Nintendo reveals 2DS, a Wii U price drop and more

Here's how the Nintendo 2DS compares to the 3DS

Nintendo's announcement of a new handheld system dubbed the Nintendo 2DS, a revision of its Nintendo 3DS but without the stereoscopic 3D display feature, was met with bewilderment this morning. Based on name alone, the system sounds like a generational step backward from the 3DS, touting the feature that it "plays in 2D," just like every other Nintendo handheld system to date.

The Nintendo 2DS still plays 3DS games (and "more than 2,000" games released for the original Nintendo DS), Nintendo says, just without the stereoscopic 3D features.

Save for a new external hardware design that's...

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Opinion: Nintendo 2DS proves the company knows its audience

You could be forgiven for wondering, upon seeing the 2DS announcement, if you had been transported through time to April Fool's Day, or if Nintendo's press release writers had made a simple typo.

"Nintendo 2DS" continues the company's silly, confusing naming scheme for its products, as my colleague Chris Plante argued earlier today. And the introduction of the device makes it appear as if Nintendo is now backpedaling on the importance of stereoscopic 3D, which was the focal point of the original 3DS.

But those issues will be of negligible concern to Nintendo if the 2DS can provide a...

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Opinion: With the 2DS, Nintendo is fixing the wrong problem

With the announcement of its Nintendo 2DS, a 2D-only version of its 3D portable system, Nintendo has codified what it believes is the company's number one problem: price.

The 2DS will be $129.99, $40 cheaper than the normal 3DS. The price point will certainly appeal to people who wanted a 3DS, but hated the entire point of the system. Which, judging from a casual Twitter search, is a fair number of video game devotees.

But attracting game enthusiasts has never been Nintendo's problem. The 3DS could be a grapefruit, so long as it plays another Mario game.

The 2DS will appeal to people who...

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Super Mario 3D World, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds hit Nov. 22, more release dates revealed

Two of Nintendo's most anticipated upcoming games, Super Mario 3D World on Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on Nintendo 3DS, will be released Nov. 22, the publisher said today.

The announcement came alongside release dates and release windows for a number of titles in Nintendo's 2013 slate on Wii U and 3DS. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD will be released Sept. 20 on the Wii U eShop, and Oct. 4 at retail for $49.99. Wii Party U will be available Oct. 25 for $49.99 in a bundle with a Wii Remote Plus. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will launch Dec. 6 for...

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The Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle coming Sept. 20

A limited edition Nintendo Wii U hardware bundle featuring The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD will go on sale Sept. 20, Nintendo announced today.

The bundle will feature a black Deluxe Wii U console, a GamePad controller decorated with the Hyrule crest and symbols from the game in gold, a download code for The Wind Waker HD and a digital copy of Hyrule Historia, the compilation commemorating The Legend of Zelda series. The bundle will cost $299.99.

The download code for The Wind Waker HD can be used immediately upon receipt; the downloadable version of the game will launch the same...

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Zelda: Wind Waker HD download launching early, hits Wii U Sept. 20

The downloadable version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD will beat its retail counterpart to the Wii U, Nintendo announced today, launching Sept. 20 on the console's eShop.

It was announced earlier this week that the retail version of Wind Waker HD will hit North American retailers on Oct. 4; in a press release today, Nintendo announced that interested players can grab the game off the eShop a full two weeks early. Both versions of the title will carry a $49.99 price tag.

For more information on the seafaring title's enhancements, check out our preview of The Legend of Zelda:...

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Nintendo dropping Wii U Deluxe price to $299.99 Sept. 20

Nintendo is lowering the price for the Wii U Deluxe console to $299.99, a $50 discount over its previous price of $349.99.

Nintendo will also release a Wii U bundle with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD on Sept. 20 for $299.99.

The Deluxe Set was released at the console's launch last November and includes a black console, 32 GB of internal storage and NintendoLand. It also includes stands for the console, GamePad controller and a GamePad cradle. An 8 GB, white Wii U Basic Set was also released at launch for $299.99.

Nintendo's announcement did not mention the Basic Set, which it...

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Nintendo 2DS coming this Oct. for $129.99, plays 3DS games in 2D

Nintendo is releasing a new version of its Nintendo 3DS hardware that's playable only in 2D. It's called the Nintendo 2DS and will be available in North America on Oct. 12 for $129.99.

Nintendo 2DS plays the entire library of 3DS and DS games only in 2D, Nintendo announced, dropping the stereoscopic 3D of the currently available Nintendo 3DS. The new handheld features a "fixed, slate-type form factor" — instead of a clam shell-style design — but retains the hardware features of the standard 3DS, including its dual screens and touch screen.

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