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Nintendo Announces 2DS

Nintendo unveils a new addition to the 3DS family.

Nintendo have today released details of a new console in the 3DS family.  The newly named ‘Nintendo 2DS’ is being positioned as a ‘value’ version of the 3DS.  It comes without the 3D capabilities of it’s older brothers, hence the name, and dispenses with the clamshell design as well, instead being a one piece unit with both screens on the front and the buttons up at the top of the unit.

The 2DS will play the full range of 3DS titles, both physical and download, and is due out on October 12th at a price of $129.99.  It’s an interesting move by Nintendo, and personally, I think the console looks a little bit on the ugly side, but a budget model 3DS can surely only help the 3DS increase its user base.

You can check out the launch trailer below: –

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4 comments

  1. This is causing a stir on the ‘nets. I think it could be a very smart move by Nintendo. Releasing a budget 3DS SKU just in time for Christmas. It’s not pretty, but I think kids will love the look. It could do very well for them.

  2. I think you’re spot on about the youth factor here Mike.

    This was a great move to get a ‘new’ Nintendo system out there on the shelves in time for the Holidays. It could only help them to cement their space as the handheld leader and at $129 it makes the Vita even less attractive to gift-buyers.

    I barely ever use the 3D aspect of the 3DS as it is, so this’d even make sense for someone like me. I don’t think I’d go for it now, since I already have the earlier model, but if I didn’t I might grab one.

  3. as someone that doesn’t own a 3DS, I have to ask, is the 3D aspect of it necessary for any of the games, if not I’m definitely getting it.

  4. Not that I’ve found.

    It’s kind of a neat ‘plus’ for some, but I think the only game that requires it in any way is Super Mario 3D Land and it’s not even really necessary for that.

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