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Nintendo's 2DS handheld ditches the 3D functionality of the 3DS as well as its folding design. One of the benefits of those decisions is that the system costs less than its sibling – $130 versus $160. Someone's taken one of the new devices apart, confirming another way Nintendo was able to shave some of those bucks off the price.
USgamer reported that the 2DS was built around a single LCD panel instead of the 3DS' two individual displays, and a Facebook post by Rose Colored Gaming confirms it. The device's plastic front bezel completes the illusion that you're looking at two screens, while it's actually one larger panel.
[Source: Rose Colored Gaming via Polygon]
Our TakeThis isn't a bombshell discovery by any means, but it's an interesting example of how companies find ways to streamline production and cut costs. It's a pretty clever solution, actually.
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well i guess that explains why ppl thought it was just a cheap strip of pastic er whatever when it was initally showed off .
That's kind of freaky. But it is a genius way to save money.
We knew this the day it was revealed...:P
I guess this is why you can't fold it =P
Saw this yesterday at Kotaku. But then, we knew about it from the announcement of the thing. Still, always fascinating to see the innards of these things.
I saw this around the time when the thing was announced. I never thought about how it would save so much money, but I guess they wouldn't have done it if it weren't the case.
I think most of us already believed this because of it not being able to be folded.
The device should be 99$ tops. 30$ less than a normal 3ds is not a low enough price disparity imo the 2ds is vastly inferior to the normal models/XL