Nintendo Announces 2DS, Wii U Deluxe Price Cut

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Nintendo Announces 2DS, Wii U Deluxe Price Cut

While it may not be for you, Nintendo is covering its bases.

The 3DS without the 3D, the Nintendo 2DS plays both 3DS and DS games in 2D, Nintendo announced today. The Nintendo 2DS will be released Oct. 12. It still includes many of the 3DS features such as WiFi, even the AR games and 3D camera. These functions just won't be displayed in 3D unless transferred to a 3DS. On the appearance, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime described the 2DS as "a standard 3DS laid all the way flat, and with the depth slider all the way down. Everything else is there in the system."

Nintendo made it clear to parents that the 3DS is recommended for children seven years old and up, leading them to market the 2DS to five- and six-year-olds as their first handheld gaming device.

The 2DS will be $129.99 and launch in red and blue models. Because the handheld is flat, instead of closing it like the 3DS to put it in sleep mode, the 2DS's sleep mode is activated via a slider. The 2DS is also thicker at the top than at the bottom, making the screens angled for better visibility when placed on a flat surface.

While the 2DS may not appeal to everyone, Nintendo is doing its best to appeal to other consumers who may be uncomfortable with the 3DS. Fils-Aime said, "That's just an example of how we're always thinking about, 'how do we get more people playing games? How do we get more people playing Nintendo games?'"

In addition, Nintendo announced a price cut for the Wii U Deluxe at $299, matching the price for the Wind Waker HD bundle. Fils-Aime told IGN the price cut was straightforward and "the focus on heightening the value for Wii U is now that we are in position where we've got a regular pace of great software." The price cut begins Sept. 20.

Source: IGN

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This would have made an excellent April Fools Day prank on Nintendo's part.

I have to admit I find this fairly silly. But hey, a lower priced 3DS without the 3D, no doubt this is what a lot of people wanted from the start. So I guess this is a good an idea as any. Plus it sort of a similar design to an old Game Boy, but with two screens, so that's kinda cool.
I enjoy my 3DS pretty well as it is, so I don't think I'll get this.

Actually, I first heard about this from this video here. and my favorite line from the ad has to be:
"A handheld gaming system from Nintendo like you've never seen before"
Yes. Yes we have. It was called the "DS."

roseofbattle:
In addition, Nintendo announced a price cut for the Wii U Deluxe at $299, matching the price for the Wind Waker HD bundle. Fils-Aime told IGN the price cut was straightforward and "the focus on heightening the value for Wii U is now that we are in position where we've got a regular pace of great software." The price cut begins Sept. 20.

Also goddamn it; I just bought a Wii U not 10 days ago and they're just now announcing the price cut. Goddamnit.

But... But ever since the Advance SP the flipping has been my favorite part of the Nintendo handhelds!

I'll pass on this one and not just because I'm a poor student this time...

Is this really necessary? I mean, you can turn the 3D on or off at your leisure and some things look pretty cool in 3D sometimes. Regardless, that is a very cheap handheld and the system has some stellar games.

As for the Wii-U, sweet, but unless there are any good games for it, I probably won't get one soon.

Now if only they can release a version that can be carried in peoples pockets.

The lack of hinge will be great for children, who seem to be good at breaking DS hinges. The lack of 3D and lower price means I will probably get this for my mom, who has been hotly anticipating Pokémon X and Y, but doesn't have a 3DS to play them on (and doesn't even want 3D, because she tried mine and it gave her a headache).

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I've always wanted a portable console I couldn't carry in my pocket! And look! 2 screens to get scratched to hell because it doesn't fold away?!

Nintendo R&D is the besterest!

While I really like the idea, it's presented in such a way that makes it very unlikely that I'd buy one.

inb4 Jeffers says this is the best move Nintendo ever made, ever.

I think this is great, when kids want to play the new Pokémon games the clerk will recommend getting this too and also saves money. Without the 3D the parent doesn't have to worry about it hurting the child's eyes as much and without the hinge it's less likely to break when it gets dropped.

So now the "handheld" is massive, unable to fit in any pockets at all, along with looking absolutely ludicrous and being a complete waste of time and effort on anyone's part. I don't know about you, but I have a little more faith in kids than this.

I suddenly feel an overwhelming desire to phone home for some reason.

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You know, seeing a lot of the reaction to this, and the amount of people who dislike 3D, I expected more people to be on board with this.

