Nintendo Announces Nintendo 2DS, A Budget 3DS That Only Plays Games In 2D

By Spencer . August 28, 2013 . 8:29am

2dsNintendo announced a revised version of the Nintendo 3DS called Nintendo 2DS. This is a cheaper version of the Nintendo 3DS that plays 3DS games, but only in 2D.

 

The Nintendo 2DS will launch on October 12, the same day as Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, for $129.99. A regular Nintendo 3DS costs $169.99 and the 3DS XL retails for $199.99.

 

 

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  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Tha tlooks atrocious design wise, but at least its lower price. Odd move considering 3DS is selling tons of unites. Will this be the hyper boost like the DSLite was?

    • British_Otaku

      The 3DS XL is the 3DS’s “DS Lite”.
      No reduced functionality.
      The layout minus the stylus is largely the same.
      Brighter screen.

  • Keytotruth

    That design is… horrible.

  • Milla

    sounds good to me havent bought a 3ds yet but did buy 2 games i wanted lol.

    • abysswalker

      I have done that thing too (buy games beforehand just to have them when the console arrives because later you won’t find them) but if you have waited 2 releases of the 3DS, I’d suggest you wait for the next revision

      Edit: well 3 releases now :)

  • School Idol Addict

    This seem so uncomfortable to play with and is it just me, but it seem to only have 1 speaker ?

  • Cazar

    Seriously Nintendo it’s not that hard to figure out. If you’re gonna put out a new model we just want one that:
    - Is region free
    - Has a second analog stick
    - Doesn’t use friend codes.

    This thing is incredibly ugly and unpractical. I can only imagine that a desperate person would want to buy this only due to the lower price.

    • Sardorim

      Speaking of second analog… Is this compatible with the Circle Pad Pro for the standard 3DS?

      • http://linkapics.tumblr.com/ Linka

        Considering it lacks the clampshell design, I’d say that’s a no.

      • Isaac Newton
        • ronin4life

          Ridiculous…
          That saw is much too big. And probably not made to go through plastic.
          Now, a Mini Chainsaw…

        • Wake

          Don’t forget this.

          • neocatzon

            contingency plan?

          • Wake

            Heh. Just something to put over the 2DS just because it’s so ugly.

    • linkenski

      2 of your wishes can be fulfilled with the current models as well. All it requires is a soft-system update. People in the hacking department have already started figuring out ways to bypass the region lock without modding the hardware.

      • Cazar

        Where are you getting that information from? Last I heard region locking was hardware integrated and impossible to soft hack.

        But yes anyway I’m aware that friend codes can be replaced with a system update, but they need to hurry the hell up with getting Miiverse on the 3DS.

        • Ferofax

          Firmware spoofing. I think that’s how they did it.

    • ronin4life

      -This is not a revision or upgrade, but a variation. And the fact that they just made another variation proves a second stick model will *Never* Happen. And why would it, when no game needs it and none coming will use it?
      -Once Nintendo finishes fixing their EU market then maybe Region free will be considered.
      -The 3ds Friend code system is no more complicated than any other online gaming friend set-up.

      • Cazar

        - It’s an extraordinarly unpractical variation with very little market appeal as far as I can see. Also if the second analog stick is so unimportant then why did they release an additional accessory purely for that purpose? The touch screen is not a good alternative for secondary analog stick control. It’s incredibly uncomfortable and makes the right side buttons all the less easily accessible. It also limits the potential of what can really be done with the touch screen when you’re basically just turning it into an analog stick.
        - Doesn’t matter if they consider it tomorrow morning if they’re going to launch all of their 3DS models region locked beforehand. Although I don’t think anything has been confirmed about this model regarding the region lock yet, but based on their recent attitude towards the subject I think it’s safe to assume that this will be region locked as well.
        -I’m sorry, but this is blatant denial. Account based online is astronomically better than friend codes. Primarily because A) You can’t receive friend invites, both parties have to register each other before they can even be seen and B) You are tethered to one system; among with a multitude of other disadvantages such as no online profiles etc.. It’s almost 2014 now. Friend codes need to die already.

        • kylehyde

          I can count with my the fingers of my hand the number of games that uses the second circle pad pro and still have fingers left.

          I agree that from the very beginning nintendo should put a second analog on the 3DS, however at this moment that would not be convenient, it will only cause to split the userbase and the 3DS userbase would be very angry at this moment if this model has a second analog.

