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Nintendo 3DS Price Drop Hits on August 9th at Walmart


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#871 NEgami

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:12 AM

Those of you who are buying the system from best buy, are you guys buying the 2-year protection plan as well? With all the top-screen wobble, screen scratches (preventable), squeaky D-Pad, and volume issues, I bit on it. I suppose nintendo would address these problems on their next iteration of the system.

Only had the 3DS for 4 days and top-screen already feels a little loose, maybe that's because I am pressing the bottons a little hard when I am playing SFIV 3D Edition. Still it concerns me that it might get worse later.

#872 Mr. Sax Appeal

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:27 AM

By just connecting to the eShop, you would also qualify for the Ambassador program, in case you can't get the system update to complete.


Don't you have to update the system to be able to connect to the eShop? I didn't see the eShop icon at all until after the system update.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:32 AM

By just connecting to the eShop, you would also qualify for the Ambassador program, in case you can't get the system update to complete.


I finally got the update to go through.. After turning off my router's firewall temporarily. So is there a notification or anything saying that you're in the ambassador program? Or do I just assume I'm in it after connecting to the shop?
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#874 Andami

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:35 AM

I finally got the update to go through.. After turning off my router's firewall temporarily. So is there a notification or anything saying that you're in the ambassador program? Or do I just assume I'm in it after connecting to the shop?

I didn't get a pop-up, but there is a tab that says "News," which tells you, among other things, that you are in the Ambassador Program.

#875 Graviex

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:39 AM

Awesome, thanks for the help :D
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#876 arcadegamer

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:51 AM

was shopping around my area looking at bestbuy i didnt see any 3DS then sears have but old price and last was target had a few but again old price show . so didnt ask anyone . but i seen on here if did you ask to check you got new price instead as on saw posted on here. and walmart site half one of ones are slod out a few have some and surprize one or are in stock in my area southeastern, Ma i am getting one it just when

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 04:05 AM

was shopping around my area looking at bestbuy i didnt see any 3DS then sears have but old price and last was target had a few but again old price show . so didnt ask anyone . but seen if did you the new price as read of here. and walmart site half one of ones are slod out a few have some and surprize one or are in stock in my area southeastern, Ma i am getting one it just when


I feel stupidier now......

#878 yukonrye

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 04:10 AM

was shopping around my area looking at bestbuy i didnt see any 3DS then sears have but old price and last was target had a few but again old price show . so didnt ask anyone . but seen if did you the new price as read of here. and walmart site half one of ones are slod out a few have some and surprize one or are in stock in my area southeastern, Ma i am getting one it just when


Umm....that sucks?

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 04:13 AM

Don't you have to update the system to be able to connect to the eShop? I didn't see the eShop icon at all until after the system update.

I'm not sure. I was able to update my system on the first try last night. I didn't try the eShop before the update. Nintendo official statement says you do a system update or connect to the eShop. So I assume you can just do the latter.
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 04:40 AM

The eShop didn't launch until early June w/ E3. Normally they probably would've started pushing systems out with that update, but with the slow sales probably not. So basically, yeah, you're going to need to do a system update to get the eShop.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 04:43 AM

Well just less then 48 hours till i get my new 3ds :)
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#882 arcadegamer

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 05:58 AM

it look like going back tomorrow while i dont care that much about the free games i have some of them mario and metroid for gba games and nes games i played and hav some of in some form of them over the yrs it no big deal. if was soldout fine i wait if not i was going to get it. and last thing in my state on this weekend no sale tax so that cool too so save money. so i see what happen tomorrow :)
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#883 arcadegamer

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 06:02 AM

Umm....that sucks?

yes it does
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#884 pandanese90

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:08 AM

should i get a screen protector? ppl keep saying the hori one has a purple tint to it and i have the cosmo black one. :/ any alternatives? or is that my best shot. dont want to darken, change or ruin anything on the screen. thanks guys

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 09:58 AM

It makes the 3DS noticeably heavier but gives a better grip on the system especially for people with larger hands. Well worth the extra heft.

It does work with the stock charger but not the charge base. Nyko sells a base along with the Power Pak for several bucks more though.


Thanks knightsdwn.

Lately, I've been leaving the wifi on mostly to see what vids get sent to the system but it means I have to recharge every other day (from standby, netflix and game use).

Better grip would be nice as well since my hands cramp from the claw grip I have to use to stablize the unit as it is a bit top-heavy.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 10:29 AM

should i get a screen protector? ppl keep saying the hori one has a purple tint to it and i have the cosmo black one. :/ any alternatives? or is that my best shot. dont want to darken, change or ruin anything on the screen. thanks guys

yes, the HORI screen protector does have a purple tint to it when looking at the upper display and the system is turned off.

