Nintendo surprises with a Wii U price drop, Zelda bundle, and new 2DS hardware

Nintendo just dropped a surprise announcement today, out of the blue. First, the Wii U Deluxe set will drop in price by $50, bringing the price down to $299. This move is not unexpected, given the Wii U's poor sales numbers as of late. The price cut will take effect on September 20th.

The second announcement introduces a Zelda Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle, which will also release on September 20th. It includes the Deluxe Wii U, plus a download code for the game, and a special Gamepad emblazoned with Zelda designs. This means the digital version of the game will be appearing on the eShop on September 20th for everyone, several weeks before the physical verison. If you want a disc version of the game, you'll have to wait until October 4th. This special bundle will sell at the same reduced $299 price, making it the de facto bundle for most consumers come September 20th.

Finally, Nintendo announced a lower cost DS, the 2DS. Featuring a non- foldable slate design, the 2DS will play 3DS games but without the 3D. It is also compatible with the entire DS library of games. Screen sizes are identical to the current 3DS model. It will launch on October 12th for $129, alongside Pokemon X and Y.

Posted on August 28, 2013 and filed under News.