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Nintendo has now cut prices of its Wii U video gaming console by $50. Apart from this, it has also introduced an entry-level variant of its DS hand-held gaming console, the 2DS. The Japanese electronics giant has planned to cut prices so that it can compete with the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, which are set to launch in November.
After the price restructure, the Wii U deluxe edition can be picked up for an MSRP of $299(Rs 20,208) , effective September 2013. Owing to this, the basic model will be discontinued. Fans should also look forward to a Wii U bundle featuring "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD," a remake of the 2003 game, that will also be in stores from September 20 for $299.99(Rs 20,208).
As for the new 2DS, it will launch on Oct. 12 for $129.99(Rs. 8721). And yes, it will play DS and 3DS games. However, it will not display any of the games in three dimensional graphics. But thanks to the console's ultra-competitive pricing, we expect it to do very well. The launch date also coincides with the upcoming Pokemon game.
Nintendo is facing grim situation not only at home, but also in the major gaming markets worldwide. The Wii U failed to take off and with the coming of PS4 and XBox One consoles, the company is forced to make its holiday offering sweeter. Wii U has been struggling with sales ever since its launch owing to several shortcomings. There's a serious lack of software, a rather confusing control scheme and very little third party support.
However, move over to the 3DS, and you have a different story. While it didn't do too well last year, the hand-held console registered strong sales after a host of new games were released for it. Nintendo has always been about its content. It ensures that each of its consoles come with some brilliant, exclusive titles that go on to drive sales in a big way.
Nintendo's only hope is if it can continue to make available rich, fun and exclusive content for its consoles. The company has managed to make some solid titles available in 2013 for the 3DS. Its performance in the holiday season will depend mainly upon what new titles it can bring out over the next few months.