I mean, I guess the design isn't very good (Not being able to fold your DS seems like more of a downgrade than not including 3D) and I hope they at some point fix that, but I'm game. Now I can buy a 3DS and play Pokemon X and Y at a cheaper price and without the eyesore of 3D. I know you can turn off the 3D, but I'm never gonna use it, so it might as well not be there, especially if it makes it cheaper.

TizzytheTormentor:
Is this really necessary? I mean, you can turn the 3D on or off at your leisure and some things look pretty cool in 3D sometimes. Regardless, that is a very cheap handheld and the system has some stellar games.

As for the Wii-U, sweet, but unless there are any good games for it, I probably won't get one soon.

Still waiting on SMT x FE are we?

I got 2 new Wii U games coming this week actually... At any rate the price cut is good news, the system will really benefit from a better value proposition, and the Zelda bundle will likely help shift some units. Less people have played wind waker than you may think, considering how much of a flop the Cube was compared to it's competitors.

As for the 2DS... um, okay then.

I guess it's a good idea to release a cheaper version of the 3DS without the 3D... however the design makes it bulkier than he DS or the 3DS. Heck, that's bulkier than a 3DS XL since you can't flip it.

Honestly this just seems like a bad idea.

Can't say I see the appeal of a handheld with 2 screens that doesn't fold. But hey I'm sure someone will buy it. It's not like you need to turn on any of the 3D for most of the 3DS functions anyway.

How I imagine holding a 2DS feels like:-

(Yes I still own a Neo Geo Pocket Colour)

What a piece of junk! I thought this was some kind of joke, but that is one ugly, impractical piece of hardware.

Sorry folks while not for me I think this is a pretty savvy idea. A lot of folk will be turned off by the 3D aspect of the 3DS and the price point, but want to play the games - this device solves both those issues. Granted it brings in a massive issue of scratched screens by not being clam-shell, but does anyone level that point against the Vita, their Kindle or other tablet? Or do they just get a case and take care of the device? Also granted it's ugly as sin.. I have no answer for that.

Point is the 3DS is there for those that want it and this will be there to scoop up some more sales that Nintendo might not otherwise have gotten.

Also, OH LOOK doesn't this release on the same day as Pokemon X & Y? Nintendo, you clever bastards.

I'm not a member of NDF honest I'm not, so don't lump me in with them. Just because I'm not hating, doesn't make me a raging fanboi.

This is kinda strange... and it isn't even April 1st... is there maybe an end of August joke day in Japan or something?

When can I buy the 1DS 3DS model?

I don't hate the 3d aspect of the 3ds, I just felt like I would have no use for it outside of a gimmick.
A 2d version of the 3ds made cheaper is awesome for me, but the lack of folding? That's confusing to me, since the DS has always been about portability and folding allowed the screens to be protected.

Now it looks like a WII U pad with an extra screen.

I sense a protective cover coming soon to be sold separately.

I'm not against this idea outright, but that bulky case design is where I get off the train

I was very interested in that Wind Waker HD bundle when it was $350, but now it's only $300 I can definitely see myself picking one up in the near future. As for the 2DS, I like the idea of a cheaper version without the 3D but I just wish there could have been a fold-able version to make it more compact.

Hmmm... I like the concept of a 3DS without the 3D, I'm all for it, especially if it's cheaper but... seriously?, that ridiculous design was necessary?.

Also, kudos for the WiiU price drop, definitely there are a few games I'd like to play on it.

SkarKrow:
Still waiting on SMT x FE are we?

Yes...yes I am...

I got 2 new Wii U games coming this week actually... At any rate the price cut is good news, the system will really benefit from a better value proposition, and the Zelda bundle will likely help shift some units. Less people have played wind waker than you may think, considering how much of a flop the Cube was compared to it's competitors.

I am not really interested in HD WindWaker, I have the original game and Master Quest on my shelf and aside from a few games like Super Mario Bros U and Lego City Undercover, there isn't much that makes me want a Wii-U right now.

Games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros U are great, but MK8 isn't out until Spring next year and I don't think there is a solid release date for SSB-U.

As for the 2DS... um, okay then.

The fact that it doesn't fold makes you wonder how you can carry it around without scratching the screens.

Confusingly named, doesn't flip shut so it's not actually very portable. At all.

Well done Nintendo. The only thing they got right was the removal of the 3D.

TizzytheTormentor:

SkarKrow:
Still waiting on SMT x FE are we?

Yes...yes I am...

