure the only reason anybody said the price for a Vita was great was because they were scared Sony was going to pull another PS3 on us and overprice it.
  • 24Castle - February 7, 2012 5:39 p.m.

    It doesn't matter if its good value for money. The fact is, it is a lot of money.
  • D0CCON - February 7, 2012 5:03 p.m.

    I'm guessing this is something being for the circle pad pro, not to compete with the Vita. The CPP costs $20, so why not slash the $20 off the price of a 3DS when it comes out so new buyers come out even?
  • masterjoe123 - February 7, 2012 4:53 p.m.

    I hope this means more ambassitor games.
  • EnigmaSpirit - February 7, 2012 5:45 p.m.

    Same. I wouldn't mind getting my hands on some more games
  • jason-evangelho - February 7, 2012 4:41 p.m.

    Henry, a quick look at their website reveals that it's a limited time sale. And a quick phone call to a local Las Vegas Gamestop (I spoke with their manager) revealed that it's a 6 day sale initiated by Nintendo.
  • tacoman38 - February 7, 2012 4:12 p.m.

    target had it on sale for this price about 2 months ago for a week. could very well be just a sale.

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