Nintendo announces DSi price drop, foreshadows a $200 3DS

Beginning September 12th, new DSi price tags will read "$149.99," a $20 drop from the current price of $169.99. Nintendo has curiously confirmed the drop nearly two weeks ahead of time... curses be to the uninformed gamer who goes out and buys one over the next 12 days. The DSi XL will also fall from $189.99 to $169.99, and The DS Lite, which continues to be manufactured, will remain at its $129.99 price point.

It's unusual for any company to announce a price cut so far in advance. But then, when the announcement comes on the actual day, recent purchasers go up in arms. Damned if you do, damned if you don't, right? That strangeness aside, this may offer some insight into Nintendo's plans for the 3DS.

The cut, we imagine, is meant to reinvigorate DS sales now, as well as keep the DSi relevant when the 3DS comes out. And it also seems likely that Nintendo is trying to distance its old systems from the price point of the 3DS, which gives more credence to creeping rumors that the upcoming system will be priced at a friendly $200.

The price and release date for the 3DS will be announced just a couple weeks after the new DS prices go into effect, on September 29th, which further suggests that the drop is related. This, of course, is speculation - all will be revealed next month!

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  • GameManiac - September 3, 2010 4:01 a.m.

    3DS for $200? Hell yeah! Nintendo really knows how to keep an acceptable price range for its products.
  • D0CCON - August 30, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    That's $50 less than I was hoping for, if that's the case. This summer, I did a pretty large project with our driveway shoveling dirt, raking it, fertilizing it, and then seeding it with grass (followed by an hour of watering every day afterwards. Oh and the biggest storm of the summer that happened the day after I finished the first time and washed out my work, causing me to do some of it over). The reason I put up with it was because I was going to be paid at least $400 for my work and I was going to put that money towards a 3DS. It's nice to see I'll be able to do that, buy a game, and then put the rest into savings. Actually, I already have nearly enough on hand to buy 2 3DSes if this is the case, but I plan on putting all of that into savings (OK, maybe some of it will go to Portal 2). It feels good working when you know this will be your reward.
  • xerroz - August 30, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    Sweet, I wouldnt find paying $200, heck i'd even pay $250 since i know the 3DS is gonna be good. at least its not like $ony's overpriced shit (cough* psp + pspgo *cough)
  • slimjim441 - August 30, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    I can haz 3DS?
  • thefreakysurgeon - August 30, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    200 bucks seems fair, considering the power of the 3DS.
  • Cyberninja - August 30, 2010 9:59 p.m.

    works for me and maybe nintendo is making this a temporary price drop and droping the price more when 3ds comes out.
  • Kenzo - August 30, 2010 9:58 p.m.

    i remember I bought a Gameboy advance SP three days before it dropped to 79.99. I was sad.
  • Felixthecat - August 30, 2010 9:46 p.m.

  • Phazon117 - August 30, 2010 9:33 p.m.

    $200 seems like a fair price. Anything above that is a Sony level of overpricing (PSP).
  • Dara23 - August 30, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    will there be a european price drop because i was actually gonna buy one today.
  • batmanboy11 - August 30, 2010 9:17 p.m.

    I'd pay $200 for a 3DS if I had to.
  • DarkTone - August 30, 2010 9:17 p.m.

    Hmmm, that is advanced

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