In the two years since its release the Nintendo 2DS has slowly carved out a niche as a sort of ‘gateway’ into gaming. It isn’t the most powerful machine, and it’s far from the prettiest – but its low price-tag has made it a popular choice for people with young kids and those looking for their first handheld device.
Now that cheap option is about to get even cheaper, as Nintendo have announced plans to drop the price to $100 (about £63 in real money) as of August 30. As if that wasn’t enough of a ridiculously good bargain, they’re also throwing a free downloadable copy of Mario Kart 7 in with every unit.
Unfortunately, that lower price tag comes with a few caveats. It can’t be denied that the rigid, permanently open design of the 2DS just doesn’t look as nice as the 3DS clamshell, and the smaller screen and buttons don’t fit as comfortably in the hands. And, as if the name wasn’t a dead giveaway, there’s no stereoscopic 3D this time around.
Still, if you can live without the headache-inducing 3D this is still a great way of accessing Nintendo’s admittedly impressive library of handheld games, at a more than reasonable price tag.
This isn’t the first time that Nintendo has dropped the price of its hardware; the original 3DS was reduced by nearly $100 within six months of its original launch after disappointing sales.
Source: Ars Technica