Rumour: 3DS Gearing Up For Another Price Drop
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Not quite as drastic this time
Today's confirmation of Wii Mini, initially in Canada alone, is an intriguing move that is as surprising as it is creative. After all, our very first report of the rumour had a cheeky tagline referring to flying pigs; consider it a lesson learned, never underestimate Nintendo logic. Rumours of a fresh 3DS price drop can't be casually dismissed, in that case, despite the fact that the handheld is less than two years old.
According to the occasionally reliable source NeoGaf (via cheapassgamer.com), it's reported that the MSRP — manufacturer's suggested retail price — is being dropped to just $139.99 for the original 3DS model, which appears to be a reduction of $30. The rumour has credence, with a promotion supposedly on the way to Target next week where the handheld will be reduced to $129.99; the MSRP change is apparently set to officially arrive in two weeks.
The same source has also suggested that there'll be a 3DS XL bundle arriving next week, which will be a blue model with a copy of Mario Kart 7 included. This will apparently be available for $199.99, essentially making the game a free extra; it wouldn't surprise us if MK7 is installed directly onto the system, similar to the Flame Red 3DS and Super Mario 3D Land Black Friday deal.
Both of these are only rumours, at the moment, but a new bundle of the XL and a price drop for the original model aren't beyond the realm of possibility. We should know for sure very soon, but what do you think of these deals? Let us know in the comments below.