The 3DS debuted for $250, but Nintendo decided to slash the handheld’s price to $170 to make it more competitive. Fortunately for the company and according to GameSpot, there has been a significant increase on the demand for the console since the unexpected price cut.
Yesterday, the NPD reported retail sales in the US and these numbers indicate that the portable console’s sales were up 260% since the drastic price cut. This would make the 3DS the second best-selling console of the month, as it places second to Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Overall, the handheld sold 185,000 units after the price cut. Although the pricing of the portable console seems much more appropriate now it’s still lacking games but fortunately, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land will apparently be released soon.
Sony didn’t sell that well even after reducing the price of the PlayStation 3 to $250. Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate communications at Sony recently said “Despite inventory constraints at retail during the first half of August, PS3 hardware sales were very strong the last two weeks of the month following the $50 price cut.” The company didn’t reveal precise sales figures for the console.