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Nintendo Drops Wii U Price, Announces 2D-Only 3DS

By Will Smith

Wait, what? A 2D-only 3DS? What's it called, something dumb like the Nintendo 2DS?

This morning, Nintendo announced the anticipated price drop for the beleaguered Wii U. The MSRP of the Deluxe model is now $50 less, at $299. The big shocker was the announcement of a 2D-only version of the 3DS, which they are calling the 2DS.

The 2DS will be available on October 12 for $130, conveniently the same day as the next round of Pokemon games. Aside from the omission of the 3D screen, the 2DS is identical to the 3DS and 3DS XL hardware--it will play all 3DS and DS games, and be compatible with the other consoles in the 3DS family for multiplayer. Also notable, the 2DS is Nintendo's first departure from the clamshell design for handhelds since the original DS launched.

Edit: Corrected price, it's $299 not $199 as originally listed. We apologize for the error.