Here's a quick heads-up for U.S. residents who want to cheat the system and get a Nintendo 3DS for $169.99 while also registering for Nintendo's 3DS Ambassador Program. Confirming reports from Cheap Ass Gamer, Wal-Mart stores in North America have started honoring the new price in advance of Nintendo's official price drop on August 12th.

What does this mean to you? Well, you're getting $80 off of the 3DS's current suggested retail price, and if you connect to Nintendo's eShop by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on August 11th, you'll be identified as a "3DS Ambassador," and are entitled to download a selection of 20 free Virtual Console games once they become available by the end of this year.

What's especially notable about this promotion is that many of the featured games are actually really good. While the full list of free games has not yet been released, confirmed titles include The Legend of Zelda, WarioWare, the Super Mario Advance versions of Yoshi's Island and Super Mario Bros. 3, and my personal favorite, Balloon Fight.

What's more, Nintendo notes that it "currently has no plans to make [Game Boy Advance Ambassador Program titles] available to the general public on the Nintendo 3DS in the future," though it's extremely unlikely that this will remain the case for long. Given the company's pricing strategy for other Virtual Console games, though, the GBA games alone are likely to cost around $10 each once they're available to all 3DS owners. If you're a retro fanatic, you might want to get in on this deal while you can.