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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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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.

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