Nintendo announced the Nintendo 2DS, a new entry-level hand-held gaming device.
The first thing to notice about the newest member of the 3Ds family of consoles is its price. The 2DS goes on sale in North America on October 12th at $129.99. It’s also notable that it goes on sale the same day as the much-anticipated Pokemon X & Y. It will retail at £109.99 in the UK.
The 2DS is a 3DS minus the 3D ability, it can play all titles released for the Nintendo 3DS and some for Nintendo DS. It still features all the functionality of 3DS (WiFi, local multiplayer, etc.) and you can put it to sleep using a slider that replicates closing the clamshell on a standard 3DS. You can also turn off WiFi, though it’s done via controls in the software rather than with a physical switch.
The 2DS will ship with a 4GB SD card, the same power source as the 3DS and DSi, six AR cards and the basic accessories of every 3DS. It has dual camera lenses on the back – so strangely, it’ll take stereoscopic photos, but you’ll need to transfer them to a 3DS to view them in full.
The announcement follows a price cut to the Wii U, which was slashed from $350 to $300 for the American market. TechCrunch calls the 2DS “hideous”, Wired calls it ” weird”, we are calling it “playful”, what are you calling it? Leave your answers in the comment section below.