Nintendo announces major price drop on new Wii Us and new Nintendo 2DS handheld device

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wii-u-zelda-wind-waker-hdBig news out of Nintendo today: a Wii U price drop and a new 3DS — well, sort of.

The Wii U has been struggling to gain a foothold in the next-gen market, with Nintendo suffering major losses and managing to shift very few of its Wii-successor consoles. A stronger line-up of games coming out in late 2013 and 2014 should help move more units, but its higher-than-Wii pricetag may be dissuading some of Nintendo’s less hardcore gamers from picking up the console.

Today, Nintendo announced a $50 price drop on the Wii U taking effect on September 20th. The price drop will bring the console to a more reasonable $300, which is $100 cheaper than the PS4 and a whopping $200 cheaper than Microsoft’s Xbox One. Additionally, Nintendo will release a $300 Wii U packaged with Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD.

Nintendo is also hoping to turn more gamers onto its handheld line with a new Nintendo 2DS, a 2D successor to its hit 3DS. The 2DS will retail for only $130, enabling fans who are hesitant to pick up the 3DS as its steeper price tag to get the hand-held console for a more reasonable price. Nintendo hopes that this new device will be an entry way into handheld gaming for a whole new generation.

nintendo-handheld-2DSThe only problem: the 2DS seems large and clunky, without its option to fold in half as the original DS and 3DS allows. Additionally, the back seems incredibly thick and not even, which may end up feeling odd in the hands of tech users familiar with thin and light devices. We can’t see the 2DS fitting into a pocket any time soon. The 2DS will play all DS and 3DS games.

Here’s the official introduction video for the 2DS:

The Wii U price drop will go into effect on September 20th, 2013, the same day Zelda: Wind Waker HD releases. The new Nintendo 2DS will hit stores on October 12th.

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