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The 2DS will be available October 12 for $129.99 USD

Nintendo has announced a new handheld device called the 2DS, and for those who prefer stationary consoles, the Wii U is getting a price cut

The 2DS has all the same features as the 3DS, including two screens (a 3.5-inch upper screen and a 3-inch bottom touchscreen), a dual-core ARM11 MPCore CPU, a Digital Media Professionals PICA200 GPU, included 2GB SD card with 2GB internal flash memory and 128MB FCRAM/6MB VRAM. 

The only differences are that the 2DS lacks 3D gaming (as you might've guessed) and the new handheld doesn't fold like previous DS'; it has a fixed, slate-type form factor. 

The 2DS will be available in blue and red, and is compatible with 3DS games as well as most DS games. It also allows for wireless connectivity for multiplayer mode. 

The 2DS will be available October 12 for $129.99 USD.

Handheld not your thing? Nintendo is also cutting the price of the Wii U next month.

The Deluxe version of the Wii U will get a $50 drop in price from $349.99 USD to $299.99 USD. The bundle -- which includes a a black Wii U console with 32GB of storage, the tablet-style Gamepad controller and a copy of the game "Nintendo Land" -- will be available for the lower price starting September 20. 

Nintendo is also launching a limited edition bundle that includes a deluxe console, digital copies of the game "The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD," "Hyrule Historia" (a book chronicling the history of The Legend of Zelda series), and a Zelda-themed Gamepad. The bundle will be $300 USD.

Nintendo is also releasing a slew of new games for both the Wii U and 3DS, including “Wii Party U” (coming October 25 in bundle for $50 USD), “Mario Party” for the 3DS (out November 22 for $40 USD), “Super Mario 3D World” (coming November 22 for $60 USD), “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” (launching December 6 for $50 USD), and “Wii Fit U” (due in the holiday season).

Nintendo is likely cutting the price of the Wii U in an effort to compete with Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One console and Sony's PlayStation 4. Also, a price cut wouldn't hurt sales, considering the gaming company only sold 160,000 Wii U consoles in Q2 2013. 

As for the 2DS, it likely serves as a more affordable gaming device that also replicates the look and feel of a tablet -- and tablets are being used more and more for gaming, social networking, reading, general Web use, etc. 

Source: Nintendo

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By Nortel on 8/28/2013 6:41:42 PM , Rating: 4
The only differences are that the 2DS lacks 3D gaming (as you might've guessed) and the new handheld doesn't fold like previous DS'; it has a fixed, slate-type form factor.

They removed the '3D' from the 3DS and removed the folding capability, thus making it not pocketable... They must be completely out of ideas at this point.

RE: retro
By amanojaku on 8/28/2013 7:01:46 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, that looks like a Fisher-Price toy. And it'll be used just as long as a Fisher-Price toy.

RE: retro
By TSS on 8/29/2013 4:15:48 AM , Rating: 3
If you'd consider the target audience to be 3 years and up, i'd say it's a pretty good move by nintendo.

I mean have you seen the 3DS's recently released titles? Except for games they've been releasing for decades because their cash cows, it contains alot of games aimed pretty much at small children.

That, and kids have been getting smartphones younger and younger. The 2DS is cheaper and looks sturdyer (atleast compared to a smartphone that's almost all glass),removing the folding removes a big point of failure for small kids and you won't have to deal with the rampant microtransactions currently on smartphones. Because that's either going to end with a giant bill, or kids constantly nagging you to buy something for them in some game because they're locked out of it and they want it NOW.

I'm thinking this is not as bad a move by nintendo as it seems. And the arguement that nintendo should do something original really doesn't fly when they've been selling the same games over and over for 30 years. For that fix you'll want their latest console which is the Wii-U, not the 3DS or 2DS.

RE: retro
By aurareturn on 8/28/2013 10:02:09 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure Nintendo created the 2DS out of demand. They probably surveyed or have data on the number of hours 3D is used vs turned off and saw that they could fill in the void by making a 2D version.

RE: retro
By Thalyn on 8/28/2013 10:09:34 PM , Rating: 2
Now they just need to make it with the CPP built in, and designed for hands larger than a 12 y/o. Ugh, I couldn't enjoy MH3U at all without that CPP on my XL...

RE: retro
By Samus on 8/29/2013 12:43:03 AM , Rating: 2
It is quite large. They could have just chopped off the bottom half, and made the bottom screen a slide out screen from the top since many games don't use it.

