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Nintendo to launch cheaper version of 3DS console in U.S., Europe.

OSAKA, Aug. 29 Kyodo

Nintendo Co. said Thursday it will launch a cheaper version of its 3DS portable game console, which is capable of showing 3-D images, on Oct. 12 in the United States and Europe to shore up sales in the Japanese game giant's major markets.

The new device called Nintendo 2DS will only be capable of displaying 2-D images and will be about 20 percent cheaper than the 3DS console. Nintendo will also slash the price of its Wii U game console by more than 10 percent in the United States and Europe.

The Nintendo 2DS will be offered at a suggested retail price of $129.99 in the United States, $40 cheaper than the 3DS, the company said. While the device is subject to open pricing in Europe, it is expected to be sold at around the same price as in the United States.

The Nintendo 2DS cannot be folded like the 3DS but can be used to play games developed for the 3DS, it said.

As for its Wii U console, Nintendo will cut the price of the "Deluxe Set" consisting of the console and one game, and sell the package at a suggested retail price of $299.99 from Sept. 20 in the United States, a $50 discount from the current price. The price reduction will take place in Europe on Oct. 4.

Sales in the United States and Europe account for more than 60 percent of Nintendo's consolidated sales.
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Date:Sep 2, 2013
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