Nintendo 3DS hits the two year anniversary mark

3ds-purple_1Today marks the 2 year anniversary for the 3DS launch, which debuted March 27th, 2011 in North America. Despite some early struggles with a $249.99 price point that dropped quickly (and drastically) to $169.99 just four months after release, the little handheld that could has really turned the corner in the eyes of most fans and critics.

Now bolstered with a software line-up that includes the new Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Luigi’s Mansion 2, along with older hits like Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Final Fantasy: Theatrhythm, and a host of eShop offerings, it’s hard to deny that the 3DS is a system that’s worth checking out.

The upcoming releases look strong as well, with titles like Animal Crossing: New Leaf dropping later this year, along with Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D coming in May, which are sure to keep fans hyped for the months ahead.

Below is a snippet of info that Nintendo wanted to share with it’s fans regarding the success and games line-up for the system, which we’ve included in it’s entirety here.

Nintendo 3DS: Launched March 27, 2011

Nintendo 3DS XL: Launched Aug. 19, 2011

Almost all of the existing library of Nintendo DS games can be played on the Nintendo 3DS systems.

The Nintendo eShop offers access to hundreds of new and classic 2D and 3D games, video content and more.

Over 700 games available or on the way for Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL since launching March 27, 2011.

Only on Nintendo 3DS

Fan and Critic Favorites:

New Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Luigi?s Mansion: Dark Moon, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Coming Soon:

Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Super Smash Bros., Pok?mon X/Pok?mon Y

eShop Hits:

Pushmo, Crashmo, Gunman Clive, Mutant Mudds, Fluidity: Spin Cycle, Ketzal’s Corridors

Consumers can get a free digital game when they buy the Nintendo 3DS XL system and a qualifying game by April 30, 2013.