Nintendo just cut the Nintendo 2DS price tag to $99. And for this price, you also get Mario Kart 7. This cheap portable console can play all the 3DS games, which makes it a good console for your kids — it doesn’t cost much, and it can do a lot.
And it’s a very smart move. As of June 30, Nintendo has shipped more than 53 million. While many people already have a 3DS or New 3DS, this impressive number is nowhere close to the Nintendo DS and its 154 million units sold.
The 3DS has been around for more than 4 years now. It’s certainly much cheaper to produce than in 2011. Nintendo wants to sell you a cheap system so that you can regularly buy $30-$40 games. In other words, the 2DS is a cheap inkjet printer with expensive cartridges. That’s why selling you a console for $99 with a free $30 game makes sense.