The retail price of 3DS games is set at $39.99, but you don’t typically see that price point adhered to very often, unless of course it’s a high profile release or Nintendo’s own games. But this week five of the most popular 3DS titles are seeing a permanent price reduction. All the following games are receiving the official Nintendo price drop to just $29.99:
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
- Mario Kart 7
- New Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario 3D Land
It is thought Nintendo is implementing this price cut for the US market in a bid to entice gamers to pick up any they don’t already have, or to make a 3DS purchase more tempting with a cheaper, popular game. The price drop happens on April 22, and will apply to both digital download and physical copies of the games.
Combined sales of these five games in the US has already exceeded 9 million units, and if you don’t count Pokemon X & Y the list contains the three highest selling games on the 3DS. With that in mind it seems very unlikely you don’t own at least one of them if you already have a 3DS.
In Japan, Nintendo is trying a different tact. Anyone purchasing a 3DS between now and September will be able to download a free game from a recommended list. Two such recommended games will be posted every month from now until September, giving new 3DS owners more choice if they choose to wait to pick and download their free game. The first month’s choices are Animal Crossing: New Leaf or Level 5 title Yo-kai Watch.