The Nintendo 2DS Has A Sleep Switch For Sleep Mode, Monoaural Sound

By Ishaan . August 28, 2013 . 1:30pm

In the case of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS consoles, you can put the devices to sleep simply by folding them up until you’re ready to resume whatever you were doing. The Nintendo 2DS, however, works differently.


Announced earlier today , the Nintendo 2DS is a cheap-priced version of the Nintendo 3DS without the ability to display stereoscopic 3D visuals. The system also lacks the clamshell design of the 3DS and DS before it, and is instead designed like a slab that can’t be closed.


Despite the fact that you can’t “close” the system, you can still put it to sleep. A spec sheet from Nintendo of Europe indicates that the system has a sleep switch that you can press to activate sleep mode.


Additionally, the 2DS also features monoaural sound, instead of stereo, although you can listen to stereo sound through the use of headphones.


The Nintendo 2DS will be available in North America and Europe on October 12th.


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  • DarthSithZero

    Even with the awful design, I’m still getting this just for Pokemon Y.

    • InfectedAI

      It’s only 40 bucks more for a regular 3DS. Less if you wait for the practically monthly sales. I don’t see it as worth losing the portability.

      • Joshua

        If you can count 3DS sales, you can count 2DS sale prices. This thing is bound to get cheaper than the listed MSRP.

  • Sara

    Really looks like a tombstone

    • AuraGuyChris

      Now, now. Don’t give the haters ideas.

      • MB_cl

        Even dead people rise to play the new 2Ds!

    • Malon

      What has been seen…

    • DarthSithZero

      Fireaxe 2DS

      • TheGioG

        Excuse me while I go get my sides replaced, my old ones broke from the lulz. XD

        • DarthSithZero

          “Kill the boredom with the NEW DESIGN”

      • Corginand

        Villager’s secret weapon for next Smash Bros

      • mike dickson

        lol i want that 2ds

      • Sardorim

        You sir/m’am are a gentleman/woman and a scholar.


        this type of thing that made me love the internet so much

      • Zurashii

        Careful not to hand that to Matt or else it’ll end up thrown off a pit.

    • wharcraff

      It could also be the bottom of a shovel. So they can dig their own hole.

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      more a piece of bread got toast in the morning

  • AuraGuyChris

    The awkward placement of the speaker holes should be the reason why it’s Monoaural.

  • Khoko

    God that thing is so ugly… why not just release a 3DS model without 3D? I mean really..

    • Chaos_Knight

      Because this is directed to children. Hinges may break.

      • Joshua

        Also, it’s a budget model.

        First, hinges cost more to produce than a unibody design.

        Also, and this is the cool part:

        The two screens of the 2DS are actually the same screen. They order one screen and cover up the nonfunctional bits with plastic. This makes the hinge design something that they literally cannot do, if they want to keep the cheap manufacturing bulk orders.

        This means that technically the top screen is a touchscreen, but they’ll never use it.

      • idrawrobots

        Hinges WILL break. I have worked for GameStop for 6 years. I see it all the time with young kids.

      • tubers

        How about the exposed screens? Wouldn’t they be more accident prone now?

        Doubt they’re upgrading both screens for such.

        • Khoko

          This is what I’m feeling. Screw hinges what about the thrashing the screen will take now. This was not thought out very well at all. There is no point to this. More of these will end up broken than any amount of hinges.

          • Namuro

            Well, isn’t that the same case with most tablets and other handhelds like PSV, where the screens are exposed at all times? Also, it’s not just kids, I’ve seen loads of adults carrying around iPhones with shattered screens… Heck, I broke my iPod Touch’s screen once. Accidents can happen to anyone.

            The thing is, if my kid is like, super clumsy and keep dropping stuff all the time, I wouldn’t buy him a handheld at all. Should my kid drops something once in a while, like most kids would, I’d rather have them drop the cheaper 2DS, rather than an iPad.

            I’ve looked up some reviews as well, and I’ve heard that the 2DS is quite light, and feels comfortable to hold. I think that the redesigned shape, which makes it more of a tablet than a handheld, would be easier for kids to hold. If my 2-year old niece can hold on to her iPad, I don’t think she’ll have any difficulty handling the 2DS (I’m not buying her one though).

            Well, we’ll soon find out how the 2DS will perform.

          • idrawrobots

            Kids already destroy the touchscreens with the hinge. A lot of times they don’t ever close the systems. If you have ever seen kids hang out with their friends and play Pokemon you would understand how genius this actually is.

  • artemisthemp

    I rather spend a little more cash for 3DS XL and be able to close my DS than save some cash and be stuck with a 2DS

  • Tenshigami

    That answers how games that require sleep mode to solve puzzles will work. Though it also ruins the effect of those puzzles.

    • Malon

      I don’t remember seeing such puzzles except for Another Code on DS.

      • idrawrobots

        Phantom Hourglass too.

      • Rashid Al Rabah

        Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass required you to close the DS to copy the map… Hmmmm

        • Tenshigami

          This was the main example I was thinking of, as it’s a direct Nintendo IP and was the first time I had experienced it, so I remember it well – it had me completely stumped until a friend told me, “Here, let me save you a few hours of confusion: close your 3DS.”

          I recognized that type of puzzle in future games immediately from that point on.

          • Rashid Al Rabah

            Ohoho! I got out of the dungeon, went to the spot on the map, then came back to the dungeon and stared at it for a few minutes, got frusterated and closed the DS… XD

          • s07195

            Same here.

          • Touma

            I remember that. after several trials and errors i was totally stumped. couldn’t think of anything else that i could do so i said skrew it and closed the DS (rather violently) and came back to it later to my complete amazement that was all i had to do. i laughed so hard cause it was so simple yet no one would think of it.

