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Nintendo slashes price of 3DS

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If you’re planning to buy a Nintendo 3DS hand-held console you might want to hold off until August 12 because it will be $100 cheaper.

The original $349.95 price tag of the device, which was released in Australia in March, will be slashed to $249.95.

And for those who have already purchased the Nintendo 3DS at the original full price will be offered 10 free games to download.  

The Nintendo 3DS is the first hand-held gaming device to offer 3D viewing without the need to wear glasses.

The price cut, $349.95 down to $249.95, takes effect on August 12.

Starting September 1, the Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors who bought the device at the full price can choose 10 NES virtual console games from a range of titles including Super Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong Jnr, Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda at no extra cost.

By the end of the year these titles will be extended to Game Boy virtual console games including Yoshi’s Island, Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart, Metroid Fusion and Warioware Inc.

The move by Nintendo comes after lower than expected sales after Apple took the lead in portable gaming thanks to the more than 100,000 games which can be downloaded from the App Store for its iPod Touch and iPhone.

Later this year Sony will be releasing the Vita – the portable gaming device which will replace the PlayStation Portable (PSP).

Interestingly Apple sells more iPod Touch devices than the Nintendo DS and PSP combined.

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The Nintendo 3DS price will be cut from $349.95 down to $249.95 from August 12