Today Nintendo announced quite a few big things. One, the Wii U is getting a $50 price cut starting on September 20. Alongside that, The Wind Waker HD will be released digitally the same day, while the retail copy will release on October 4. This price drop is great news for both the company and consumers interested in the Wii U at a lower price point. Again, great news, but Nintendo wasn’t without faults.
The company also announced the 2DS. Yes, the 2DS, which looks like a piece of cake. For one, it doesn’t close leaving it exposed to the elements even though Nintendo is offering a $12.99 bag with it. Two, the 2DS will, as the name implies, be removing 3D support for games. However, if users take video, or pictures, those will be in 3D, but they won’t be displayed in 3D on the 2D system and…what? Nintendo, what is going on?
On one hand sure, a $129.99 system is great, but if Nintendo really wanted to make an affordable 3DS system, drop it to a cool $100 which looks more appealing. Or better yet, why not just drop the price of the systems already out there instead of wasting money on developing a new, pointless system. After all, the 3DS system is selling gangbusters and doesn’t even need a new piece of hardware. Plus the 3DS system is already in 2D if players turn off the 3D on the brilliantly designed slider. No muss, no fuss.
If Nintendo hadn’t announced a price drop for the Wii U, this would be more of an issue of, why help a non-struggling product like the 3DS instead of focusing on the Wii U. But even with the price cut, Nintendo has a long way to go to get the Wii U selling again, or at all. Yet announcing the 2DS on top of the price drop is robbing the Wii U of its deserved headlines. Instead people will be asking, “What are you doing Nintendo?”