Nintendo 2DS now available. One less dimension, one great value.

Nintendo shocked all when they announced the Nintendo 2DS just a few weeks ago. The new handheld ditches the 3D and clamshell design of its older brother, but still supports all DS and 3DS software titles, just in 2D.

I had some hands on time at New York Comic Con this weekend, and believe it or not, the bread-shaped handheld is actually quite comfortable. I’d definitely take a bite of this new handheld if I didn’t prefer the screen size of the bigger 3DS XL that I’m currently sporting.

The Nintendo 2DS is now available in stores for $129.99, in either black and blue or black and red combinations. How many of you guys are going to take a slice of this action?

Live from New York Comic Con 2013

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Today marks the end of this year’s New York Comic Con, a four-day event that housed the newest (and oldest) of your favorite nerd-centric hobbies under one roof. All mediums were represented, including TV, film, video games, books, and comics, with other areas set up for arts and crafts, panels, celebrity autographs, and vintage collectibles.

This year’s NYCC did a terrific job at getting people to attend, and fans agreed, considering three of the show’s dates sold out weeks before the event. There were panels for The Walking Dead, The Legend of Zelda, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, plenty demos of upcoming games from Nintendo, Capcom, and D3 Publisher, and booths showcasing vintage action figures from decades passed. And of course, the fans brought their best with some terrific cosplay — Link definitely seemed to be one of the most represented characters throughout the halls.

At Nintendo’s booth, games like Pokemon X/Y, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Super Mario 3D World, and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze were on-hand. For attendees that played at least two of the company’s games, they received a sweet pair of cat ears, a nod to Mario’s newest cat suit power-up. The booth even included a small pop-up shop of the Nintendo World Store, selling a selection of shirts, plushies, consoles, and software.

If you weren’t able to attend this year, don’t worry. We were on-hand, and snapped a few photos for your enjoyment. Check them out below the break!

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Wii Sports remake announced for Wii U

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Nintendo surprised fans watching their latest Nintendo Direct dedicated to all things Wii Fit U to discuss a previously unannounced title, Wii Sports Club.

Wii Sports Club is essentially an HD remake of the original Wii pack-in, Wii Sports, with added Wii MotionPlus support for improved precision. But what really sets the game apart from the original are two major differences. First, business model. The game can be purchased by the sport, at $9.99 each. If you’re a fan of just bowling, or prefer only tennis and golf, you can pick exactly what you’d like — of course, you can always buy all 5. There’s also a unique day-pass option, where you’re free to play as much as you want for 24-hours, for $1.99. That’s a fantastic idea for the rarer gameplay sessions, like family get-togethers, or even just giving the software a trial run.

The second biggest change to the game is the addition of online multiplayer. You’ll be able to play your Wii U friends, or battle against players in different states. You can also chat through Miiverse. Pretty cool, don’t you think? It would have been great if they could have integrated the video chat from Wii U Chat in the corner of the screen while you were battling — I like to look into my opponent’s eyes when winning.

If you’d like to learn more, continue reading the press release below the break. Wii Sports Club will release on the Wii U eShop on November 7.

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Nintendo Download – September 19, 2013: Wind Waker HD

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There are a few great new additions to both of Nintendo’s eShops, but the most important game of the day should be a no-brainer. Starting at midnight (tonight, guys!), The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD will be available for download. The Wii U remake features a complete visual overhaul, presenting the GameCube classic in 1080p HD, 16:9 format, with improved gameplay, and boasting GamePad and Miiverse support. The retail physical version of the game won’t be available for another two weeks.

Other new releases include Super Mario Bros. on the Wii U Virtual Console, FIFA 14, and Star Wars Pinball for the Nintendo 3DS eShop. For a complete list of titles, continuing reading below.

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Nintendo Download – September 5, 2013

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A new week bring’s new downloadable titles for Nintendo’s Wii U and 3DS digital eShop. For starters, if you missed the retail release of this gem, Sonic Generations is now available as a download for 3DS. Meanwhile on Wii U, Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara finally gets a release after a brief delay.

