Nintendo has launched the Nintendo 2DS, a flat handheld console that plays 3DS games in 2D.
Launching on October 12, just in time for the Pokemon X and Pokemon Y release date, the Nintendo 2DS will retail for $129.99 (£84), but we expect in the UK it will be around £100.
Capable of playing all the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games without the 3D effect, the Nintendo 2DS still has the dual touchscreens, gameplay controls and Wi-Fi connectivity.
However, it’s all presented in a rather odd looking fixed-form tablet-like factor, which is shaped like a wedge door stop.
The Nintendo 2DS will come in blue or red, with matching carry cases available for $12.99 (approx. £10 in the UK). Seeing as the 2DS lacks the clam shell of any of the DS consoles, we’d advise getting one of those just to protect the dual screens.
“Nintendo 2DS is the perfect place to jump in on all the fun Nintendo handheld gaming has to offer”, states the official Nintendo introduction included below.
Using the Nintendo 2DS, gamers can access the Nintendo eShop and Nintendo Video store.
“Nintendo has one of the strongest and most diverse video game lineups in history,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Chief of Nintendo America. “Today we’re making those unique Nintendo experiences more accessible and affordable. However, you play and whatever you play, Nintendo has you covered.”
Nintendo also announced that it will be offering a $50 price cut on the 32GB Deluxe version of the Nintendo Wii U starting from September 20.
This price cut comes just in time for the Wii U to attempt to compete with the PS4 and Xbox One release dates in November.
The Wii U will also be aided by the launch of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and Super Mario 3D World around the same time. Assassin’s Creed 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts will also be released for the Wii U.
“It’s going to be these launches that are going to drive the [Wii U] business forward and we’re certainly going to do a lot of marketing activity behind the price decline,” added Fils-Aime.
Next read why the Wii U is Nintendo’s Dreamcast.