          • Cazar

            Obviously not on this model, but a second circle pad on a proper 3DS model would be nice. I want to play Monster Hunter with two analog sticks but I don’t want to buy that cumbersome peripheral. I doubt I’m alone on this and if it were integrated into the hardware I’m sure more games would begin to make use of it. But if people are going to get angry at Nintendo for making improvements to their hardware then that’s their own problem.

        • ronin4life

          On 2ds practicality from Reggie:
          “This is an entry-level handheld gaming system. We expect consumers to use it just the way they use a current 3DS and, really, from a target standpoint, this is designed for that entry-level gamer. For a family of four with two kids, when you’re looking at spending either $169.99 or $199.99 for two this holiday, now you’ve got a more affordable choice with Nintendo 2DS.”

          And Moffit on Accounts:
          “If you look at the account system, the network ID system that exists now on Wii U, that’s an effort for us to move beyond a device-centric approach to an account-centric approach. But we haven’t done it on the handheld side of the business at this point. We hear that feedback. We hear that criticism, or whatever you want to call it, from time to time. We’re not blind to it. But it’s not something we’ve solved.”

          Links:
          http://nintendoeverything.com/reggie-on-the-2ds-why-wii-u-is-getting-a-price-drop-basic-set-all-but-gone-more/

          http://nintendoeverything.com/nintendo-on-account-system-for-3ds-still-selling-ds-2ds-form-factor-still-focusing-on-3d-more/
          All I know about accounts is they have said the 3ds will be getting such a system, supposedly integrated with WiiUs… and what Moffit says in this interview. Which seem contradictory… Guess we will have to wait and see a little longer.

          • Cazar

            Yeah I understand what the demographic is, but really… they didn’t need to do away with the clamshell design and move the buttons up like that. They are just going to alienate potential buyers by degrading one of the key components of the DS line – it’s portability. The idea they had isn’t terrible, just the execution is.

            As for Miiverse on 3DS. Yeah that’s supposed to come eventually regardless of whether or not they put out new models. But it needs happen already. They need to perfect the main 3DS line before they start pumping out more sub-models.

    • Mar Mar

      Is this really designed by Nintendo?

      Super Nintendo looked much more prettier than this thin paper shredding device.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      friend code thing isnt bad you only need one other then that yeah I agree

    • InfectedAI

      The region lock and friend codes are software based, not hardware. The second analog stick isn’t going to happen for a variety of reasons. Would be cool though.

  • Chrystofax

    Man,at least try to make it comfortable to hold..

  • Byas

    This doesn’t really looks to be comfortable to handle… What the hell designers. But the “no 3D” part was expected to come sooner or later (at least I expected), as there are people that can’t see the 3D.

  • Isaac Newton

    Looks like an elongated Wii U gamepad.

  • CK

    Saw the title, couldn’t be happier. Saw the pictures, couldn’t be more disappointed.

    It is rare to get my emotions to swing so wildly in less than a minute.

  • Wake

    This came out of nowhere. Here’s a vid of the abomination in action…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAExBTWIp3M

    • linkenski

      Abomination really is the most fitting word even if you looked really hard for synonyms in a vocabulary. It’s the most fugly console I have EVER seen, and it’s a shame it’s Nintendo who’s making it. Where did their architecture designers from the Wii go to? Both the Wii and the DS Lite had excellent designs, but it’s really starting to go downhill lately.

  • Kari

    Nintendo Ds…

  • Dylan Neill

    Wat.

  • Sardorim

    I don’t even use my 3D feature all that much… Feels like I should have waited.

    Than again… The design on this thing looks so uncomfortable compared to the 3DS.

  • http://the-critical-hit.tumblr.com/ Musashi

    Just a horrible thing. D:

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Seems like it’s target demographic is the 7 and below age group, since the 3D is intended for 7 and above. I could see a little child holding this and not care about having stereo sound. How to get them to buy it, not really sure.

    • Isaac Newton

      Why don’t they just stick with original design. I mean kids don’t know how to use an NDS?

    • abysswalker

      I think maybe those little kids you speak of will get their parents to buy them one of these with Pokemon X/Y. But yeah it’s the only demographic I see this thing aimed at.

    • ronin4life

      It’s cheaper. That’s how.