RE: retro
By Thalyn on 8/29/2013 11:16:46 PM , Rating: 2
Being physically larger doesn't necessarily mean it caters to larger hands. The XL, for example, still feels cramped without the CPP attached because of how the shoulder buttons are oriented compared to the face buttons. I still don't use the upper shoulders even with it, so it's fortunate that I only play MH3U (else my hands would be cramped for days).

Also, a slide-out touchscreen is not going to work. Unless they update it to capacitive (it's resistive at present) than it needs a solid mounting, such as your hands.

RE: retro
By Mitch101 on 8/28/2013 10:17:38 PM , Rating: 3

I love Nintendo they are the Disney of consoles but I think they have milked this cow past death. Time for a reboot.

RE: retro
By idiot77 on 8/29/2013 12:36:18 AM , Rating: 2
And then they released another Zelda, Smash Bros, and Metroid then you wet your pants and went out and bought a Wii U just for them.

That's how Nintendo wins.

RE: retro
By EasyC on 8/29/2013 5:54:14 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think even those 3 can save the fail that is the Wii U now. And good, too. I'm tired of hearing the two Wii fans I know go on and on about how Nintendo always crushes the competition. Yea, great, you guys are the only two people I know who doesn't use their Wii as a paperweight.


RE: retro
By Mitch101 on 8/29/2013 11:17:04 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed I don't think Nintendo can save Wii-U.

I know three people who bought the Wii-U two have already sold the console and the one says no games comes out for it but hes got the money to hold it and not care. Hes already pre-ordered two X-Bones and has a room with dual 42" screens where he plays games with his son. He says the Wii-U is a disappointment.

I will look to get their next generation console which I suspect is on the drawing board if they want to have any horse in the race over the next couple years and then maybe it will be backwards compatible with Wii-U or re-released because of the poor sales on Wii-U.

RE: retro
By marvdmartian on 8/29/2013 7:25:59 AM , Rating: 2
Meh....they could cut the price of the Wii U down to $199, and I still wouldn't buy it.

RE: retro
By Flunk on 8/29/2013 8:02:43 AM , Rating: 2
The main Nintendo franchises are looking a bit played-out and overused at this point. They'd probably be better off with mostly new IP for a while and then bring back the old stuff a bit at a time but re-invented.

RE: retro
By robinthakur on 8/29/2013 6:07:19 AM , Rating: 2
I recently bought a Wii u to check it out and have found it really fun so far, esp Pikmin 3 and NSMBU. Nintendo still emphasizes the social local multiplayer aspect over the type of multiplayer available primarily online using the Xbox 360, and I prefer that tbh as I rarely use the 360 online from year to year and have never used the online on PS3.

I think most people are sceptical on Wii U by default, but once you have played it, it is really well thought out and makes good use of the Wii accessories everybody has lying about as well as the Gamepad. Hopefully they don't drop it like a rock and actually produce software for it, which if anything is the one thing it is currently lacking in volume.

RE: retro
By tlbj6142 on 8/29/2013 7:36:41 AM , Rating: 2
That's the problem with the PS and XBox, just about every game is 'M', WTF? Does every game have to be 'M'?

RE: retro
By BPB on 8/29/2013 8:14:34 AM , Rating: 2
I couldn't agree more. More non-M games would be great.

RE: retro
By flyingpants1 on 8/29/2013 8:29:27 PM , Rating: 2
Yes. Just like movies, all games should appeal to the lowest common denominator. That means no swearing, blood, or sex, ever!

RE: retro
By Reclaimer77 on 8/29/2013 8:43:20 AM , Rating: 2
Because the average gamer is in their thirties. We're not kids anymore.

RE: retro
By 0ldman on 9/2/2013 1:55:06 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, in my thirties with kids and I can't play half of my games with my kids in the room.

As he said above, do *all* games have to be rated M?

RE: retro
By Nutzo on 8/29/2013 10:43:31 AM , Rating: 2
Which is one of the reason I bought the original Wii,
it had the largest selection of kid friendly games.

Don't see a reason to buy th Wii-U, as they are just releasing rehashes of the existing games. It's not worth spending that much money unless they have something unique.

Same with the DS/3DS. Only 3DS game my kid is interested in is the comming Pokemon game, and I'm sure it will be 90%+ just a rehash of the last game.

The 2DS shows that the 3D was mainly an expensive gimick. My kid almost aways has the 3D feature turned off. Won't be buying a 2DS, as I think it is a bad design to try and copy a tablet. I would rather seen a 2Ds in the same clam-shell design.

