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Nintendo 2DS gets another price cut

It's down to $79.99

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Not even a year after cutting the price to just under $100, the Nintendo 2DS is getting another price drop. Beginning May 20, Nintendo's entry-level handheld will be $79.99, the company announced this morning.

The new $79.99 offering will still include a download code for Mario Kart 7, as past SKUs have. The Nintendo 2DS debuted in October 2013 at $129.99 and its price dropped to $99.99 in August 2015. It's meant to be a lower-cost introduction to the 3DS line of games, and more usable for younger gamers.

The Nintendo 2DS handheld plays all of the 3DS and DS libraries, just without the 3D effect of its 3DS siblings. It's also a single "slate" as opposed to the unfolding clamshell of the 3DS lines. It still has two screens, a touch screen, and all the other controls of a 3DS.

The 2DS price drop comes about three weeks before the launch of Kirby: Planet Robobot for 3DS. Go here for our impressions of that game from PAX East.