    • Guest

      That’s fine, but they gave us the option to turn it off or on with the 3DS… How many people actually use the 3D when using the 3DS? Seems like a waste.

    • kylehyde

      parents

    • Brion Valkerion

      I think its a good alternative but at the same time kinda makes the point even more clear about how the 3D part of the 3DS has run its course. Only a handful of games wow with it, and most people seem to just play with it off in general.

    • Daru Titor

      They’re kids. They’ll probably beg for it as a xmas present.

  • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

    If this is region-free, I’d would buy this asap.
    Otherwise, wow…

  • Golion

    I seriously checked my calendar when I saw this. Can’t they just use a normal 3DS design.

    • Sardorim

      Well there are a lot of people that would be confused if they looked too similar. Still, that doesn’t justify how uncomfortable the 2DS design looks compared to the 3DS.

  • 하세요

    I guess with incoming Pokemon X / Y income you can certainly afford risks like this.

    As usual I won’t question your motives, Nintendo.

  • neetloaf

    The irony is this new 2DS design hurts my eyes more than the 3D effect ever could.

    • Sardorim

      I assume it may hurt the hands to play it with that set up it has going for the d-pad and stuff.

  • Demandred

    Haha, oh wow.

  • School Idol Addict

    Seeing the reaction everywhere about this, i guess this will become the new gameboy micro.

  • Christopher

    This seems like a complete waste of time. Seeing as the 3DS can limit the 3D as it is in the parental controls, I don’t think I see the point of this as it is only $40 less. Might as well pay the $40 and have the 3D option there if you ever want it.

    • linkenski

      Time? That’s not the issue. Think about all the manufacturing cost for something like this while they have another system that’s in trouble that is called a Wii U. They don’t need to throw money away at something with such a small target demographic.

  • Ban The Jackass

    Maji desuka?

  • Loptous

    I don’t even

  • MasterScrub

    This is gonna bomb worse than the Gameboy Micro.

    • British_Otaku

      It’s much earlier in the generation than the Micro (timed just after the DS) so this thing both has more of a chance AND we have a better chance of seeing it fail based on it’s own problems not being a less appealing by design, less capable version of an established platform and released after the next generation started (remove the last point for this one).

    • https://twitter.com/Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Project 2501

      Glad I’m not the only one who had flashbacks to the Game Boy Micro when this thing was announced.

      Realistically though it will probably do better than the Micro, since its target audience is little kids rather than… whoever the Micro was supposed to appeal to.

  • Sentsuizan_93

    The design seems….. questionable to put it lightly.
    But considering the audience is for under 7s due to the fact that the 3D is unsuitable for them, I guess its necessary. The design however… might not be a good idea though.

  • Strain42

    The concept of this thing sounds great. If I didn’t already own a 3DS, I’d happily pick this up.

    The problem is the design. I mean it can’t even fold in, right? and all the buttons and stuff are smushed up at the top?

    I don’t even think I have pockets that could hold that thing. And isn’t being able to put this in my pocket kinda the whole point of handheld gaming?

    • Judgephoenix

      I already have an issue getting the Vita into my pocket, but I just don’t understand Nes Logic they could have still made it Fold Style. >.> I am really starting to think Japan is out of touch with the world. Maybe they saw Flip phones going out of style and figure they do away with flip handhelds lol

  • Nas

    Since its launching along with Pokemon X/Y it could easily sell, since its targeted for children ages 7 and below.

    But the design…its just.. well you know.

  • linkenski

    I was hoping for a 3DS that has a screen-size somewhere in between an XL and a regular 3DS with the same pros of the 3DS’ better viewing angles, a fucking extra analog stick and be fucking region free. What the hell are you wasting your money on Nintendo?! For christs sake you need the extra money to manufacture Wii U’s that are barely selling or at least make the ultimate 3DS model… not. crap. like. this!

  • OneOkami

    Wait…so this isn’t a joke? Seriously, when I first saw somewhere else I brushed it off as a joke and didn’t bother reading into it.

    • komiko12

      You know.. when I saw your avatar, I wondered how you will play TWEWY with that.

  • linkenski

    This is the only console-unveiling where the first thing that sincerely struck me was “This is a joke, right?”. I get the idea of this one, but god the design isn’t the only problem. This thing ain’t gonna sell in the long run when it has such a limited audience.

