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Nintendo announces the “2DS” portable, drops price on Wii U. This is not a joke

Nintendo announces the “2DS” portable, drops price on Wii U. This is not a joke

Nintendo is making some bold moves before the holiday season with a $50 price drop on the Wii U Deluxe set. The hardware will now cost $299.99, effective on September 20. They are also releasing, get this, the Nintendo 2DS, a $129.99 slate-like portable that plays DS and 3DS games, but in 2D.

What the living hell?

Nintendo 2DS plays the entire library of packaged and downloadable games for Nintendo 3DS only in 2D. The system features a distinctive fixed, slate-type form factor, and optional carrying cases will be available in Red or Blue at launch at a suggested retail price of $12.99. Nintendo 2DS maintains many of the same hardware features as Nintendo 3DS: dual screens, game-play controls and touch-screen features. The system also has backward compatibility with the existing library of more than 2,000 Nintendo DS games, as well as access to wireless connectivity features like multiplayer online game play, fun Nintendo Video content and great digitally delivered games in the Nintendo eShop.

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Kotaku went hands-on with the hardware, and they enjoyed it.

“The most notable difference between units isn't really the lack of 3D graphics but the form factor. While it may appear ungainly and certainly doesn't fit in a pants pocket, it felt good in my hands. The circle pad, d-pad and face buttons were all easily accessible,” the article states. “Their placement on both sides of the upper screen directs one's focus more squarely on the upper screen, creating a little bit of the feeling of playing a game on a Wii U GamePad or original Game Boy Advance.”

Here's the video. It's weird.

The hardware will be available in Red or Blue, on October 12. There will also be a new, sexy Wii U bundle released on September 20.

A new limited-edition Wii U bundle featuring The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD launches on Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $299.99. The bundle includes a black Deluxe Wii U console; a GamePad controller adorned with gold lettering, a gold Hyrule crest and gold symbols from the game; a download code for the digital version of Hyrule Historia, a book that details the chronology, history and artwork of The Legend of Zelda series; and a code that can be used to download The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD from the Nintendo eShop immediately at no additional cost.

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Okay, what do you think? This is not what I expected to be talking about today.