As of August 12th the price of the Nintendo 3DS in the United States will drop in price from it’s regular $249 to a more inexpensive $169. If you’re living outside the states fear not, other regions will be getting a similar price break in their respective currency. This new $169 might still be a little heavy for some, but a least it’s not the $249 to $299 you’ll be paying for a Playstation Vita.

What if you’re one of the 830,000 US gamers that have already shelled out the dry bones to play your handheld in 3D? Nintendo has you covered there offering gamers that have already logged into their eshop at least once (before the price cut) 10 free NES virtual console games September 1st, plus 10 more Game Boy Advance virtual console games — that Nintendo doesn’t plan on releasing to their public audience — before the end of the year. It look’s like a great deal…for us anyway.

The company’s investors are a bit worried though, with Nintendo planning on selling 16 million 3DS units in the financial year this is a plan that better work. If this doesn’t it has the pontental of becoming the second worse thing Nintendo has done- next to making those god awful R.O.B, fingers crossed Nintendo.

Follow the jump for Nintendo’s full press release

With various movie stores around the country going under, Netlfix has managed to dominate the video rental market with its low prices, and streaming accessibility. It wasn’t free, but I’ll be damned if it wasn’t the best deal to legally get movies with its $9.99 a month subscription fee, that didn’t bust your budget. Sadly, the winds of change are blowing in Netflix’s sails, with changes in monthly subscriber fees that customers will not be happy about.

Netflix announced today that their  new prices will split DVD and streaming subscriptions into separate tiers. So start saying goodbye to a threesome bundle of  DVDs and unlimited streaming, ‘cause the new pricing plans will be split to $7.99 unlimited streaming each month (remaining unchanged since their last pricing change), and $7.99 for a new plan offering only DVDs, limited to only one out at a time. In order to get both plans, subscribers will now have to pay $15.98, and while this may sound reasonable it will feel like a kick to your coin purse that you’re not used to.

For new members, this new pricing plan will be effective immediately, but current subscribers won’t have changes on their plans until September 1, 2011. The company is still at the top of its game right now, even with the60% price jump, but its continued success from here on out will depend on the consumers ability to adapt to this change. If they don’t want to pay the new price they’re just going to have to find another way to watch movies, which hopefully aren’t illegal.

How do you feel about the increase? Will it make you find more suitable means of watching movies at home or is it just a speed bump?


Via: Slash Film