  • Isaac Newton

    Expect 2DS XL in the future. LOL

    • ronin4life

      How big is it now?
      ?_.

  • SirRichard

    Someone linked me an image of this and I thought it was one of those render mock-ups people make, like the slide-up square one people made when the Vita was still “NGP”.

    And then I come to check here, and I see that it’s real, name and all.

  • linkenski

    And this raises another problem… Imagine you’re a parent, you’re looking in a games store thinking “my 6 year old kid needs one of those “DS’es” hmm. A DS, no that’s probably the old one, the 2DS… hm probably not, well 3DSes are everywhere and they say 3 and not 2. This is definitely the new one”

    • Isaac Newton

      That’s really the strategy!

    • neocatzon

      never though of that.. :o

    • http://amc9988.deviantart.com/ amc99

      The should call the system No3Ds or something..

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Tohsaka

      Don’t imagine being the parent. Imagine being the person in retail having to deal with that.

      Enjoy, if you work for GameStop.

  • Barrylocke89

    I can see people liking it if they dont need 2d, or want a cheaper system….but it doesn’t even fold on itself does it? It looks ugly and uncomfortable. Looks like the 3ds or xl is still for me.

  • zferolie

    That is the ugliest handheld system I have seen in a long time. Almost as bad as the Banana NGage!

  • DesmaX

    Wait, the buttons are up there!?

    Sheeit

    • Lusankya

      The Kotaku guy who played the 2DS said it was really nice to handle.
      That doesn’t make the system less ugly, though.

      • RazeXI

        Well it WAS from Kotaku…

    • neocatzon

      Considering the LR buttons that’s understandable. As long it’s fit to hand, it’s ok. Still ugly though.

  • Marcelo G

    I could *see* the point of this if it wasn’t 130 bucks. That’s cheaper than the normal 3DS, but not by much, thus it’s kind of pointless (let’s just say that, if someone has *no way* to afford a 170 dollars 3DS [and its games], then 40 dollars and washed out functions won’t change that).

  • KingGunblader

    Dear Nintendo, surely at this point you must be aware that parents are really confused by Wii / Wii U. And you’d like to carry that confusion over to the portable market with this 2DS?

    The above complaint takes a backseat to the fact that this thing is just plain fugly.

  • Eric Harris

    ew

  • http://people.ign.com/princerevolver Surgeon Of Death

    I already have a 3DS XL don’t plan on getting this, but it really irratates knowing the 2DS doesn’t close.

  • Dede Ogbe

    Can I ask an honest question? This is pretty much the same price as 3ds right? So what the hell is the point of it? Isn’t the whole point of this console being that its 3d and u cannot get it anywhere else? Take that away and its just an updated ds. I really dont see ppl taking to this when they could get the full experience for almost the same price. Its like a vita without the touchscreen or backtouch. Ur just removing essential elements of the experience. Give us a 3ds that can take gba carts and isnt region locked instead. That would sell

    • Odin

      I wouldn’t expect this device to appeal to everyone. Some wanted a 3DS without the 3D. This is for them.

      I think with it, Nintendo’s trying to say a couple of things – planting their dominating foot down 2x on Sony, and staying “different” in the handheld space as they’ve always been. I kind of see it as a defiant act. There were a lot of people saying they should get out of the hardware market, right?

      For everyone else in the majority, it won’t change a thing.

      • Dede Ogbe

        Hm I see. It just seemed like a pointless move for me but when u put it that way, it’s smart I guess. I mean what am getting at is that if they have the time and money for redesigns why not make one which the masses would eat up. For example dual analog sticks u know?

      • Sardorim

        The issue is that the lay out is so different… Kinda annoyed they had to change the layout so much that it looks like it would be a pain to use compared to the 3DS.

    • 하세요

      3DS sales aren’t an issue – people can complain about the region lock all they want but they still end up buying one anyway (don’t fix what’s not broken, right?). And no, a 3DS is $169.99 new while an XL is $199.99.

    • Nanaki

      They’re catering to a gimmick, I mean function that not everyone would otherwise be able to use properly. Sure it’s the same handheld basically, but it gives those the options to settle for something with a different model than the norm 3DS.

