Remember the Nintendo 2DS? Yeah, that little wedge-shaped portable console without all the bells and whistles thehas? It's now even cheaper.
Starting May 20, the price of the 2DS will drop from $100 down to $80 -- and that's still including a free download code for Mario Kart 7. That's 38 percent less than the $130 price at which the 2DS debuted in October 2013.
The 2DS currently retails for around £80 and AU$148 in the UK and Australia, respectively. A similar price cut for those countries hasn't been announced, but the new US price converts to approximately £55 and AU$110.
It's important to reinforce that the 2DS is Nintendo's no-frills, entry-level portable. The 2DS plays nearly all games for the Nintendo 3DS platform, but it can't display anything in 3D. It also has the smallest screens of any of the current DS models, and it doesn't have a great-sounding speaker.
Moreover, there's no hinge to keep it closed, so you'll want to protect it with a case. It also feels cheaply made and likely wouldn't survive a decent fall. But if you can look past those issues, I think the 2DS is perfect for younger players.
Editors' note: This review has been updated from its original publication in October 2013 to reflect a major price drop and changes in the competitive landscape.
Is this a good deal?
At $80, it's tough to argue against the purchase of a 2DS, if only for the huge library of 3DS games it opens the door to. Between the gamut of releases already available on the platform and all of the software available in the Nintendo Online Store, you'll never run out of things to play.