RE: retro
By Da W on 8/29/2013 9:51:53 AM , Rating: 2
They made faillures in the past.
N64 was not a faillure but marked the start of the decline for nintendo.

Wouldn't call gamecube a success either.

The idea behind the Wii-U wasn't bad (still using Wii-mote and Wii-games) but they needed to make it as powerful as the Xbox one, shipped with a standard controler for gamers and have access to the same games the other big 2 will have.
They failled and they won't save this one. Too bad, this is the first nintendo console i will not buy since the NES. I will miss on one Zelda.

Guess i'm gonna stick with my PC and 90% of Xbox/PS4 games that are ported... with better graphics.

RE: retro
By Reclaimer77 on 8/29/2013 2:47:32 PM , Rating: 2
The idea behind the Wii-U wasn't bad

Oh but it was. There's a reason I play games on my 60" TV, not a tiny monitor. The idea that I want to split my focus between playing games on my TV and that tiny LCD display on the controller is asinine.

RE: retro
By damianrobertjones on 8/29/2013 7:16:30 AM , Rating: 2
...and the original didn't look like a toy?

RE: retro
By BPB on 8/29/2013 8:16:52 AM , Rating: 2
But these are gaming consoles. Aren't games pretty much toys?

RE: retro
By km9v on 8/29/2013 10:04:51 AM , Rating: 2
The 1990's called, they want their Game Boy back.

RE: retro
By inperfectdarkness on 8/30/2013 2:49:02 PM , Rating: 2
Well I'll grant you that point. But consider this:

What groundbreaking ideas are being fronted by Sony or MS?

...No, I mean groundbreaking ideas that don't cause consumer backlash against draconian copyright DRM measures.

By astralsolace on 8/29/2013 9:22:45 AM , Rating: 2
The Wii U isn't worth $299.99. It needs to drop down another $100 to even be considered.

By Rage187 on 8/29/2013 9:37:02 AM , Rating: 2
Yep, I'm a buyer at $199. I'll pay for the novelty.

By Flunk on 8/29/2013 9:37:25 AM , Rating: 2
I honestly don't think that even that would work. The Wii U isn't selling because no one wants one. I don't think that price is that much of a factor.

By Motoman on 8/29/2013 10:31:54 AM , Rating: 2
I think the Wii U isn't selling because the Wii reached market saturation...and there's nothing about the Wii U that those existing customers care about.

I'm not honestly sure what that market *would* care about that would get them to buy a new console. They're not fanbois who run out and buy the latest regurgitation of every 20-year old title on the planet.

They have what they want and they have no more wants.

I'm sold.
By RealTheXev on 8/29/2013 8:34:56 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sold.

This is what I wanted. The folding is a pain, since on my original DS, i need a new spring installed. My little cousin would prob like one like this too, since his spring wore out as well. I also hate faddy 3D crap. I intentionally bought my Blu-Ray player because it didn't have 3D. I don't want any industry thinking I want 3D bullshit.

Now I know what machine I'll use to play Ace Attorney 5. I'd love to play it on the WiiU, but as long as Ace Attorney 5 isn't on WiiU at its launch, I won't buy a WiiU.

Yes, I'd buy a console for that one game series. I'll get an XB1 simply because of Forza.

RE: I'm sold.
By purerice on 8/29/2013 5:34:12 PM , Rating: 2
I hear you. I got a PS2 just to play Gran Turismo 3. $5 bargain bin PSX games was a bonus. I haven't gotten a console since but I am considering a WiiU for Mario Kart.

Gran Turismo 6 (if only it were a PS4 title) will be better single player, but Mario Kart will be more fun for the kids.

Rehash City
By exeedorbit on 8/29/2013 8:40:51 AM , Rating: 2
From the looks of it, Nintendo's creative and development divisions are lacking the enthusiasm and distinction I'm used to seeing from Nintendo, when it comes to their product development (games have been rehashed since the N64 came out, so that's not new).

I'm tired of Nintendo simply taking an old product, modifying it a bit and calling it a new product. That is, in my opinion, what bit them in the butt with the WiiU. Most people didn't see it as a new generation console, most people saw it as an add-on to the Wii. While the 2DS doesn't necessarily have the same problem (given the new form factor), it does suffer from the fact that they've just taken the 3DS and basically dumbed it down. (No 3d, no folding capability). Sure that makes it cheaper, but it also makes it less appealing to those who want truly mobile gaming (such as is possible with the DS, because of its fold).

Just my 2 cents.

By mikeyjohn on 8/29/13, Rating: 0
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