    • Quizler

      It costs at least 50$ less

    • Slayven19

      Please region lock isn’t going to sell that more than a niche number of units because only a niche number of people even care about it. The sales for 3ds aren’t the problem right now either, they are doing good to great in enough regions.

      • Dede Ogbe

        That was an example and not my point…. where in that did I say tbe 3ds sells badly? Thanks Captain obvious but u didnt need to point out the sales of the 3ds. My question was what is the point of this version. Is that ok with u?

  • sd28

    the kids model

  • Tatsuya1221

    I can see what they are going for, as only half the population of the planet can even see 3d properly(if you have any vision misalignment, which about 10% of americans have and don’t know it, then you cannot see 3d at all), but that price tag makes it completely irrelevant.

  • JuhRo

    I can’t wait for the Nintendo 2DS XL…..

    . .
    ..

    /sarcasm

  • TheExile285

    Looks ugly IMO. The masses will eat this up though.

    Its not like normal 3DS or XL are really expensive though

  • Brandonmkii

    The GB Micro of this generation. I must have it.

  • wahyudil

    is there any Nintendo Direct that I missed?

  • Ric Vazquez

    Oh no…

  • Robbyfishersora

    I hate it. It look shit.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    ….. whats the point of this?!? it not a handheld or a tablet… The only thing I think its good for is Super smash bros 3D other then that It remind of the wii mini.

  • RazeXI

    …This is an actual thing? I thought it was just the guys at Nintendo pulling a joke…

  • Natat

    Woooow that’s so ugly lol

  • Eric Harris

    I see no game slot what so ever, so even if it’s not “official” yet, this is a digital download only handheld. This is Nintendo’s “PSPgo”.

    • Brandonmkii

      It kind of has to have one. The video says it plays “all” 3DS games. And “over 2000″ DS games. So unless Nintendo gets the entirety of the DS catalog up for digital purchase a month and a half, it’s going to have a game slot.

    • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

      Its at the top. If you watch through the trailer, it pops up every now and again (the location, not the top).

    • Guest

      Welp, I’ll just edit this to be a response about nothing.

  • Zypharium

    In my opinion it looks very good, better than the 3DS, but not as good as the 3DS XL. I did want an 3DS, but I don’t need the stupid 3D effect and the high price tag. I think I’ll sell my Vita and buy an 2DS. I’m a Sony-Fanboy, and have all consoles and handhelds, but the 3DS has such good games, so I’d rather have a system that has in fact games. Not like the Vita, although it has better hardware and a unmatchable design.

  • Neppygear

    That looks ugly as sin. Why did they even get rid of the clamshell design? Nothing about this makes any earthly sense.

  • klkAlexar

    Eh, I would have bought it way back in the beginning since I don’t use the 3ds feature. Maybe. But I paid the same price for my regular 3ds, so no.

  • RisukuAozora

    I almost don’t wanna say it, but…
    Go home Nintendo, you’re drunk.

  • Kevin Schwarz

    That’s betraying the meaning behind their gimmick, still, it’s a fair price.

  • $36598391

    I’m so getting this just to have it since I have every other portable handheld Nintendo released over the years

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      It looks useful for smash and monster hunter even tho I hate the look I;m thinking about it

  • GuyAlpha

    - No 3D feature because it’s harmful to children under 7
    - No hinges because children break them like it’s their duty
    - Cheaper
    - Being released on the same day as X and Y

    How are you guys not seeing the big picture?

    • Ying

      Thank you! Seriously guys you aren’t supposed to be the ones buying this. It’s for the kids that are under 7 years old whom this is aimed for. They aren’t going to care that it looks horrible. The only probably I see with this is the confusion that may come from the name.

      I can already see parents wondering whether the 2DS can play 3DS games unless it comes bundled with Pokemon X/Y like the 3DS is supposed to be doing

      • Testsubject909

        Well. Technically speaking.

        We are the ones who’ll be buying this. I doubt kids under the age of 7 can scrounge up 120-130+Tax$.

        • Shane Guidaboni

          Well, the point is that their parents would buy it for them because they want to play Pokemon.

      • Testsubject909

        Also. Unless the screen is made to be far more robust. I’d actually rather get my 4-5 year old niece a proper 3DS instead and just break off the 3D scroller at zero instead.

        Oh sure, the hinges might break off, but really that’d require quite a bit of trauma which if dealt to this 2DS would damage the 2DS just as much, though in a different way, perhaps unto said screen which honestly would be more of a pain then it would be to just crazyglue back a broken off hinge.

