This week in gaming

Nintendo’s popular handheld now with fewer dimensions

IGN reported Wednesday that Nintendo will release a new version of it’s popular DS handheld console. The 2DS is essentially a 3DS laid flat with no 3D capability.

The 2DS will be available from Oct. 12.

It can play all DS and 3DS games and has two cameras on the back so augmented-reality features still work. It can also take 3D pictures, but cannot display them, Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America president, told IGN. 3D photos taken with a 2DS must be transferred to a 3DS or 3DS XL to be viewed in 3D.

Nintendo’s not-so-popular console gets a price cut

The deluxe model of the Wii U will get a $50 price cut with the launch of “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD” Sept. 20. This brings the price of Nintendo’s next-gen console from $349 to $299.
The console, which includes a 32 GB hard drive, will be available by itself or bundled with a downloadable copy of “Wind Waker” and a digital copy of fictional history book “Hyrule Historia.” The bundle will cost $299.

A whole lot of humble

“The Humble Origin Bundle,” which offers six EA-published PC games in a pay-what-you-want format, and offers four additional titles and two soundtracks for a minimum purchase price of roughly $5, made over $10 million at it’s closing on Wednesday. 
EA offered “Dead Space 3” and “Battlefield 3” in their Humble Bundle.

This is the most money any Humble Bundle has ever earned.

All of the money earned from this promotion was distributed between charities including the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross and the Human Rights Campaign. A small portion of the proceeds go towards the Humble Bundle team.

EA did not take any cut of the money, instead choosing to give all the money earned to their chosen charities.

Microsoft Points being phased out in favor of local currency

Microsoft began rolling out an update to remove their proprietary points system in favor of local currency on Xbox Live this week, reported Polygon.
The global update would be gradual, according to a Microsoft representative, but has already been implemented in the United States.

Any MS points that players had will be converted into their local currency, and any currency that comes from this conversion will expire on June 1, 2015.