For many, the Nintendo 3DS is the highlight of the first quarter 2011 release schedule, set to arrive on 25th March. While Nintendo refuses to be pinpointed to an exact recommended retail price (RRP), instead suggesting that they have communicated the trade price to retailers and allowed them to decide upon their own necessary margins, most high street stores are hitting a price point between £209.99 and £219.99. Today however, one retailer is offering gamers the opportunity to pre-order the system for less than £200.
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HotHardware: Generally you don't bite the hand the feeds you, but apparently Nintendo doesn't feel GameStop provides all that much financial sustenance, hence the console maker isn't thinking twice about competing against the new and used games retailer with lower priced refurbished consoles. That's right, Nintendo is now selling refurbished 3DS and DSi XL game consoles in the U.S., and at prices that are lower than GameStop.
Joystiq - The 3DS has surpassed five million units sold in the United States, Nintendo announced today. Contributing to that new milestone: over 155,000 3DS systems were sold in the US in the month of June, according to NPD data cited by Nintendo.