I got 2 new Wii U games coming this week actually... At any rate the price cut is good news, the system will really benefit from a better value proposition, and the Zelda bundle will likely help shift some units. Less people have played wind waker than you may think, considering how much of a flop the Cube was compared to it's competitors.

I am not really interested in HD WindWaker, I have the original game and Master Quest on my shelf and aside from a few games like Super Mario Bros U and Lego City Undercover, there isn't much that makes me want a Wii-U right now.

Games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros U are great, but MK8 isn't out until Spring next year and I don't think there is a solid release date for SSB-U.

As for the 2DS... um, okay then.

The fact that it doesn't fold makes you wonder how you can carry it around without scratching the screens.

It's too big to put in a sock too, which only compounds the folding issue!

I'm sure SMTxFE will be out in 2014. I am interested in HD Wind Waker because I don't actually have a Gamecube copy of my own, so it's a buy for me, and I meant that in general it will likely help shift some units in the same way that Ocarina helped shift some 3DS's.

I've got Rayman Legends and Super Luigi U coming this week. Otherwise it's a bit dry until the autumn, when Sonic Lost World and Mario 3D World comes out. It really is a shame that MK8 and Smash Bros aren't out until next spring because both of them look absolutely fantastic and damn well worth the asking price.

I think it's worth saying that I think we're looking at another 3DS here and not another Gamecube, it'll find it's legs once games fucking come out for the thing.

So what the hell is the right analog stick add-on gonna look like for that beast?

Aimed at 5 6 years old? That's more reason to have a folding system to protect the screens.

I'll not get too loud or frothy in here, but..,

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Nintendo may well have just jump started the Wii U back to life. Woop!

Also, for everyone moaning about the design of the 2DS, it's quite obvious from the design, the price, and the lack of 3D that this is something Nintendo designed to appeal specifically to young kids. Nintendo has said the 3D on the 3DS isn't suitable for young children, so this is their follow up to that. I mean, it's launching the same time as Pokemon. How much clearer could it be?

Daystar Clarion:
I've always wanted a portable console I couldn't carry in my pocket! And look! 2 screens to get scratched to hell because it doesn't fold away?!

Nintendo R&D is the besterest!

While I really like the idea, it's presented in such a way that makes it very unlikely that I'd buy one.

I would like to think you're not a child Daystar, which would put you outside the target demographic of this.

inb4 Jeffers says this is the best move Nintendo ever made, ever.

Ever made? Aw hell naw! Ain't nothing about the 2DS that matches the majesty of the Gamecube controller...

How's the battery life?
If it is way higher than the 3ds, a super cheap, sturdier system that can play ds and 3ds games (why no gba?) might be kinda cool.

Lack of second analog stick yet again is kind of a huge facepalm though.
There's even more room than on the 3ds xl now. No excuse.

mysecondlife:
Aimed at 5 6 years old? That's more reason to have a folding system to protect the screens.

Nuh-uh. I've worked in kiddy electronics. Clamshells are a designer no-no for electronics catered to children. Folding parts like that are a perfect way for stupid children to trap their fingers, which parents can then use to cause all sorts of hell. If you're designing hardware for kids, you want as few moving, folding parts as possible to minimise the chance of a lawsuit when little Timmy chops the top of his finger off.

TizzytheTormentor:
As for the Wii-U, sweet, but unless there are any good games for it, I probably won't get one soon.

They're plenty of good games on the Wii U, with more on the way.

Seems to me R&D has been really hurting with "new ideas" ever since Yokoi died. They were able to look back at the Game & Watch designs when creating the DS/3DS, but now it's kinda sad given the design of the 2DS.

captcha: two hands
Yes, that's how you hold a handheld, captcha. You get a gold star today!

Seems like Nintendo is getting Serious for a huge Financial Quarter Three this year, after a very disappointing First Quarter and probably disappointing but not as much Second Quarter.

I hope the Price Cut for the WiiU does something good for it, and it's a good thing that it's happening on the Day LoZ:WWHD is released. I also find it odd that they pushed forward Super Mario 3D World and pushed back Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. Still, here's hoping for the best!

Also, I don't see anything wrong with the 2DS, and according to a reviewer who got to hold one, it's actually very nice in the hands. It reminds me of The Gameboy Advanced Ver. 1 (The wide one), which I had fond memories of. I don't need to upgrade though, and I actually prefer to use the 3D effects, so I'm gonna skip it.

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