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Nintendo Drops the Price on 3DS

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The 3DS hasn’t been doing as well as expected since it’s release. Recently, it has been to blame for less than stellar Q1 earnings that saw former president Hiroshi Yamauchi lose more than $300 million of his net worth in a massive Nintendo stock nosedive. Now, to help boost the profile of the 3DS, Nintendo is slashing prices, embracing legacy content, and introducing a loyalty program. Oh my!

If you have already shelled out the $269 to purchase a 3DS, or plan to before August 11th, then you can become a part of Nintendo’s Ambassador Program. If you sign on to their eShop via your 3DS at least once between now and August 11th, you are automatically entered into the program. What comes with being an ambassador? You get 20 free downloads; 10 NES Virtual Console games, and 10 Game Boy Advanced Virtual Console games. Not a bad incentive for those of you who were forward thinking enough to snatch up the 3DS at its current price point. While the 10 NES Virtual Console games will become available to all 3DS owners through Nintendo’s eShop at some point, the company only plans to release the 10 Game Boy Advanced Virtual Console games to their Ambassador Program participants.

For the rest of you who were smart enough to wait for the inevitable bottom to drop out of Nintendo’s over inflated pricing, you can get your 3DS at the nice affordable price of $169 beginning on August 12th.

Source: Nintendo.com

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Star Wars Kinect Bundle Xbox 360

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If there ever was an Xbox bundle that was mandatory for console lovers everywhere, then this is it! The new Star Wars themed Xbox comes complete with a console made in the style of R2D2 (it even makes his droid noises!), a C3P0 styled controller, and a limited edition white Kinect sensor. The bundle will be priced at $449, but will come with copies of Star Wars Kinect and Kinect Adventures.

Using the classic droid designs makes this custom limited edition appealing to both female and male gamers alike. Gizmodo was able to take an exclusive inside look into the making of the console set, and what went into the design construction.

The bundle was officially announced on opening day of ComicCon. It will come with the largest HDD Xbox has ever released at 320GB

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Mangrove 7 Android Tablet to Land in Japan

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The Taiwan based company, Camangi, will ship their latest Android 3.1 powered tablet, Mangrove 7 to Japan in late August of this year. Specifications for the tablet include:

  • Tegra 2 Chipset
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of Internal Memory
  • 7″ 1024 x 800 resolution display
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • MicroSD Slot
  • Mini HDMI
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • GPS/AGPS
  • 2.0 MP front camera
  • 5.0 MP rear camera with LED Flash
  • 1600 mAh battery

At 195 x 122 x 11.92mm and a weight of 380g that is a lot of nice tech for a tablet. The price point is being set at ¥49,800. For those who do not have a currency converter handy, that is around $614. A little expensive since an iPad 2 16GB is $499.

source: Akihabara News

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