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This is not a joke, nor is it a typographical error. Nintendo has announced a new handheld that strips the 3D out of its popular 3DS device. The Nintendo 2DS is a real thing, and the form factor is different than its brethren.
The 2DS is a slate-like device that doesn't fold. The target of the lower price point device are youths, and the 2DS is described as an "entry-level" portable.
It will retail for $129.99 and come in red and blue. It will be available on October 12, 2013, which is the same day as Pokémon X and Y. It will play all DS and 3DS titles.
Our TakeThe form factor on the 2DS is very odd. My children both have Nintendo portables, and I love that they can fold up to protect the screens. These will be harder to care for, and the screens will likely suffer more damage faster without the benefit of a clamshell.
There's a market for a device without the 3D function (which can be fully turned off on the 3DS) at a lower price point, but the design on this seems off. The release timing (alongside Pokémon) is masterful, but not being able to easily transport it might make the 2DS stumble at the cash register.
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If I didn't have a 3DS XL already, I'd pick this up. As goofy as it looks, I rarely use 3D. I also never put it in my pocket so the hinge isn't an issue for me. Plus, the XL is a little large for my pocket anyways. Good price though.
It's a cheap alternative. Makes sense for those who don't want to shell out the extra dough for things called "luxuries". Of which all gaming is, by the way. A luxury.
I wish it was what i thought it was, a comedy parody on youtube
(Sigh) Well... I least potental consumers have more options...
It looks too big, although the price range is great. But seriously, what's with the naming. Generally companies try to make their consoles sound better. The PS2 became the PS3, and then the PS4. Nintendo decided to go from 3DS to 2DS. It's a step in the wrong direction, name-wise.
I wish it would fold like those Phones were the second screen would hide below the first, looks good cheap for families that have it hard, but it also looks more fragile
If I hadnt one I would get one for Zelda Oracle of Ages Season combo and also for the Link to Past2 (and 1)
So i saw this on youtube about a day or two ago and i thought it was just a parody video.
Seems like not having a device that can fold is a huge step backwards in terms of Nintendo's handheld design. It seems like Nintendo could have made some sort of parental control on the 3DS that would have rendered the 3D adjustment useless, effectively creating a 2DS without going through the development and redesigning. That being said, I'm sure the lower price point will be attractive to parents looking to get a handheld for their youngins
This is very odd...
Ok, I just saw the 2ds unboxing on youtube and it's not that bad. Definitely smaller than I imagined so the size is not as bulky as I pictured. It's actually pretty cool that Nintendo made an entry-level so affordable. I will be getting one for my daughter, who is the youngest of three. She will now be able to (affordably :)) game with the rest of the family!
@Thebabywhokeepscreatingfakeaccounts: Don't you get tired of being immature. Sure it's one thing to be goofy but what you do is not even remotely funny. You have a common theme with each "character" you create and its always some dumb line like, "because I said so", or "you're a fool". You aren't even creative enough to make your fake accounts dynamic, they are always the same boring song and dance. Try harder then maybe you'll make somebody besides yourself laugh. So far you are just seen as a sad nuisance.
It seems that people have a hard time comprehending the fact the the 3D affect on the 3DS is OPTIONAL. I've had to explain this to several people and they still don't want to get the 3DS because the 3D can damage your eyes. Nintendo must have made this model for those people. But if I had the choice I'd much rather pay the extra $70 for a 3DSXL.
It sounds like a good idea at first but then again... it sounds like a lame joke. I don't think Nintendo thought this whole thing through properly.
When I saw this, I couldn't stop giggling. WHAT IS THIS THING? IT PLAYS 3D GAMES IN 2D? Why would you be proud of that, you silly machine...
I feel insulted that this is targeted to 5-9 year olds. I'm 21 and have been holding out for a 3ds price drop for 2 years, this is like a sign from god!
"Last night, I dreamed of a new Nintendo DS."
Not impressed by this "cheaper" price. Should be a $90 value.