(I believe it has to due to the filtering that the protector provides and the glossy black plastic that covers the entire upper panel. however, this does not appear to detract or affect the display once the system is turned on)

picture with the system powered off shot with an iphone 3GS (my SLR's flash detracted way too much)


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edit:
the protective cover on my 3DS is HORI's silicone cover available in black and white (shown above)
amazon.com sells the black version, but not the white

black cover:
http://www.amazon.co...k/dp/B004K6LQA8
http://www.play-asia...en-70-439z.html

white cover:
http://www.play-asia...en-70-439y.html


edit2:
apparently, HORI USA has it's own webshop and most of their products are available
http://www.hori.jp/us/products_DS.htm

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#887 Taneerian

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 11:39 AM

I'm really thinking about getting one today to take advantage of the ambassador program but I'm very concerned with battery life. I've read a bunch of articles but I want to hear from a real gamer who plays their systems, how long does the system seem to last with and without 3d? I'm out on travel normally so that is my main concern.

Sorry if this has been answered a million times.

#888 admiralvic

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 11:43 AM

I'm really thinking about getting one today to take advantage of the ambassador program but I'm very concerned with battery life. I've read a bunch of articles but I want to hear from a real gamer who plays their systems, how long does the system seem to last with and without 3d? I'm out on travel normally so that is my main concern.

Sorry if this has been answered a million times.


I usually get bored of playing before the battery dies. I know its not really helpful, but its never been an issue for me.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 11:58 AM

I usually get bored of playing before the battery dies. I know its not really helpful, but its never been an issue for me.


It's not that it's not helpful, cause I'm usually the same way with portables but I know i'll be cooped up in a hotel room most nights so it might get some heavy use. ;)

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 11:59 AM

was shopping around my area looking at bestbuy i didnt see any 3DS then sears have but old price and last was target had a few but again old price show . so didnt ask anyone . but i seen on here if did you ask to check you got new price instead as on saw posted on here. and walmart site half one of ones are slod out a few have some and surprize one or are in stock in my area southeastern, Ma i am getting one it just when


I don't know where in SE MA you are, but the Swansea Mall Wal-Mart had a ton on Wednesday...

#891 TwistedOrange

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 12:21 PM

~$185 total (including tax) for a handheld? An Xbox 360 or Wii can be found for around the same price. $120 is the sweet spot for me. To those who picked it up already, enjoy it! I'm too cheap to pull the trigger right now. :P


I have to agree. Once the price drops, you'll start seeing some $120 and below 3DS on eBay - new or used.

#892 admiralvic

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 01:04 PM

It's not that it's not helpful, cause I'm usually the same way with portables but I know i'll be cooped up in a hotel room most nights so it might get some heavy use. ;)


Well purely guesstimating I think I can get about 4 hours out of it before it becomes low bat.

so admiralvic is one of 7 people who has platted lost planet 2. and one of 4 people with 100% on spelunker hd. respect him even more


guys, you are talking to admiralvic about trophy acquisition, he is the exception.


#893 Commander0Zero

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:16 PM

I have to agree. Once the price drops, you'll start seeing some $120 and below 3DS on eBay - new or used.



I think the price is about right especially when you factor in the free games, seems to me a solid deal. Now if you have half these games and don't mind buying used or waiting then yeah you can get one for $120 to $150. My situation is my son is turning 4 and loves Mario and hasn't played any of these games! This is a supervised kind of toy for him and it is backwards compatible with a ton of very affordable DS games so for me it really is a great deal. Personally I would never own a DS of any kind.
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:42 PM

I don't know where in SE MA you are, but the Swansea Mall Wal-Mart had a ton on Wednesday...

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:16 PM

Has anyone heard of an extension to the ambassador program. GS just told me it doesn't expire tonight according to a letter they got from nintendo.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:19 PM

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#897 j.m.ratkos

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:25 PM

Has anyone heard of an extension to the ambassador program. GS just told me it doesn't expire tonight according to a letter they got from nintendo.

I can't see that as fact. the whole point of the ambassador program was a 'thank you' from nintendo to the early adopters that paid the full retail price.

#898 Jodou

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:27 PM

Has anyone heard of an extension to the ambassador program. GS just told me it doesn't expire tonight according to a letter they got from nintendo.

Using GS as a source of information is always a bad idea.

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#899 offensive_jerk

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:38 PM

Has anyone heard of an extension to the ambassador program. GS just told me it doesn't expire tonight according to a letter they got from nintendo.


I love all these "letters from Nintendo" that Gamestop allegedly receives.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 04:53 PM

well I broke down and bought the last black one at my local walmart. I hope I'm not disappointing. Now I just have to sell my old ds lite and psp 3000