Nintendo 2DS on sale for $99 at Target

Summer vacation deal lasts through Saturday

Nintendo 2DS is available for $99 at US retailer Target through Saturday, Nintendo announced Wednesday.

The deal is positioned as a wallet-friendly start to kids' summers. Nintendo 2DS exchanges the familiar clamshell form factor for a sturdier slab design and can play all 3DS games in 2D mode, making it ideal for young children.

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However, the less-than-$100 price tag means the system is also a good deal for portable gamers who don't mind eschewing 3DS' titular 3D vision or mind hearing their games through a mono speaker (or playing in stereo with headphones).

Nintendo released a 3DS system update on Wednesday which allows users to assign an email address to their system's parental controls functions. It also adds improvements to overall system stability.

Last week Nintendo reported a net loss for the financial year ended in March 2014 following weaker than expected Wii U and 3DS sales.

Shortly after, it announced a new near field communication platform for Wii U and 3DS called Nintendo Figurine Platform.

Nintendo will reveal a number of NFP compatible games at E3 in June, and plans to release character figurines with built-in NFC functionality beginning this Christmas season. NFP will be compatible with Wii U software from the end of 2014, and with 3DS titles from next year.

The platform holder also hopes to boost 3DS sales with the release of newly announced Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire remakes, which will launch worldwide in November 2014.