NOTE: The credit mentioned in this post is no longer being offered by Amazon because the deal has expired. This post is being retained for reference purposes only.
Curious to see if Nintendo’s newest handheld gaming device would sell out at some point, I’ve been keeping tabs on the availability of the 3DS.
Although the pre-orders were rumored to have run out at some stores, Amazon.com never ran out of either the Aqua Blue Nintendo 3DS or the Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS. And now, Amazon is offering an additional incentive for anyone who is interested in the 3DS but hasn’t ordered one yet: order the Nintendo 3DS during their promotional period — which they haven’t given an end date for, yet — will get you a $25 credit for one of a special selection of popular new Nintendo 3DS games. What’s nice is that the games that you can use your credit for aren’t cheesy games — they’re among the most popular currently available for the Nintendo 3DS.
The only stipulation Amazon gives for your to receive the $25 credit is that you must order the Nintendo 3DS first — and receive an email confirmation that your Nintendo 3DS has shipped — before you’ll receive the credit. The promotional credit will be applied to your Amazon.com account within 2 days after your Nintendo 3DS console ships.
What’s great about this credit is that it has the equivalent effect of getting the Nintendo 3DS on sale — which of course would never happen so soon after a new console release. And the credit comes just in time for parents to benefit from it if they’re considering getting the new console for their kids to enjoy during the summer months — or maybe as part of their Easter basket. (OK, technically, the Easter Bunny would be benefiting from the game credit — but we don’t need to split hares, right?)
What might be frustrating for customers that pre-ordered the 3DS is that they won’t be eligible for the $25 game credit. But I guess the benefit they received was a guarantee that they’d get one of the first 3DS consoles available. I was honestly surprised that the 3DS didn’t end up selling out on Amazon like it did when it was first released in Japan — but I’m sure this would have gone differently had Nintendo released the console right before the holidays.