The Japanese gaming company announced on Wednesday that it will start selling its new Nintendo 2DS portable console on October 12th for a rock-bottom price of just $129.99 (approx R1341.69). Nintendo says the console will play all Nintendo 3DS games in 2D and that it has been “designed specifically for anyone looking for a more affordable entry point into the world of Nintendo hand-held video games.”
While releasing a cheaper portable console is certainly a smart move on Nintendo’s part, the fact that the new console cannot be folded and is aesthetically rather unappetizing may make it a tough sell.
The Nintendo 2DS retains many of the same hardware features as the Nintendo 3DS including the same Nintendo 3DS gameplay controls, backwards compatibility with the vast existing library of Nintendo DS games, as well as wireless connectivity features such as access to Nintendo eShop, plus StreetPass and SpotPass functionality. However the console takes on a distinctive new fixed, slate form design, and will play all packaged and download Nintendo 3DS games in 2D. The new console is designed as an entry point into, or a new way to enjoy, the Nintendo handheld experience and will be available at launch in two colour combinations, WHITE + RED and BLACK + BLUE, with a Nintendo 2DS Carrying Case (in either Red or Blue) that can be purchased separately.
The end of year games line-up for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS is going to feature a vast array of games coming exclusively to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS this year, ensuring all can enjoy a choice of some of the best known and most loved franchises Nintendo has to offer. From Pokémon to Donkey Kong, Mario to Zelda, Nintendo will be offering unforgettable gameplay experiences in the months ahead.
Nintendo outlined a campaign that will offer consumers unprecedented levels of value and variety this holiday season. That proposition includes:
A $50 price drop for the Wii U Deluxe Set to a new suggested retail price of just $299.99, effective on Sept. 20.
A limited-edition Wii U bundle featuring The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD launching on Sept. 20.