For a look at all new games released this week, continue reading below!

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Summer Carnival ’92 RECCA – Created for a gaming competition back in 1992, Summer Carnival ’92 RECCA makes its way to North American shores for the first time. Widely considered one of the rarest and most challenging shooters ever made, the game is a frenetic, classic top-down shooter. Fight your way through wave after wave of enemy ships and defeat the boss at the end of each stage.

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Mario Party: Island Tour boxart released

3DS_MarioPartyIslandTour_PackageMario Party is returning with a brand new iteration for the Nintendo 3DS, titled Mario Party: Island Tour. Not too much is known about the game, but Nintendo did release the official boxart. Following the franchise tradition of vibrant and gorgeous artwork, the image shows what appears to be several island-themed stages floating in the clouds above the water. You’ll also notice Rosalina, which leaves me to believe she’s either a playable character, or the game may feature some Galaxy inspired boards or mini-games.

The title Island Tour is also interesting. Considering the upcoming game Mario Golf: World Tour is said to be heavily focused on online multiplayer support, could the re-use of “Tour” mean the same for Mario Party? Either way, this is a day one purchase for me.

The game is set to release November 22, the same day as The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Super Mario 3D World. Prepare your wallets.

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Nintendo Download – August 29, 2013

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After a wave of big Nintendo announcements yesterday, I was expected a slightly lackluster showing for this week’s Nintendo Download. Instead, there’s plenty to be excited about.

To tie in those big Zelda-themed announcements yesterday, Nintendo will release the original NES classic The Legend of Zelda on the Wii U Virtual Console. Finally, you can relive your childhood on the convenience of the Wii U GamePad. Also available today, Wario Land 3, for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. A great 3DS deal is also available starting today, where you can get Bit.Trip Saga, a collection of six-Bit.Trip titles, for just $4.99. That’s quite a steal.

Lastly, two big releases for Wii U this week. After what seems like an eternity of waiting, Rayman Legends will finally be available to download on the eShop when the game releases September 3. For Pokemon fans, Pokemon Rumble U will also be available, starting today! Using NFC figures to battle, the game marks the first Nintendo title to the built-in NFC functionality of the Wii U GamePad. For more details on this week’s releases, continue reading the official press release below the break.

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Nintendo confirms release dates for Mario, Zelda, & Donkey Kong

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There are plenty of new first-party titles in the works that Nintendo fans can’t wait to play. Thankfully, gone are the rough estimate launch windows provided to us at E3. Today, Nintendo has confirmed the release date of several big titles for both 3DS and Wii U.

Of note, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD will actually see a September 20 release digitally, while a retail version will arrive two weeks later. A brand new Wii U bundle will also release September 20 for $299, including a copy of the game, and a GamePad decorated with special Zelda-themed golden artwork. (Pictured below the break.)

Super Mario 3D World will release November 22, the same day as The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.  Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will release December 6.

For a complete list of release dates, including Mario Party: Island Tour, check below the break.

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Wii U Deluxe gets $50 price cut this September

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Starting next month, the Wii U Deluxe Set will cost $299. The price cut was expected, given the upcoming release of the PlayStation 4 this November, which will launch at just $399.

Nintendo will officially drop the price on September 20, but you may want to check with local retailers. It’s likely some price cuts will go into effect prior to that date.

Now that the most expensive model of Wii U is $100 less than the next generation of higher spec consoles, I’d be surprised if we didn’t see a serious sales spike this autumn.

Nintendo announces new Nintendo 2DS handheld. Seriously.

This is not a joke.

Nintendo has announced a brand new addition to their Nintendo 3DS handheld lineup: Nintendo 2DS. The device forgoes the 3D effect, but still plays all 3DS and DS games, and you’ll still have access to the eShop.

The form factor is a major change for Nintendo portable gaming, ditching the hinges for a tablet-like feel. It’s actually pretty unique, and I think a welcome change.

The Nintendo 2DS will be in stores October 12, in both red and blue, for $129.99.