The lights are on
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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wait, what? what. waht. wat. WHAT.
The design is fine. Its brilliant. Its for kids
That thing is a mess. I almost always play my 3DS with the screen slightly cocked up, it is more comfortable to hold and to gaze upon. Mike also makes a great point about the screens, not having the clam shell design to help protect the screen will suck a bit. I suppose they could make a soft cover, like they did for the original PSP. I just can't see their target audience, kids, will remember to put the cover back on every time.
That thing looks like a tombstone...
You commenters dont get it. 130. Thats it
Wait, what? This is so confusing. Why would anybody want a 3DS then if you can...uggh just wow.
This looks like something a spoof website would come out with to make fun of Nintendo... honestly it may make a veeery little bit of sense, but the fact that they removed the flip design makes it terrible imo.
I get that it looks silly, and may be unwieldy and less portable, but concerns for scratches and handling don't stop little kids from enjoying and using tablets all the time (and they are quite a bit more $). And a case for $13 is not that bad considering that an iPad case that covers the screen costs at least that for a third party or no-name brand. I could see this working out - if it is balanced in your hands, why not?
My main question is why didn't they announce this at gamescom?
I don't see why they couldn't just release a new model of regular-sized 3DS while trimming off the 3D and other functions like the AR games. If this does fail commercially, I could see it becoming an off-beat collectible down the road.