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Nintendo has just launched Nintendo Network ID through a new software update on the 3DS. This means that your 3DS will have an account system that’s very similar to the Wii U. In fact, if you own a Wii U and a 3DS, you can now link both consoles to one Nintendo Network ID which will allow you to use the same funds across both platforms.
Other features include being able to use Miiverse on 3DS just like you would on Wii U and of course continued access to the Nintendo eShop. The key feature of this update is obviously the ability to share a wallet between consoles, this is something that has been requested for some time.
There will no doubt be more features added to enhance the Nintendo Network as time goes on, but my personal request would be that they offer more downloads, like virtual console content, that can be played on both the Wii U and 3DS.
Nintendo has recently tweeted out an awesome deal on the Nintendo 3DS XL system by offering it for $149.99! This deal includes the new limited edition Zelda: A Link Between Worlds console. This offer is exclusive to Target and will continue on through 11/28 to 11/30.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) November 26, 2013
The Zelda version of the 3DS XL includes a digital download code for the newly released game, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. The bundled 3DS XL console is gold with a black bottom and it features a triforce on both the top and bottom of the console. It’s probably Nintendo’s coolest looking 3DS XL and it comes bundled with a top notch Zelda game which received a 9.4 (“Amazing”) review score from IGN. I have personally started to play through the new Zelda title and it’s easily one of the best reasons to own this console.
If you live in the UK and are planning on picking up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, don’t wait until the game is out to buy it. Instead, you can pre-oder the game from GAME and receive a treasure box that plays a familiar tune from the Zelda franchise. The announcement was officially made by Nintendo’s Eiji Aonuma and Satoru Iwata in the Vine you see above. The game is set to be released on November 22 for the Nintendo 3DS.
In what initially seems like one of the weirdest moves, Nintendo has just announced the Nintendo 2DS portable gaming system. No, that’s not a typo, it really says 2DS.
The Nintendo 2DS does not fold in half like the other DS systems and as the name would suggest, it lacks 3D capability. The 2DS is a complete redesign which at first glance seems odd but after looking at it for a while, it kind of grows on you.
All of these changes were put in place to put the 2DS at a $129.99 price tag, which for a device with as many capabilities as it has and not to mention an outstanding game library, is definitely more affordable. The 2DS will play the entire library of games for the 3DS, both downloadable and packaged, along with backwards compatibility with many DS titles.
The new handheld will be available on October 12th. You can get the full rundown on the system from Nintendo’s 2DS page.
What do you think? Love it or hate it?