NEW YORK – Nintendo on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, slashed the price of the struggling Wii U and unveiled the new ‘2DS’ portable game console.
The Nintendo 2DS strips out the novel, but not quite essential 3-D display technology that its older sibling possesses.
Nintendo will reduce the price of the Wii U deluxe set from $349.99 to $299.99, effective 20 September. The company will also release a Wii U bundle featuring The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, a remake of the 2003 game, that will also be available on 20 September for $299.99.
Nintendo has a long history of selling slightly altered variants of its portable consoles. There was the Game Boy, the Game Boy Color, the Game Boy Advance and the DS. But the 2DS is the first to remove functionality.
The 2DS does come with a price cut, however. While the current 3DS costs $170, the new 2DS will only cost $130.
Sony’s new console, the PlayStation 4, is due on 15 November with a $399 price tag. Microsoft has not announced an exact launch date for its new Xbox One, which will cost $499.