Save your coins and become a 3DS Ambassador with early Walmart discount

The big price cut for the Nintendo 3DS is arriving early, allowing smart shoppers in the US to take advantage of the slashed $169 price tag for the new handheld while still qualifying for Nintendo’s “Ambassadors” program, which rewards early 3DS adopters with free games.

The early cut comes courtesy of the notoriously discount-happy Walmart. The big-box retailer is cutting the price of the 3DS, originally set to drop on Aug 12, ahead of time – starting today, Aug 9. The post-discount price of $169 is available in most stores; the $249 price remains in effect in some regions, so either call ahead of time or, if you're feeling confrontational, have some proof in hand of the price-drop and try your luck. Alternatively, take some proof of the Walmart price-cut into somewhere like Best Buy and see if they'll match it.

One word of caution, though: Ambassadors aren't judged on when they purchase the handheld, but when it's first registered and updated. A 3DS purchased before Aug 12, but not activated until after that date, won't be eligible for any freebies, no matter how much you paid for it. While the Walmart website offers the discounted price, your 3DS won't ship until the 12th – which is too late to receive the free games. Similarly, if you're buying the console as a gift, you'll just have to crack the packaging open and take that little beast for a spin before handing it onto its intended recipient. Think of it as your reward for being such a generous soul.

Aug 9, 2011

Source: 1UP


  • Zepaw - August 11, 2011 4:25 a.m.

    Well screw me I caved. Just gave Walmart $250 (with Pokemon and Zelda).
  • ripperroo123 - August 10, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    That seems dishonest to me...Meh, I've got a DSi.
  • SteampunkJim - August 10, 2011 4:55 a.m.

    Yup, just bought mine this morning for $169, and my ambassador status is all locked it. Today was a great day :)
  • Linktoreality - August 10, 2011 1:59 a.m.

    I never had a DSi, so it wasn't until I picked up the 3DS that I discovered how many good games were released on the eShop. So, between those, the free games, and the holiday-release awesome line-up, I'm more than happy that I got the 3DS.
  • FunnyNameHere - August 10, 2011 1:57 a.m.

    I just picked one up from walmart for 169. Game deal of the year right there.
  • BigSlammu - August 10, 2011 1:22 a.m.

    My friend bought one today, from Target, before he knew about Wal-Mart giving the discount early. Ouch.
  • Spybreak8 - August 10, 2011 12:26 a.m.

    Interesting news indeed. I might just call a Walmart store tomorrow.
  • nai1210 - August 10, 2011 12:08 a.m.

    I got a 3DS on release and although it's mainly gathering dust it is a nice little machine and would recommend any gamer who likes handhelds to pick one up might aswell get one now from Walmart and get 20 free games as an ambassodor as I don't see another price drop happening nor a 3DS lite model happening for quite some time and if like me you live in the UK i'm pretty sure ASDA is doing the same deal only £169 rather than dollars(obviously!)
  • Zepaw - August 9, 2011 11:30 p.m.

    I am tempted but it would just sit idle for a few months until some worthwhile 3DS games come out.
  • badgraphix1 - August 9, 2011 11:24 p.m.

    There are plenty of worthwile games coming out before Christmas. And I'd rather they have a gen 6 Pokemon over gray.
  • YamiLink03 - August 9, 2011 11:20 p.m.

    I still don't think the 3DS is worth it....not until Pokemon Grey comes out on it.

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