Nintendo: 3DS sales up 260 percent since price drop

Nintendo reported selling more than 235,000 Nintendo 3DS units last month, and the company attributed a significant number of those sales to its recent major price drop for the handheld.

Nintendo cut the 3DS’ MSRP from $249.99 to $169.99 on Aug. 12. Since the price cut, retailers moved roughly 185,000 3DS units. Nintendo’s report of a 260 percent sales increase refers specifically to units sold during the last 19 months of August when compared to those sold during the last months of July.

Players who purchased a 3DS before the price drop became 3DS Ambassadors,  a title that wouldn’t mean much except for the free downloadable games. Titles released so far are all throwbacks to the NES era, such Super Mario Bros., Metroid, The Legend of Zelda and Wrecking Crew, the last being one of the earlier and more obscure Mario titles. Another 10 games from the Game Boy Advance era are set to be released later.

What will be the long-term impacts of the price drop? Will more new buyers flock to the 3DS startinf Friday, when stores begin selling the “flame red” colored model and Star Fox 64 3D? Will  Kotaku will stop badmouthing the 3DS? Will Giant Bomb readers make their peace with plans to release a second circle-pad add-on? Will this writer ever finish the Adventure of Link, another of the NES downloads? I don’t know.

That game was hard, man.