        • Symbol de Au

          You don’t have to break it off at 0 since there are parental controls. Maybe in a few years the console will still be good and she can use the 3D.

          • Testsubject909

            Oh I know that. But I meant to get an equivalent 2DS using a current 3DS.

      • Zenthos

        Or people who want to save some bucks knowing they wont use the 3d feature.

        • courte

          sorry but thats me still dont have one and 3d was never a draw for me

      • Dagobert

        Well if you’re making a device so it’s safe for kids, wouldn’t you want something more durable and protective as well? The screen is exposed versus something that folds and protects the screen. Also if this still has wi-fi, shouldn’t that be removed as well if you want something safe for kids?

    • Sentsuizan_93

      Valid points. Very valid points.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Spot on damn spot on.

    • JNT

      Finally someone that can make logic out of this. I was thinking the same.

      Also those that have no 3DS and want to only get Pokemon that day.

      • courte

        i think we all realized it immediately. doesnt mean that someone over the age of 7 can’t buy one. to state such an edict would be ridiculous

        • JNT

          Agreed, the price will definitely attract people that want Pokemon at launch day and didn’t had a 3DS, and they only want it for that game.

          • courte

            i personally dont even want pokemon at launch. i’m just sick of missing out on the handhhelds hold over gaming these past few years…mind you if nintendo announce all of the gba fire emblem and other hard to find classic on the eshop, i’ll be in there

    • Guest

      Yeah, whatever we may think of this, the 2DS will fly off the shelves on Oct 12!

      • Testsubject909

        Maybe. Maybe not.

    • Namuro

      I was about to turn in when I saw the trailer on YouTube, and I was really surprised. I even thought that it was a joke at first. I went and looked up for some more info immediately, and eventually started to understand the point of the 2DS… Anyway, I just wanna say that your comment here sums everything up perfectly!

    • Joshua

      The lack of hinges serves a couple other purposes:

      -Hinges are more expensive from a manufacturing standpoint
      -They CAN’T do a hinge on this model, because the top and bottom screens are actually the same screen. The separation and different resolutions are done by covering up the nonfunctional parts of a single screen with plastic. The bulk order of this single, cheaper screen is why you can’t have a hinge or 3D.

    • Steven Higgins

      And the two launch colors are the same as X and Y’s theme colors too.

  • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

    Pretty cool. If it comes out in Japan, I’ll import one for J games.

  • Monsley

    I honestly do not like 3D effects (in general, not just with the 3DS) and most of the time I am not even able to see them properly, so this would be great for someone like me who would rather save some money than having a useless feature.
    What puts me off though, apart from the fact that I already own a 3DS XL, is the design. I can’t see why they couldn’t use the clamshell design – which, in my opinion, is the best design for handhelds. It also doesn’t look very portable, which I wouldn’t mind since I never carry my handhelds around, but I guess a lot of people do, and this doesn’t look very practical…

  • http://amc9988.deviantart.com/ amc99

    So…when we will get the XL version?

  • Nicolas Simonpietri

    Design fail.

  • Chaos_Knight

    To me, this looks like a good handheld when you’re playing at home only.

  • komiko12

    Wow.. is it really hard to make it fold-able?

    • Odin

      It’s an entry level 3DS. It’s not going to have all of the features of the full model, of course.

      • Testsubject909

        So an Entry level 3DS is supposed to be awkwardly shaped and less portable thus going against the premise of a Portable Gaming System?

        Seems backward…

        • Testsubject909

          Mind you. I get it.

          This isn’t a product aimed at us.

          It’s a product made for infants and toddlers primarily. Or rather.

      • komiko12

        Dunno. As far as I know, it has all the functions of a 3DS except 3D and being able to fold.

        That design is just uhh… impractical in terms of space. Perhaps its as sturdy as a GBA now.

        • Odin

          It has mono sound without headphones though. Again, these are minor features, but the price difference shows it.

  • Lazulis

    I wonder what it’s like to hold one of these things. I feel kinda awk with the 3ds already. It’s bigger at the top too…er…

    Also, it’s less portable than the vita…man, kids are still gonna find a way to f the 2ds up

    • Testsubject909

      Honestly it reminds me of the Gameboy.

