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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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now were gonna see which one sells better, and thatll help show how much of the community is really compelled by 3d or not.
I was gonna get my 7 & 8 year olds a 3 ds xl (the bigger screen i thinkmis better forntheir eyes). But that price is hard to ignore. Despite its odd design. I just may consider this. They can live without 3d I guess
I just cant see the need for something like this.
A better idea would be a device that allows you to play 3ds and ds games on your WiiU.
That would provide a similar effect and boost WiiU sales.
It will be better if they just lower the price on the 3ds (dont need, since still selling) I don’t see the point or justification on this 2DS thing..... Also for $30.00 more dollars you can get a 3DS that will be able to play games on "3D".....
I don't understand this.
I am totally in favor of this and it will make getting all the awesome 3ds games less expensive since I don't have a 3ds. The fact that it doesn't fold is the only thing wrong with it, but I can't care less about that.
Yeah, I don't see this ending well. It's like a solution in search of a problem, y'know? And even worse, the "solution" creates problems of its own.
The design is a little wacky, but not owning a 3ds, this cheaper price point draws some attention. not to mention I'm no big fan of the 3D feature any way. Ultimately, I think releasing a 2D version is a pretty smart move on Nintendo's part, seeing as they still to date have the best portable gaming.
This mofo hit every branch coming down the ugly tree.
Come on Nintendo really?
um..so its basicly just a non-folding 3ds for children? seems little silly cus my nephew has a 3ds and likes it better then this thing. I"ll just keep my 3ds thank you
I'm not buying it. To me it seems like a money pit. I think the 3Ds are better for younger players because of it's folding ability. Just think, cracked scenes. Taking the 3D off is dumb, because it's already adjustable on the 3Ds. With this in mind, that was a dumb move by Nintendo.
I actually thought this was a joke when I first saw it, what a hideous device. But now that I thought about it, for kids it definitely makes sense. Fewer moving parts.
Well, it does look more comfortable.