Wal-Mart isn't waiting for the official date to cut its 3DS prices. It's cutting them NOW.
It's being reported on Cheap Ass Gamer (thnaks IndustryGamers) that Wal-Mart stores across the States have already stuck $169.99 price tags to its 3DS hardware shelves - a full three days before the official price cut date announced by Nintendo.
The best thing is that qualification for Nintendo's 3DS Ambassador program - designed to compensate early adopters who paid full-price - is still open until August 12, meaning you can get your cheaper 3DS AND still get the 20 free games promised.
3DS' RRP will drop from $249 to $169.99 in the US on August 12. A cut to the European trade price will come on the same day. Nintendo is yet to confirm the exact drop for the EU, but has told CVG that it will be "around a third".
Australia will also benefit on August 12, with 3DS dipping from $350 to $250. Meanwhile, Japan will see a price drop on August 11 - to 15,000, down from 25,000.
The 3DS Ambassador Programme is open to anyone who owns a 3DS system and uses a wireless broadband internet signal to connect to the Nintendo eShop at least once before August 12.