  • James Enk

    my only problem with this it’s the name i bet it will confuse a lot of ppl

  • Zero_Destiny

    It’s actually pretty adorable, I really love the Red and White one …….

    Seems like a safe bet for children, actually in terms of the lack of hinges, my niece and nephew would always without fail take my DS (and now 3DS) and bend the system ALL the way open until it was perfectly flat like this thing, Wonder if kids typically do that now.

    And now we have a new name to confuse unknowing parents. lol This reminds me of the Game Boy Advance era all over again. All the GBA game boxes ended up with “Compatible with Game Boy Advance, GBA SP, Game Boy Micro, and Nintendo DS.” printed on them.

    • XYZ_JolteonZ980

      I hope they arent trying to only target children (video showed adults playing) as dont really think this will really help them compete against other electronic devices and phones and tablets with robust access to softwares that is rather low priced -> free.

      • Isaac Newton

        *Checks profile pic*
        I see what you did there.

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    And I used to complain about the Atari Lynx being ugly and clunky. Not anymore.

  • XiaomuArisu

    Next is Nintendo B&WDS
    A budget DS without Colours

    • TheExile285

      LOL 10/10

  • Chaos_Knight

    Guys….you do realize that YOU DON’T HAVE TO BUY A 2DS! It’s simply directed to younger audiences. Think about.

    1. 3D can hurt the eyes of Ages under 7.

    2. Hinges tend to break.

    If you were a parent, would you be annoyed that your kid broke his/her 3DS and you would have to go out and buy another one?

    • Testsubject909

      No. I’d be more worried about them breaking the screen.

      If they’re old enough to play a 3DS, I’d assume their ages would be somewhere around 4 or so.

      And I don’t think anyone is complaining about the lack of the 3D feature in the 2DS….

    • British_Otaku

      I agree that we don’t need to get this. This is similar to the Wii Mini, PSP Go or Game Boy Micro in that sense.
      1) 3D can be disabled by the parental controls, not just a slider.
      2) Yep, then I don’t fully agree with the design which exposes the guts of the system 50/50 style everytime it gets dropped or I drop/knock something over.
      If I was a parent, chances are the nagging from the child will be bad enough that I would cave in and buy them another system.

      • Testsubject909

        Pretty much… Honestly broken hinges can be fixed and it gives you something to do with your kid while simultaneously teaching them a bit of crafting.

        But a broken screen? You’re screwed. Go buy a new one or ship it to get repaired because that requires more then just minimal crafting capabilities.

  • Abysswalker90

    What if I don’t care about 3D, and will be using a headset? Would I be better off getting this version?

  • Anna Scruton

    2 random questions.

    There doesn’t seem to be a wifi slider anymore. I guess its always on now?

    How do you put it into sleep mode?

    • British_Otaku

      We could probably disable WIFI by the system controls in the settings.
      Sleep Mode? That’s a good one… I doubt this will have different firmware, so maybe it is set by a button or switch we can’t see or it’s impossible. >_>

  • Learii

    this a nightmare

    • TheExile285

      How? This is an optional model. They aren’t discontinuing the other models.

      • Learii

        I mean the 3DS can go to 2D or 3D so if DS can go to 2D by hiself why need a 2DS

  • brian

    This’d be pretty cool if it could fold up.

  • SDDMN

    Ahh, some of the comments take me back to when the Circle Pad Pro was first announced. Good times, good times~

    Anyways, I won’t be getting this system since it isn’t for me, I’ll be getting the 3DS XL when there’s a good sale for it, probably around Black Friday.

    • TheExile285

      Good choice. The XL is great.

    • Testsubject909

      They really should’ve included a second analog directly into the handheld… And I dislike it when a friend tries to show me that “It doesn’t need a second analog, look the screen can do the job *proceeds to showcase said camera control via touchscreen that just doesn’t seem either comfortable or optimal* See?” …

      But hey. Whatever.

  • https://twitter.com/Panda_castro Panda

    I honestly thought this was a joke when I first saw the news. I wonder if this is going to have skins. Now I know what to buy for my nephews this Christmas.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Love the idea for younger kids, hate the design.

