Nintendo has dropped the price of its 3DSXL console to $174.99 on its website in anticipation to the release of the NEW 3DSXL on Friday the 13th.

Right now the price is only available through Nintendo’s website, but it’s only a matter of time before big box retailers like Best Buy and Target follow suit. There are some rumors that the 3DSXL will be discontinued in favor for the NEW 3DSXL, but Nintendo hasn’t said if that’s true or not. The lack of an included charger with the NEW 3DSXL has lead me to believe that this sale is targeted towards customers looking to upgrade instead of new users.

While the 25 dollar difference would be appealing to gamers looking to save money, I would point out that the NEW 3DSXL offers way more than $25 dollars in upgrades.

2014 has been a breakthrough year for Nintendo. They posted a 193 million dollar loss in 2013 only to come back in 2014 314 million dollar PROFIT. Those who thought Nintendo would exit the hardware market and lease out their precious IP to Sony and Microsoft were silent. 2015 will continue this trend with the release of new Legend of Zelda and Star Fox titles.

Nintendo has listened to its customers and the internet and have pivoted back into a company that appears to know what they’re doing. The Wii U now has desirable games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. Wii U to keep the console relevant. But that isn’t to say it’s not all peaches and cream for Nintendo. They still have a console that is light-years (technology wise) from Xbox One and Playstation 4. Plus the lack of third party support which for any other company would be a death knell for a console.Continue reading