Wii U Price-Drop, 2DS, and Release Dates Announced

Nintendo had some pretty wicked announcements to make today, so I figured I’s sum them all up for you guys here. First off was the big news that the Wii U will be getting a $50 price cut effective September 20th, bringing its retail price down to $299.99. This date also coincides with the release of the Wii U Wind Waker bundle. As you might have guessed, the $300 Wii U is for the Deluxe model. This price drop was much-needed and should help boost sales going into the all important holiday period.

WW BundleNext up was the confirmation of release dates for Nintendo’s biggest games on the Wii U and 3DS.

Wii U Release Forecast

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – September 20 (Digital – $49.99)

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – October 4 (Physical – $49.99)

Wii Party U – October 25 (with Wii Remote Plus for $49.99)

Super Mario 3D World – November 22 ($59.99)

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – December 6 ($49.99)

Wii Fit U – Holiday 2013

Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games – Holiday 2013

3DS Release Forecast

Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure – September 24

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril – Fall

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – October 25

Skylanders SWAP Force – October 13

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! – November 19

Sonic Lost World – October 22

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – November 22 ($39.99)

Mario Party: Island Tour – November 22 ($39.99)

It’s interesting to see how much earlier Wind Waker is coming out on the eShop compared to in-store. I, for one, and hoping this trend continues as it is super convenient. The last bit of news was the introduction of an entirely new entry level 3DS, called the Nintendo 2DS. It’s essentially a 3DS except it doesn’t play games in 3D, but does everything else. It retails for $129.99 and will be available for the launch of Pokémon X and Y on October 12th. The new system is based on a slate design instead of a clam-shell design, and skews towards a younger demograph.

2DSThat’s a lot of news for one morning. What do you all think? I know the 2DS isn’t aimed at me, and besides looking ugly as sin I think is a smart move. Parents will eat this up at only $130. The Wii U price cut was needed, and I think it now looks much better than before, and the line-up of software looks excellent. What say you?

One thought on “Wii U Price-Drop, 2DS, and Release Dates Announced”

  1. What a ton of news in one day. I’m surprised they didn’t dedicate a Nintendo Direct video to all this.

    The 2DS is a smart product with an unusual design. It’s ugly, but practical and budget priced. I never expected something like this until a year later though.

    The Wii U price drop is also a logical yet unexpected move. It seems rather forced since they always said that there wouldn’t be any price drop. On the other hand, the value is excellent. The Wind Waker and Hyrule Historia included is great stuff, and making them digital makes sense to cut losses of including the physicals.

    An earlier digital release for The Wind Waker is also cool stuff, but it’s cutting on The Wonderful 101 which is surprising.

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