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'Mario Kart 7', 'Animal Crossing' and other 3DS games get permanent price drop

Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 7
Photo courtesy of Nintendo, used with permission

Nintendo announced Monday that it is permanently dropping the price of five Nintendo 3DS titles. This list includes the three best-selling games of all time for the handheld.

Starting April 22, 2014, Nintendo will take $10 off the price of “Mario Kart 7”, “Super Mario 3D Land”, “New Super Mario Bros. 2”, “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” and “Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D”. The new price for all five games will be $29.99 both at retail and on the Nintendo eShop.

According to Nintendo, “Mario Kart 7”, “Super Mario 3D Land” and “New Super Mario Bros. 2” have all sold more than 2.15 million physical and digital copies in the U.S. only with “Mario Kart 7” leading the charge. All five titles that will have their prices have sold more than 9 million physical and digital copies which means “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” and “Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D" have sold approximately 2.5 million copies between the two of them.

“All five of the newly discounted games star classic Nintendo characters and franchises, and their strong sales over time demonstrate the longevity of Nintendo’s games,” Nintendo wrote in a press release. “The games make great gifts, engaging entertainment for families and other spring break travelers, or just a way to introduce kids to the fun of video games.”

“Super Mario 3D Land” is the oldest title of the group as it was released in North America in November 2011 followed closely by “Mario Kart 7” that December. Both games were instrumental in helping the Nintendo 3DS recover from a troubled launch earlier that year which led Nintendo to slash the price of the handheld from $250 to $170.

“New Super Mario Bros. 2” was later released in August 2012. “Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D” followed nearly a year later while “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” is the most recent game to receive the discount with its June 2013 release.

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