It looks like changing prices is the thing to do according to the big three game companies; Sony has yet to announce any changes. Yesterday Microsoft revealed an increase to the price of XBL while it looks like Nintendo is gearing up for the holiday and eventual release of the 3DS early next year with a price drop.
Nintendo is dropping the suggested retail price of its Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™ video game systems. Effective Sept. 12, the new suggested retail price of the Nintendo DSi system will be $149.99, while the new suggested retail price for the Nintendo DSi XL system will be $169.99. The Nintendo DS™ Lite model will remain at a suggested retail price of $129.99. The Nintendo DS family of video game systems is the best-selling in the history of the U.S. and worldwide. The new prices offer consumers tremendous value for their money while providing access to the best portable video game experiences possible.
The DSi was a great new addition to the DS family with many features missing from the first DS while the DSi XL was aimed towards the older gamer audience such as parents. For those that have still been holding out, will the price drop be enough to finally buy a DS? I think waiting for the 3DS is still the best option right now especially since it still has the same features of the DSi with a new design and optional 3D technology but the price drop is better for those looking to by soon.
Through the end of July, total Nintendo DS family hardware sales are more than 42.3 million in the United States alone, according to the NPD Group. Recent and upcoming software releases for the Nintendo DS family of systems include DRAGON QUEST® IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies™ (now available), Professor Layton and the Unwound Future™ (Sept. 12), Pokémon™ Ranger: Guardian Signs (Oct. 4), Art Academy™ (Oct. 25), Mario vs. Donkey Kong™: Mini-Land Mayhem! (Nov. 14) and Golden Sun™: Dark Dawn (Nov. 29).