Nintendo DSi, DSI XL Price Drop in September
The time for the release of the Nintendo 3DS handheld console is nearly here, so it only makes sense that Nintendo is dropping the price of previous versions.
The Nintendo DSi will drop to $150 and the DSi XL will be $170, both starting on September 12 in America. Japan and the U.K. already saw price drops for Nintendo handhelds in June.
"We know shoppers want to get the maximum value out of every dollar they spend," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing, in a company statement. "Our new Nintendo DSi prices make it easier than ever for consumers to access the tremendous variety of games, applications and social tools on the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL systems."
The Nintendo 3DS was announced at the E3 video game conference in June. While most of the details about the device were divulged, there was no word on a price or release date. A Nintendo spokesperson indicated in July that Nintendo would announce a price and release date at the end of September. That seems even more likely given the price drop comes on September 12. It gives Nintendo a couple weeks to sell off surpluses of DSi and DSi XL consoles before announcing price and availability for the 3DS.
The Nintendo 3DS introduces a 3-D viewing screen that does not require special 3-D glasses . This is a major breakthrough in gaming technology, and the 3-D effect is remarkably convincing , but it remains to be seen if consumers want it.