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Nintendo Announce 2DS Handheld Console

Matt Gardner
2DS, 3DS, 3DS Games, Nintendo, Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo have announced a new version of the 3DS. It'll play all of the games designed for the 3DS, but in 2D.

In a shocking blitz of inspiration, they've gone and called it the 2DS. 

The Nintendo 2DS, though part of the 3DS family of consoles, is apparently geared specifically towards those looking for a slightly more affordable entry point into the 3DS' now extensive, and excellent, gaming catalogue.

The Nintendo 2DS will go on sale on October 12th, the same day Pokémon X and Y comes out. It'll come in red and blue colours, and it'll cost $129.99. We're not entirely sure how much that'll be over here as Nintendo of Europe don't set the prices themselves, but if the usual rubbish exchange rate applies, it won't actually mean that much of a saving given that you can pick up a standard 3DS for £130-140.

Interestingly, although the 2DS can do everything that the 3DS can do (apart from 3D, obviously), the design has changed completely. Instead of a nice portable clam-shell design, Nintendo have opted for something that looks like a door stop crossed with a Wii U GamePad.

You'll be able to buy a carry-case for this aesthetic monstrosity, but it'll cost you an extra $12.99.

“Imagine a standard 3DS laid all the way flat, and with the depth slider all the way down,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime explained to IGN. “Everything else is there in the system.”

“We’re always thinking about what we can do that’s new, unique, different, and brings more people into this category that we love,. And so with the Nintendo 3DS, we were clear to parents that, ‘hey, we recommend that your children be seven and older to utilize this device.’ So clearly that creates an opportunity for five-year-olds, six-year-olds, that first-time handheld gaming consumer.

"We’ve always been thinking about, 'how do we approach that as one target?' And that certainly helped spur the idea of the Nintendo 2DS. Let’s have the consumer have access to all of these great games – Mario Kart 7, Animal Crossing – but do it in a 2D capability with a device that has a dramatically lower price point. That’s just an example of how we’re always thinking about, ‘how do we get more people playing games? How do we get more people playing Nintendo games?’”

To be honest, all of that sounds great. And then you look at it and wonder why. Why, Nintendo, would you make your portable console with a host of super awesome StreetPass games less portable? Why would you design a console with the ergonomic potential of a wedge of cheese?

For the kids, apparently.

Add a comment10 comments
tpryan  Aug. 28, 2013 at 17:15

A 2D version of the 3DS is a great idea, as a lot of people use it in 2D mode most of the time. But... WHY make a portable console such a stupid shape? They've a) Reduced its portability, and b) Made it an odd shape in general.

Who plays their 3DS in totally open mode? Not too many I reckon. What a weird design choice by Nintendo. Another sign that they're becoming out of touch in the hardware world?

Breadster  Aug. 28, 2013 at 17:25

Looks awful. A 3DS that can't be folded and can't display 3D for only a slightly lower price? I do not see the point in it at all.

Tsung  Aug. 28, 2013 at 19:25

/me checks date... Mmmmm it's not April 1st ? /me double checks he's got it right.. Strange..

Seriously Nintendo what are you thinking?? I'm thinking a clam shell makes a lot of sense once a child finishes playing with the device they can close it, and the screens are protected. Nintendo are thinking that's too difficult for a child? or maybe they have designed this so there a reasonable chance of breakage?

Lets not talk about the advert, it's just plain creepy. The actors whilst using it, look like they just been corrected on "the Smiler". Do adults really sit at a table with a fixed grin not talking to each other?. What about that guy and the kid? fixed grins, no reactions or emotion whatsoever.

Scary stuff... /me checks date again..

Realhoneyman  Aug. 28, 2013 at 19:31

I can understand Nintendo redesigning the 3DS to try and capture a part of the handheld market that is perhaps out of their reach due to correct health warnings for younger gamers. The cheaper price point can't hurt either.

However, ergonomically the 2DS looks so unwieldy for portable play. Having a carry case might help but I wonder how tolerant young children will be of owning a 2DS (and whether they will be bullied at school for owning the 'inferior' model of Nintendo's most recent handheld).

Still, you'll always know where your Nintendo handheld is. Just check if the door's open or not :P

martinjp  Aug. 28, 2013 at 19:40

I like it, big chunky thing for young kids who can't play in 3D, saves parents some money, and its not really any harder to carry around than a tablet. Clear distinction between this as a budget option and 3DS as a premium option, as long as they don't go over £99.

DesG  Aug. 28, 2013 at 20:18

I have a perfectly good 2d DSi how about releasing the new games for that?

dandoc2  Aug. 29, 2013 at 04:48

I never bought a 3DS because I hated the 3d effect. The 3DS XL was a temptation but it's so big it's not really a portable but this, there's is something about it ! As someone who bought a GBA MICRO and loved it I can see this being the Micro of the DS history. Definitely a day one purchase for me even if just to play fire emblem and mario whilst at work ! I'd like to see it being held.

Could this be a change of direction for Ninty could we see an actual GBA sequel next gen ?

davidpanik  Aug. 29, 2013 at 09:21

I love that Nintendo are able to poke fun at themselves and carry out such effective self-satire!

Cause... this is a joke... right?

Late  Aug. 29, 2013 at 10:15

Really ugly, and seems pretty pointless to me (unless it's really cheap). If you want to play 3DS games in 2D there's already a machine that'll let you do that - the 3DS.

You know what else is good about the 3DS? You can fold it in half. It makes it so much more portable - and also keeps those screens protected.

Looks uncomfortable to hold, too - though it's impossible to say without trying it. I don't like how the controls are alongside the top screen. Had to be done, otherwise you couldn't reach the shoulder buttons (which are now at the top) but it means you're holding the top half of the machine instead of the bottom half. And the bottom half is always the heavier half. (I doubt that's changed, judging by the wedge shape.)
And with the face buttons being on the top and the touchscreen being at the bottom it's not going to be as fluid switching from one input method to the other.

All in all:
Urgh. No.
Burn it.

EDIT - just realised the wedge is the other way round to what I'd initially thought, so the top half is thicker than the bottom half. The top half might actually be heavier than the bottom, then.

Last edited by Late, Aug. 29, 2013 at 10:17
googleberry  Aug. 29, 2013 at 11:39

Sales figures will be the ultimate judge

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