Hey Look, It’s The New Nintendo…2DS?
What is up with everyone lately and backtracking on console and handheld numbering? I mean, Xbox One still technically doesn’t fall under this banner, purely because the console follow no real numbering structure, but now Nintendo has to go an mess everything up again with the 2DS. That’s right, it’s not a typo, Nintendo really is releasing a scaled down version of their popular 3DS handheld.
Dubbed the 2DS and shaped like a thin slice of cake, this new handheld that is apparently marketed a “players younger than 7” is all the 3DS goodness minus the actual 3D element. The new handheld will play all Nintendo DS and 3DS titles, just in 2D, with the dual screens being swapped out for one large one separated by a think piece of plastic. There are still touch controls, Wi-Fi and a camera (that funnily still takes 3D pictures), there’s just no 3D.
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Oh, you also can’t close the damn thing because, well just look at it.
Nintendo made the surprise announcement of the device yesterday, revealing that it would launch on the same day as Pokémon X and Y on October 12th in the USA, and several regions in Europe. The device will retail for less than a 3DS, coming in at $129.99. Expect local pricing to be a bit more inflated than a direct conversion. That is, if you’re actually considering one of these.
Because that’s the really the puzzling part. I know Nintendo is market to near infants at this point, but with next-gen on the horizon and Sony slashing the price on the PS Vita, this just doesn’t make much sense. Unless Nintendo knows that it’s child populated market is enough to justify production costs. But taking into account their more recent business decisions, I’ll gladly stay as sceptical as I am right now.
That said, who wants to take a crack at coming up with a better name for this thing? Shouldn’t be that hard.