Like a 3DS but without the 3D effect or clamshell design.
In a move that seems more typically of an April 1st announcement, Nintendo has introduced the 2DS, "an entry-level dedicated portable gaming system that plays all Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games in 2D, launches on Oct. 12, the same day as Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. "
The 2DS drops the 3DS's clamshell design, the first Nintendo portable to bear such an unyielding design since the GBA Micro. Likewise, the 2DS drops the 3DS's optional, passive 3D. While the 3D effect is considered one of the best mainstream uses of passive 3D, it still requires the user to maintain a level eye line and is often just turned off as a result. Based on current pricing, the 2DS's $129.99 price checks in at $40 cheaper than a normal 3DS.
From Nintendo," The newest member of the Nintendo 3DS family is designed specifically for anyone looking for a more affordable entry point into the world of Nintendo hand-held video games. Nintendo 2DS will be available in Red or Blue on Oct. 12 at a suggested retail price of $129.99.
"Nintendo 2DS plays the entire library of packaged and downloadable games for Nintendo 3DS only in 2D. The system features a distinctive fixed, slate-type form factor, and optional carrying cases will be available in Red or Blue at launch at a suggested retail price of $12.99. Nintendo 2DS maintains many of the same hardware features as Nintendo 3DS: dual screens, game-play controls and touch-screen features. The system also has backward compatibility with the existing library of more than 2,000 Nintendo DS games, as well as access to wireless connectivity features like multiplayer online game play, fun Nintendo Video content and great digitally delivered games in the Nintendo eShop. To view a video of Nintendo 2DS, visit http://youtu.be/sAExBTWIp3M.
"People eager to test drive the new system will have the chance beginning in October, when Nintendo 2DS joins a sampling tour in conjunction with Simon Malls that visits several different markets before it wraps up on Nov. 3. For more information about the tour, visit http://www.nintendo.com."
Author: Brian Hoss