Nintendo Announces Wii U Deluxe Price Cut, Zelda Bundle, Holiday Titles, and… the Nintendo 2DS?
In a move many have been saying the company should make, yet few ever actually expected them to actually do, Nintendo announced today the release of the new Nintendo 2DS: A new, more cost-effective version of the Nintendo 3DS which dispenses with the somewhat controversial stereoscopic 3D and clamshell design in favor of a form which should be more appealing to– among others– children, and moreover, the parents who buy things such as video game systems for them.
Priced at $129.99, $40 less than the standard Nintendo 3DS and $70 less than the Nintendo 3DS XL, the Nintendo 2DS will be available in Red or Blue when it is released on October 12th. Nintendo is positioning it as a more affordable “entry point” into their world of handheld video games. Accompanying carrying cases in those same colors will also be available at a suggested retail price of $12.99.
All Nintendo 3DS games are playable on the slate-styled device, only now, the games are displayed in 2D. It also retains many of the same features of its older siblings, including online connectivity for multiplayer and Nintendo eShop downloads, plus backwards compatibility with more than 2,000 games from the original Nintendo DS library.
This seems to be an extremely smart and well-calculated move by Nintendo; in addition to finally offering an option for gamers who can’t see 3D and are uncomfortable with paying a premium for a feature they can’t utilize, this also opens up their library to younger holdouts whose parents are wary of the warnings against children viewing 3D images. It’s apparently no coincidence, then, that Nintendo is releasing their newest handheld option on the exact same day that Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are due to be available at retailers across North America.
Nintendo has also announced dates and prices for other Nintendo 3DS (Note: I’m not creating a “Nintendo 2DS” tag for the site, because pretty much everything that applies to one applies to the other, save for the hardware and case) titles. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (click for my hands-on impressions) and Mario Party: Island Tour will both be released on November 22nd for a suggested retail price of $39.99.
Previously-announced third-party titles coming include Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Sept. 24); LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril (Fall) and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (Oct. 25) from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment; Skylanders SWAP Force (Oct. 13) from Activision Publishing; Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! (Nov. 19) from D3Publisher; and Sonic Lost World (Oct. 22) from SEGA.
The other big news of the day is that Nintendo is readying its second movement with the Wii U. On September 20th, the price of the Wii U Deluxe Set will be reduced by $50 to $299.99, and a limited-edition The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD bundle will be joining its brethren on store shelves. Consisting of a black Wii U Deluxe console and a GamePad controller adorned with gold Hyrule crest, lettering, and symbols from the game, it will also include digital codes to download The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD from the Nintendo eShop and a digital version of the Hyrule Historia, a book of art, stories, design sketches, and more that is a must-have for any The Legend of Zelda fan.
Those who already own a Wii U, or are otherwise not opting for the bundle will find that The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD will be available in the Nintendo eShop on September 20th, while those holding out for the gold-foil packaged retail disc copy will have to wait until October 4th for some reason. Both versions will go for $49.99, though EBGames will also be offering an exclusive Ganondorf figurine bundled with the packaged game at a suggested retail price of $54.99.
As an aside, there are unfortunately no pictures of the figure yet, but since it’s probably Ganondorf as he was seen in Wind Waker, it’s likely bound to be awesome.
Rounding things out are Nintendo’s list of upcoming Wii U releases for the holiday season, some of which are now helpfully dated and priced. This includes Wii Party U (click for my hands-on impressions) on October 25th, which will come with a Wii Remote Plus and stand, all for the price of $49.99.
This will be followed by Super Mario 3D World on November 22nd for $59.99, then Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on December 6th for $49.99. Wii Fit U and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games are both set for the holiday season, with date, price, and further details to come at a later date.
On the third-party front, there is Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Sept. 24) and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Fall) from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment; Skylanders SWAP Force (Oct. 13) and Call of Duty: Ghosts (Nov. 5) from Activision Publishing; Rayman Legends (Sept. 3), Just Dance 2014 (Oct. 8), Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (Oct. 29), and Watch_Dogs (Nov. 19) from Ubisoft; and Sonic Lost World (Oct. 22) from SEGA, which I’m looking at playing for charity.
Price cuts, new hardware versions, and plenty of new games: It looks like Nintendo means business this holiday season.