Launch Deals Won't Last Forever
The Nintendo 3DS has launched today with many retailers offering cut-price deals and bundles that make it an extremely affordable (and sub-£200) purchase. However, Nintendo have warned that prices will unavoidably rise over the next few weeks... and that the early bird will catch the best deals. Then again, they would say that, wouldn't they?
When quizzed by Eurogamer at the 3DS launch party last night, marketing manager James Honeywell believes that retailers will soon raise their prices- and that the freedom that allows individual stockists to run their own deals will also let them charge a lot more in the near future.
The only thing I would suggest to any readers is, don't wait.
I'm not sure a lot of those offers will be there for the long term. Those are great offers for the launch. There's huge amount of noise and hype around the launch. Those prices will start to revert a bit.
Clearly people are trying to get as many possible sales as they can in these first couple of days. After that, perhaps a little more normality will come back to the market and you'll see that creep up again. So don't wait and think, oh, if this is how far it's gone down, it's going to go down even lower. You might see the opposite.
Wow: a Nintendo marketing manager suggesting that you buy the 3DS immediately? Shock horror! Still, he probably has a point. Competition for preorders was extremely fierce (resulting in one of the most pre-ordered devices of all time), but once that subsides, we can expect prices to even out around the £200+ level. [EG]
I'm working on a hardware review as you're reading this sentence. Preliminary report: fantastic hardware, killer headaches. Remember to turn the slider down and work your way up!