Nintendo drops 2DS price to 7999 including Mario Kart 7
It’s been over two and a half years since the surprising launch of the 2DS console by Nintendo. It removed the hinge from the 3DS case design while retaining two screens, the 3D visuals option was gone, and the chunky wedge-shaped handheld was aimed squarely at a young audience, as was the extra durability apparent in its construction. It also carried a cheaper price while retaining the ability to play all pre-New 3DS games.The launch price of the 2DS was $129.99, but that officially dropped to $99.99 at the end of August last year. Now Nintendo is attempting to line the 2DS up for bumper rest of 2016 sales by dropping the price yet again, this time to $79.99. And to sweeten the deal further, you’ll be able to pick it up with a copy of Mario Kart 7 included for download.The 2DS has often been viewed with suspicion outside of its target audience of very young gamers. But having purchased one myself I’ve found it to be a very comfortable handheld to hold. The buttons are well positioned, the screens offer great color and brightness (it’s actually just one panel), the battery lasts long enough for it not to be frustrating, and it’s actually easier to use lying down because of that solid, wedge design. Sound could be better, but headphones make all the difference in that regard.Nintendo will roll out the lower price on May 20 across the US, and I’m sure some retailers will discount it a few dollars more if they can. Combined with the $20 Nintendo Selects games, you could purchase a 2DS and have up to seven games to play for the same price as a New Nintendo 3DS XL (around $200). That’s certainly great value and a kid (or adult) who won’t be bored this summer.