Nintendo 2DS launching October 12

New entry-level portable gaming system coming to United States and Europe alongside Pokemon X and Y this fall for $130.

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Nintendo today announced an all-new piece of hardware: the Nintendo 2DS. The entry-level handheld will launch on October 12 alongside Pokemon X and Y for $130.

The 3DS currently retails for $170.

The Nintendo 2DS will play all Nintendo 3DS games and is backwards compatible with Nintendo DS titles. It will be available in two versions: black with blue trim and black with red trim.

The form factor of the Nintendo 2DS is completely different than the 3DS. The new model is not hinged. And though it features two screens (of identical size to the 3DS), it bears a more tablet, slate style.

The Nintendo 2DS features two cameras with which users can snap photos or record video. Users can't play back this content in 3D on their systems, but can insert their SD card into a 3DS to view their content in 3D.

Just because Nintendo is releasing a non-3D handheld, it does not mean the company is distancing itself from 3D altogether, as the 3DS will remain on sale. Instead, the 2DS is aimed at attracting more consumers overall through its lower price point, according to Nintendo marketing executive Scott Moffitt.

"It doesn't mean that we are not committed at all to 3D and that we don't think that's a really valuable, unique eye-popping feature for a lot of gamers," Moffitt told GameSpot. "We just wanted to continue growing the installed base and needed to find a way to get to a price point that was more accessible for a broad swath of consumers."

"As we surveyed the marketplace, it seemed to us that there was an opportunity for something at that lower, entry level price point," he added.

Nintendo will also release a carrying sleeve for the 2DS. For more on the 2DS, check out GameSpot's hands-on impressions of the device.

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Evilluc
Evilluc

People this is not targeted to you.Its for kids under 7 or don't wanna spend 170 dollars and disable 3d function.

Xenro4
Xenro4

@Evilluc I don't think this is just for kids. They needed an entry-level handheld and this is their best bet for dirt cheap. I'd rather get this than a 3ds because I'm not rich and don't care for 3D. The only thing bad about it is the screen size and not having a hinge, but it's not a deal breaker. I'll be waiting for the 2ds XL.

jhpeter
jhpeter

The blue pouch is cool.

digitaltiger
digitaltiger

I saw a picture of a white 2ds on kotaku.com and it looks much better in white, but in black it looks terrible. Hay Nintendo you guys need to release the 2ds in white and not in black.

Supabul
Supabul

Ah God, this thing doesn't need 3D to damage my eyes

megakick
megakick

It is a waste. Why change the clamshell? Why make it big like a tablet but not a tablet? Could have made it a tablet and make controller attachments $$$

digitaltiger
digitaltiger

I think Nintendo should of just taken out the 3d and left the rest alone. I don't like/use the 3d but had to buy a 3ds if I wanted to play the new ds games. I like the reason for the 2ds but it does look ugly and Nintendo should be ashamed of the way it looks.

pip3dream
pip3dream

I'm really confused by this - can someone explain to me what the point of this is?  I work in marketing and design, and one of the things we're taught is that you don't want to artificially dilute your brand, or give the consumer too many confusing choices.  I don't own any Nintendo Portable products past the Game Boy (which was AWESOME), and looking at nintendos current lineup, i find it very confusing.  As far as i can tell, there is 5 or 6 nintendo portables that are all the same portable??

TruthTellers
TruthTellers

Yawn... lemme know when Nintendo comes out with the 4DS, that way I can play all the games I want on it and go back in time before I bought them and keep my money.


I like this new product idea by Nintendo; the 3DS' 3D function doesn't really add much to the portable and the 3D fad is swiftly wearing out. The price for this 2DS great; It's awfully hard to beat $130 plus tax. The only facet of this 2DS that I'd be weary about is the tablet style design. This design essentially makes the 2DS a cumbersome device that can't be easily transported on one's person, which is counter-productive. If it was 2001 and gamers had the choice between a GBA or a GBA SP, 99.9% would have chosen the SP because it folds... and it had that sweet, sweet backlight.

