Nintendo Introduces 2D Version Of Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo announced today that its new entry-level handheld, the 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 and Nintendo eShop.

Currently, Nintendo 3DS retails for $169.99 and 3DS XL retails for $199.99. During 3DS's first year in market, Nintendo was adamant that the handheld's third dimension was a key feature that would drive unique gameplay mechanics. Looks like the company has finally given up on that.

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so........ looks like the 3d gimmick is getting on.

so........ looks like the 3d gimmick is starting go sour even when you don't need glasses for a hand held! good, since it gives me headaches and fucking eye strains when playing for 4+ hours. All we need is for 4k to be dead or left where surround 19.1 or what ever they managed to add to it when the rest of us are happy with 5.1 as standard. These guys keep trying to add more and more to whatever they do. It may be one of those human greed thing, and all they're doing is wasting planet resources while they hold any progression in other areas. Just look at intel's so called roadmap; we'll sell you a inferior shit today, even though we already made breakthrough and new processor, we will sell you this new shit 6 month later and we'd like you to but the new shit and pay again. It guarantees them jobs only, people have realised only now, and sales are declining - good. Always hated when they spend the same time making a good processor and a shit processor. just to make a tier market. fucking capitalism. thank the Lord for recession, it exposed some horrific going ons, and some people will sell their mother for cash!

not foldable=more robust

I think the main market is for kids, my 5 and 3 year old daughters really messed up the DS, mostly because of the hinge, repaired it once now its still working but the hinges are broken again.. And if your fearful of the 3d, that's another selling point.

Point taken

Huh, that is a point. I suppose taking away the hinges WOULD be good for younger audiences. While this would be seen as a terrible design choice for the older fan, it could be a dream come true for the parents of younger children. Maybe this actually isn't as bad a design choice as I first thought, at least for the younger gamers. Also, just a tip, but have you heard about the DS Nerf Armor? My own DS got detached from the hinges at one point in the past, but securing it in the Armor has kept that from happening again. It also makes the handheld more durable to wear and tear. They're really handy, especially in the hands of little ones. :-)

This is...unnecessary

I've always heard that you can turn off the 3D on a 3DS (don't have one myself yet ARGH), so why get this? Sure, it's cheaper that a 3DS, but where are the hinges? It might have a case, but that looks a whole lot clunkier and awkward than the 3DS. And games are no fun with a scratched up screen...Overall, I think the design choice of this thing is terrible. Why not just release an upgraded DS/DSi that can play 3DS games, sans 3D...? I think that'd be better, but that's just me. Honestly, though, HINGES. Why take them away?! That's a fluke, Nintendo!

what?

why would anyone want this? Why would anyone want to play 3d games without the stereo 3d? the 3ds already has a slider that goes to 2d. Even so, I have a 3ds, and 3d always looks much clearer, with actual depth. I never turn off the 3d. That's just rediculous. I loved stereoscopic 3d games so much, I bought a 3d vision monitor for my pc. It's so badass, I could never go back. what a waste of resources nintendo.. good lord.

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