      • Rytan

        Hotel Dusk for DS has a part that requires you to close the DS as well.

      • Andrés Ortiz Ozeta

        Another Code was the worst *SPOILER ALERT*, since you actually need to fold (not completely close, just leave it a lilttle bit opened) the DS to see an image reflected on a screen to figure out puzzle… as long as we don’t too much of those, i think well do fine

    • goldenlander

      Interesting. This makes me uneasy.

      Could someone list some technical problems this 2DS will potentially have?

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    My nephews *6,7 and 11* like the way it looks . My friends and I hate the way it look? What cuz we adults. What Aimed for children? no wonder we dislike it.

    you get my point?

    • kensredemption

      As a fellow adult, I’m embarrassed by your lack of coherence and inability to write proper English.

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        Its the internet my dear boy, NO one cares about grammar unless you are a grammar Nazi or an english major.

  • Shizumasa

    What’s the point? It’s the same if you don’t turn on the 3D on the 3DS. It became worse with monoaural sound and I’d rather close my 3DS to avoid catching dust on my screen.

  • idrawrobots

    Why do teh hardcorez not understand this model is not for them?

    • kensredemption

      Because they think the only kinds of gamers are hardcore gamers.

  • MrJechgo

    No 3D, huh? Well… there were complaints about headaches, eye strains and nausea due to that, so maybe that will help gamers play 3DS games without those side effects.
    Hey, you have to look at the brighter side of things ometimes, no?

  • shuyai

    If name of 3DS and Wiiu confuse parents then i predict 2DS will make lots of parent with encumbered mind and vacant eye will set themselves on fire and jump of a building.

    and i am all for a cheaper 3DS without 3D but good god that design is hideous !

    • Steven Higgins

      I don’t think there are many parents of young children (10 and below) today who grew up without learning about video games and systems. For example, my sister has an 11 year old daughter and she (my sister) had an NES when she was that age.

  • Yoshi Haku

    i wouldn’t minded getting one, but man that horrid button placement…

  • Alexander Aubert

    cheaper eh……

  • Herok♞

    Don’t care really since this is cheaper I will buy one from japan for imports and stuff

    • Guest

      Great idea!
      But I just realized it’s not announced for Japan :P
      Hopefully it’s not a Wii Mini deal.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      ….then its going to cost more for import it..

  • PRGamerCub

    they should have put start and select on the left and another analog stick on the right… now im gonna have to buy whatever circle pad pro comes put for this … >.<

  • Mir Teiwaz

    I’d probably buy it if I could find enough games I wanted on the system. I haven’t checked its library in a while.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      ? Did 3DS library does not appeal to you?O_o

      • Mir Teiwaz

        I haven’t owned a 3DS since shortly after the price drop on the original hardware happened. Without owning one, I had no reason to look at its library of games.

        I’m sure if I bothered to look I could find plenty of games. At $130 for a brand new system I would be a bit more willing to check it out.

        • JakatoX

          You do realize that you only save about $20 with the 2DS since the Regular Non-XL 3DS is $150 right?

          • Mir Teiwaz

            Matter of preference, I s’pose.

  • eilegz

    it is me or nintendo its going downhill with ergonomics, this not only looks bad but holding it in the hand its just awkward….

    Back to the basics, seriously the price its perfect and its cheaper than the PSP but the form size and the way that play its just way below to nintendo high standards whoever designed this and the wiiupad need to step down and let other do its job

  • ChatKnight

    Nintendo unveils the 3DS equivalent of the GameBoy Advanced Micro.

  • Lazulis

    Man, I just don’t know how the screens will stay safe. It’s kinda required to get a pouch now huh? What is the age demographic for this? Because smaller kids might have a problem how big it is? But 2DS…non video game informed people will be SO confused

    • Hunts Rattata

      From the sounds of things, everyone’s confused about the 2DS.

  • wharcraff

    So let me get this straight. They put a separate button on this system so it could enter sleep mode? I guess using the power button and touch screen(Sleep mode,Turn off system) would have been out of the question. Too complicated.

    • Zero_Destiny

      I imagine it is for in-game sleep mode. The 3DS can be shut any time in-game and it would go into sleep mode to save battery then you just open it up and pick up where you left off. Since this 2DS can’t really do that, it’s probably to make up for that.

      • Firekitty

        Yeah, but the PSP and Vita manage just fine using the power button/switch to put the system to sleep…why put a second button JUST for that?

  • Aqua King

    this is awkward. :/

  • fyi1191

    That design is the problem for me. How does one gonna put this in a pocket?

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      for kids

  • miju

    Have fun with Phantom Hourglass, kids.

  • mewcus

    no more phantom hourglass seal stamping

  • awat

    when i first saw it i thought it was a McDonald’s Toy..

  • PlayLife

    I think the name of the console should stay Nintendo 3DS, instead of renaming it to 2DS, some ppl that don’t know shit about gaming will only be confused, especially when searching the games for it :)

    Nintendo should have called it 3DS Basic or something.

    • s07195

      It is confusing, but 3DS implies 3D, even with ‘Basic’ behind it.

  • I still can’t believe this is true. I thought it was a joke or a cheap chinese version trying to make money from Nintendo’s 3DS. The design looks awful… Really I mean. They could have just made a 3DS lite that was slimmer and had less features (no 3D) to make it cheaper and all, but they should have kept the design.

  • RisukuAozora

    Kid Icarus Uprising is really gonna suck on this thing…

  • LogicIncarnate

    Down in the ghettooooo

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