Today’s the day when Nintendo hopes that thousands of consumers who have until now been sitting on the fence over 3DS will finally buy the handheld.
That’s because as of today the device has had a significant cut in trade price. But as is always the way with a big gaming launch, there’s big savings to be made for those who shop around.
Head and shoulders ahead of the opposition in terms of raw price is Tesco. MCV revealed yesterday that the supermarket would be selling new 3DS consoles for just £115.
And despite the chain’s refusal to confirm the price to MCV yesterday, as expected the £115 offer has been proven 100 per cent correct this morning.
Morrisons is next in line with its £120 offer. The supermarket is also selling all 3DS software for just £25 a piece.
Asda is selling it for £134.99 (and not £119.99 as was widely reported yesterday) while Sainsbury’s is charging £139.99.
GAME is asking £149.99 for the vanilla console though it also offers a bundle including a copy of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for £159.99. That same bundle is available on tis website for £154.99 and is part of the Play now Trade Later scheme, offering a guaranteed £150 in-store trade-in before August 25th. The online price for a 3DS is £139.99.
GAME will also sell you a new 3DS for just £99 when you trade in a DSi or DSi XL.
At the time of writing most online retailers have yet to update their 3DS prices. HMV is selling 3DS online for £139.99 while ShopTo has the device in stock for £134.86. Zavvi, meanwhile, is now selling 3DS for £129.85.
UPDATE 1: Two online retailers have gone live with their discounted prices. Firstly, Amazon has matched Tesco's £115 price while Play.com has opted for a higher £139.99 price.
UPDATE 2: HMV has gone for the "added value" rapproach with its 3DS offers. Customers who trade in an old DS can buy the 3DS from as little as £69.99 (trade-in prices are: DSi XL – £80, DSi – £50, DS Lite – £40). The console on its own will cost £149.99 but comes with one of the following games free – Ghost Recon, Rayman 3D, Asphalt 3D, Dinosaurs 3D, Rabbids 3D or Splinter Cell 3D.
UPDATE 3: We can now confirm more details on GAME's trade-in deals. Those who trade-in a DSi XL can get a 3DS for £49.99 or the Zelda bundle for £59.99. For DSi that goes up to £89.99 and £99.99.
MCV will update this story throughout the day as more prices roll in.