[b]By: Zachary Gasiorowski[/b]
Today, Nintendo announced that the price of their Nintendo DS handheld gaming system will drop in price to $129.99. This is a twenty-dollar price break from the previous $149.99 price tag since the system?s launch. The new price point will be effective on August 21st 2005.
This price drop is set to coincide with the highly anticipated release of [I]Advance Wars DS[/I] and [I]Nintendogs[/I]. The new price also applies to both the Platinum and Electric Blue colored models.
Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America?s executive vice president of sales and marketing stated, ?Consumers know Nintendo offers the best in the hand-held video game industry, and this news should make them very happy.?
However, because of this new price point, the DS will no longer be offered with a free copy of [I]Super Mario 64 DS[/I]. Also, this price drop is for the North America market only. Japan?s price of 15,000 yen and Europe?s 149.99 euros will still remain intact. If there was ever a reason to buy the DS, now is the time. The Nintendo DS is also backwards compatible with GameBoy Advance games.