Nintendo release budget handheld
I thought this was a wind-up at first: BBC - Newsbeat - Nintendo aims at young gamers with new handheld console
Nintendo has announced it is launching a new handheld games console, seen by many as an attempt to strengthen profits.The new 2DS, a stripped down budget version of its 3DS model, will go on sale in Europe on 12 October 2013.
Announcing the 2DS as an "entry point" console, Nintendo confirmed it will be compatible with all DS games.
One analyst described the move as coming "out of the blue".
"Nintendo is expressly going after a market it's always really known how to cater for: kids." said Daniel Krupa, UK Games Editor at IGN.com
"If anything I would've expected an upgraded version of the 3DS, not a budget version."
They have also announced price cuts to the Wii U with the Deluxe version down to £192 from £225.
I'd be surprised if the new handheld sells TBH. With smartphone gaming going stratospheric the age of the dedicated handheld in almost over I think.