Weeks after Global President Satoru Iwata rationalized the current $349 price tag on the Wii U, Nintendo has officially announced that the console will see a $50 price drop to $299 beginning September 20 in a press release today. In addition, the company has confirmed a special "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD" Wii U edition. The GamePad will feature gold lettering, designs, and a golden Hyrule crest. Also included in the bundle is a digital code to download "Wind Waker HD" from the Nintendo eShop, as well as digital version of the "Hyrule Historia," which features in-depth information and art concerning the entire "Legend of Zelda" series timeline.
You can download "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD" on Sept. 20, or purchase a retail copy Oct. 4 for $49.99. GameStop will offer an exclusive edition bundled with a Ganondorf figurine for $54.99.
Other release dates include:
"Wii Party U" launches October 25, bundled with a Wii Remote Plus at a price of $49.99.
"Super Mario 3D World" will launch on November 22, a change from the planned December release, with a MSRP of $59.99. Interestingly, "Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze," originally scheduled for November, will now release on December 6 with an entry price of $49.99.
Unexpectedly, Nintendo has announced the 2DS: a new version of the 3DS that removes the three-dimensional feature, as well as its clamshell hinging. Nintendo is looking to attract younger demographics with its design, and carries a $129.99 price tag, significantly less than the current 3DS ($169) and 3DS XL ($199) models. The device will be available on October 12, the same day as "Pokémon: X" and "Y."
"The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds," the 3DS follow-up to the SNES "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past," will launch on November 22 for $39.99, the same day as "Super Mario 3D World" for Wii U and "Mario Party: Island Tour" for 3DS.
Nintendo also plans to launch "Wii Fit U" this holiday, though a release date is not known at this time.
"Nintendo has one of the strongest and most diverse video game lineups in our history," said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America, "Today we're making those unique Nintendo experiences more accessible and affordable. However you play and whatever you play, Nintendo has you covered."