An ABC News Tech Bytes video segment for Thursday reported on a pair of Nintendo announcements for the new Nintendo 2DS handheld and the Wii U price drop. Unfortunately, the report contains a a couple of errors that could lead to consumer confusion.
In reporting on the Nintendo 2DS, the host of the segment pronounced the entry console's name as the "Nintendo Two Dees" and its more expensive sibling, the Nintendo 3DS, as "Nintendo Three Dees." Then while announcing the $50 price cut to the Wii U, she refers to the home console simply as the "Wii."
At first glance, these can simply be thought of as simple Anchorman-like mistakes where the person reading a teleprompter makes a mistake either in pronunciation or by missing a critical word like "U." However, there's also a glaring factual error in the report where the Nintendo 2DS is described as having "lower resolution graphics" and "lower quality graphics" when compared to the Nintendo 3DS. In reality, the new handheld simply dropped 3D support along with the clamshell form factor so it could be released at an entry level $129 price. The actual resolution of the graphics remains unchanged.
Since Tech Bytes is a produced video segment, it had to have gone through a couple of takes as well as editing prior to being published. That means these errors were missed by multiple people working for ABC News along the way and could end up causing confusion for Nintendo consumers.
The Nintendo 2DS will be released on Oct. 12 for $129.99 alongside Pokemon X and Y. The handheld features the same features as the Nintendo 3DS minus the support for 3D graphics and clamshell design. Meanwhile, the Wii U Deluxe will receive a price cut from $349.99 to $299.99 on Sept. 20 and receive a new bundle featuring The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD on the same day at the same price.
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