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

Still waitin' on that 3ds with the second thumbstick Nintendy.

KillaShinobi
KillaShinobi

@ZeroX91 It's called "we made a $20 circle pad pro go buy GO BUY NAO" in other words Nintendo says "you mad" and I think most of us would be if the second thumb stick was actually necessary and it isn't.

SathMan
SathMan

Honestly my kids will love it because they are 7 and 9. We have not let them play the 3DS because the 3D feature is not good for their eyes.

Yeah I know...I know, the feature can be turned off but I am not watching my kids while they are playing the 3DS and those out there with kids know kids cannot resist switching it on. 


RadView
RadView

@SathMan 

If you are worried about their eyes then any lit up device placed inches away from their eyes is not good for them.  Any further away and you are just straining your childs eyes.  3D hasn't been proven to be bad for anyone it may just cause headaches/fatigue/dizziness etc. but so does playing for hours straight on any lit up device/tv/monitor big or small where your eyes are focused on. 

UltraredM
UltraredM

This and the invention of the "pro" controller (despite how few games support the pro controller) are good decisions by Nintendo.  They definitely appeal to fans such as myself who aren't interested in gimmicks such as 3D and motion control. Will probably pick this up with Pokemon Y.

zzamaro
zzamaro

Now that I think about it, such a shame fanboys think this is good for Nintendo. They just downgraded a system. That lost feature was actually the main reason the 3DS was created. Not it's juat a DS with an analog.

Can you imagine what will they downgrade in the future?


leeko_link
leeko_link

@zzamaro This was made for the kids, not the core player. If you already got a 3DS then you had nothing to complain about. Nintendo made this for the kids just like how they made the 3DS XL for  ppl with large hands. They are just making more of the same handheld for a different audience. It's not suppose to be an upgrade.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@zzamaro 

Not really, the 3D used to be the main selling point but everyone who picked up a 3DS quickly realized that that was hardly the best and most revolutionary feature, that goes to Streetpass. Now if the 2DS didn't have StreetPass, then that'd be a serious downgrade. Losing the 3D hardly affects gameplay. At the worst, you can't see the depth that the game was trying to achieve with the 3D, not really a game breaker. 

This is good for Nintendo because it basically gives consumers another option to choose from and I don't recall when giving options was ever a bad thing. 

Necro_Fear89
Necro_Fear89

Why not name it DS2? 2DS sounds like it regressed rather than progressed.

jcr8
jcr8

Aw look at those big smiles on those people in nintendo's ad. Look how happy they are, playing with their shitty little console that's barely any better than an old gameboy color..

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@jcr8 

Yet it's the fastest selling console of all time and has been almost getting flooded with amazing games from both retail and eShop. 

Sorry you can't recognize quality and are just wowed pretty pictures.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

Should be $99.99 then drop in price next year to 79.99  that is the only way I see this selling.  My Kid has a 3ds XL I paid 159.99 for it last Black Friday. 

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

The 2DS will help Nintendo get through the difficult worldwide economic times. Since the company is now completely almost relying on handheld gaming systems. Releasing a cheaper handleld version of Nintendo DS which can play 3DS games without the 3D effect. Which never really did catch on. Even if Nintendo managed to do it without 3D glasses. Selling this will help Nintendo make money at $130.00. 

Eezyville
Eezyville

AND IT STILL HAS 1 FRIGGIN JOYSTICK!!!!!!!

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Eezyville 

Tell me, what do you think would happen if Nintendo included a 2nd circle pad? How do you think all the consumers who purchased the original models would feel, especially if developers start utilizing the dual analog feature in their games? 

BLaverock
BLaverock

I like it, and will probably get it. Nintendo may have played a good card--the release of the 2DS may just through a very small wrench in Sony's release plan ...

gamestoreguy
gamestoreguy

And in a stunning show of support for their 3-D hand held gaming device Nintendo shows a new system with a higher resolution display, wider field of view and dramatically lessened eye strain!  Oh wait, they did none of that...well maybe the last bit...