Yesterday's 3DS price-drop was sudden. It caught many off guard, including some Japanese game retailers.
One Japanese shop posted a notice that after August 11, when the price drops ¥10,000 ($118), it will refrain from selling the 3DS. This is leading to speculation that retailers are being shifted with heavy inventories and looking to take a loss on 3DS units they've already purchased.
The Akihabara branch of Sofmap, one of the country's biggest game retailers, sent out a tweet hours ago, notifying folks that the price of used 3DS units is being slashed — from ¥22,800 to ¥13,800. Sofmap said there are limited number of 3DS units, encouraging Twitter followers to act quickly.
Other photos floating around online in Japan show game shops with large inventories of used 3DS units. One store is only buying back 3DS units for ¥1000 or $11.
This is anecdotal evidence at best, but with the low sales numbers, it's hard not to think that the rot has already set in.
What could change the tide is a redesigned 3DS, which is looking increasingly like an upcoming inevitability.