Nintendo has announced that it will be cutting the price of its Wii U Deluxe console to $300, effective September 20. The $50 drop will hit just a couple of months before the launches of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One systems, and comes in response to several months of lackluster sales for Nintendo’s follow-up to the massively successful Wii.
Nintendo has said in the past that the Wii U’s sales issues (it’s sold an estimated 3.61 million units since launching last November) were due to its scarcity of quality titles more than its MSRP. While the company has started to launch bigger-name games like Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101 recently, and while it is scheduled to release new Mario, Donkey Kong, Super Smash Bros., and other high-profile games later this year, it now appears to be taking a more aggressive (and perhaps necessary) stance.
The price cut will also coincide with the launch of one of those upcoming games: the HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. The company announced that it will release a limited Wii U and Wind Waker bundle that will also be priced at $300 on September 20. The downloadable version of Wind Waker HD will launch for all Wii U systems that same day, while the boxed retail version will arrive on October 4.
Nintendo is also shaking up its handheld business with the announcement of the Nintendo 2DS, a new version of the popular Nintendo 3DS portable that plays all 3DS and DS games, but doesn’t have a bendable hinge, and doesn’t support 3D functionality. Nintendo is positing the 2DS as a more affordable way for people to enter into its handhelds, and at $130 the device is $40 cheaper than its 3DS, and $70 cheaper than the 3DS XL.
Besides the lack of a hinge and the 2D-only gameplay, the 2DS sports the same control setup and dual screens as a regular 3DS. It comes with a 4GB memory card, a stylus, built-in WiFi and the other standard features of its predecessor as well. It’ll launch on October 12, the same day as the upcoming Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. Optional red and blue carrying cases will be available on the same date for $13 each.
Source: Nintendo (via Business Wire)