  • Aemette

    I recently bought my 3DS and before I did I was pretty hesitant about buying one. I was terribly afraid that Nintendo would come out with a new 3DS (titled 3DDS (3-Double D-S) system with an improved battery life and better everything. I wake up this morning with this news and I don’t regret having bought a 3DS. Although this COULD have made me really mad in another dimension.

  • leingod

    Reminds me of one of those old TIGER handhelds.

  • Happy Gamer

    I don’t think this is a bad idea marketing wise. Most kids who are 7-8, their parents buy them systems. Most parents don’t really know about game systems and will mostlikely try to buy something cheaper for their children.

    In terms of design and such, it’s terrible lol

  • laurenhiya21

    Good for Nintendo to find a way to bring the price down to appeal more to kids/parents with kids but ugg, just looking at that makes my hands cramp up ;-;

  • Bigabu Beaze

    Is it region free at least?

  • https://twitter.com/Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Project 2501

    Yeah, this thing looks and sounds ridiculous, and also like an implicit admission that 3D was always first and foremost an attention-grabbing gimmick. Realistically, though, this is probably a smart move: I’m certain there are a lot of potential buyers out there who don’t care about the 3D feature but do care about the price tag.

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      Problem is that the people who cared about the price tag also cared about portability of which this thing has none. I respect the 3DS and its library but this thing is so atrocious that when I saw it I thought it was anti Nintendo propaganda~.

  • ChknMoonDust

    I can’t figure out who would buy this. They say it’s for a 5 year old kid, but a 5 year old kid isn’t going to care what games he’s playing. You can just buy them a regular DS for 100 or less and get them to play tons of great old DS games.
    And if a kid is a little older, what kid would want to be caught dead
    with this thing? “Your parents are poor and can only afford to buy you a
    2DS, you must be retarded to not be able to figure out that hinge” is
    what the kids are gonna say to Johny. My god Nintedo is stupid.

  • goldenlander

    The handheld may be cheaper but the games aren’t. You get only $40 from buying this over the normal 3DS and that’s cost of a 3DS retail game.

  • ZekeFreek

    C’mon guys, it’s 40$. Have some dignity.

  • Keko

    Next week: Sony anounces Wita, a Vita handheld with no screens!

  • TrevHead

    Ninty should have stuck the 2nd analog on it since there’s ample room

  • rubin

    Might get it for my 5 year old sister for christmas

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    I……think i am going to get this lol as it is soooooo cheap. Boy, i am going to have tons of 3DS……..i mean 2DS at my home now lol.

  • katamari damacy

    No clamshell design make the 2DS look like an absolute behemoth. Not portable in any sense of the word.

  • heartless141

    i was sooo excited. a cheaper 3DS with no 3D(nope, not a single care) might means longer battery life also?! YESSSSS

    and now look at that brick.

    nope.

    yeah, the idea is probably target little kids like nintendo always do, but yeah, little kids don’t care if their hand get cramped, they don’t care if it massive, or any of the problem a normal sensible player can see on this thing.
    :/ they are not even trying any more.

  • Brandonmkii

    A cheaper 3DS that gets rid of the only feature I didn’t care about? SOLD.

  • Bacon_n_Lettuce

    That name’s a joke, right? …Right? I mean, it sounds like a parody product!

    I think I’m just gonna call it the Nintendo Brick.

    Also, there’s going to be a lot of confused parents, what with the system being labeled “2DS” while the games for it are still labeled “3DS.”

  • juma086

    Doesn’t look very pocket-friendly. :/

  • DyLaN

    >2DS
    Whut.

  • ddh819

    now they just need to get rid of the 2nd screen, make the main screen touch, and put a phone in it

  • Mr_SP

    “Like you’ve never seen before”?

    NO, NINTENDO. I’ve seen it before. It’s a 3DS. It is very much what I’ve seen before, just cheaper.

  • Linhua

    … WAT IN THE ACTUAL FLUCK.

    … this model was actually REAL…?

    … but I-I thought it was a joke .-.

    … this is actually happening though so that makes this all the less funnier… = … that thing looks bigger than the XL… it’s not even gonna fit in my pocket… ohhhhhh boy… = … this is like… really bad… it’s not even a handheld anymore…

    … and they dropped the Clam Shell Design TOO…??

    … I shall have to open the gates to the Graveyard of the 2DS Screens… early.

    Happy Mask Salesman: Oh dear me… You have met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?

    Me: … why yes… *opening Gate* … yes it did.

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