The image you see above the 2DS. Recently announced by Nintendo HQ, It is an alternative version of the 3DS for children aged 7 and under.
It’s also a hard smack in the face for long-time Nintendo fans the world over.
Is this why Wii U games are getting delayed?
Is this why Nintendo’s premier 8th generation console is getting left in the dust before its competitors have even hit the store shelves?
The Wii U is in a pretty bad place right now. Not even a pre-christmas price drop is going to sway the informed consumer looking for a next-gen home console at this stage. After a shaky launch period the Wii U is still not selling well and is plagued by the same problem it encountered at day 1: There are not simply not enough games out.
We are yet to play a new Zelda game on the Wii U.
We are yet to play a new installment of Mario Kart on the Wii U.
We are yet to play a new 3D Mario game on the Wii U.
It’s been out for about 10 months now… and we haven’t even got Wind Waker HD yet.
Pikmin? Sure, after a gratuitous delay. New Metriod? Donkey Kong? Nope. Not yet anyway. Let’s not even mention the Rayman Legends catastrophe.
So, how does Nintendo deal with an obvious crisis?
It announces… The fucking 2DS.A calculated, profitable decision that perfectly symbolizes the company philosophy right now:
Avoid risks. Delay games. Ensure sales.
Nintendo fans should be outraged by this announcement. While 3DS gamers have a bunch of titles to play with, It’s certainly a giant middle finger to Wii U owners. Get your shit together Nintendo. End Rant.