This was a huge day for Nintendo news, coming in the form of all new handheld hardware, a new Wii U bundle and a price cut. The biggest new is the announcement of the Nintendo 2DS, yes you read that right, 2DS. This new, cheaper handheld will work with all 3DS, DS and Nintendo E-shop titles that currently run on 3DS. The primary difference is that this handheld will not have any 3D capability. As you can see in the image above, this new piece of hardware is a much simpler design, featuring only one camera, one speaker and no hinges. It will cost $130, come in blue or red, and will arrive in stores on October 12th, the same day as Pokemon X & Y.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is getting a Wii U bundle of it’s own. The bundle will come with a special Legend of Zelda themed Wii U gamepad, a digital copy of the Hyrule Historia (the compilation commemorating The Legend of Zelda series), a 32GB solid state hard drive, and a digital copy of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. Nintendo also showed off a new mode for Wind Waker, called Hero Mode. In Hero mode you take double the damage you normally do, and you will not be given recovery hearts at any point. This mode seems insanely difficult, and I cannot wait to see others tackle it, give Nintendo’s trailer for it a look as well.
Nintendo has dropped the priced of it’s other Wii U bundle, the Black Deluxe bundle, by $50 as well. Each bundle will retail for $299.99, and the Zelda Bundle will not come with Nintendo Land. The Zelda Bundle will launch on September 20th, and the game will also release that day on the Nintendo E-Shop. Boxed copies of the title will still launch two weeks later, on October 4th. The price cut for the Deluxe bundle will also come into effect on September 20th.
This reporter’s opinion: These are all great moves for Nintendo. The 2Ds allows for a cheap point of entry for gamers on a budget, and seems like a sturdier piece of hardware that would work better for children. The price drop was a must for Nintendo. With the Xbox One and PS4 both coming out in mere months, they need to gain some amount of momentum. The Wind Waker bundle is also a perfect point of entry for many of those on the fence about the Wii U. Wind Waker is a fan favorite title, and looks great with all the updates they are making. Combine that, with great titles like Pikman 3, The Wonderful 101 and Super Mario 3D World, and Nintendo may see their fledgling console turn the corner.
by, Bobby Marquardt