Nintendo announces the Nintendo 2DS, Out October 12th in Europe and America

Nintendo has today revealed the Nintendo 2DS, a entry level handheld system that’s essentially a Nintendo 3DS but has no 3D and no clam-shell design.

Meant as a cheap system for young gamers, the Nintendo 2DS will be released in North America in October, the same day as Pokemon X and Y. The system will be priced at $129.99 and will be available in two colours, red or blue. This price point makes the system $40 cheaper than the original Nintendo 3DS and $70 than the 3DS XL. All of those prices are for the North American market.


It will be the first handheld Nintendo has released since the Gameboy Micro that hasn’t been a clamshell, Nintendo is calling it a ‘slate’ style console. The system features all of the same specifications as the normal Nintendo 3DS apart from the 3D screens, it will still feature the 3DS cameras however.

This console is clearly designed as a cheaper 3DS unit for children, Reggie Fils-Aime has said in an interview with Kotaku.

We will have more tomorrow on the console, and will ask Nintendo Australia if it’s coming to Australia as soon as we can.

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  • August 29, 2013 at 6:48 am

    I think this is a great move by Nintendo. I think that not so many people who haven’t bought a 3DS will be bothered by the removal of the 3D and that the cheaper pricepoint will be very enticing.

  • spraulin
    August 29, 2013 at 8:46 am

    All I can say is WTF LOL. This is as ugly as crap it looks like one of those “free” LCD games you get with Happy Meals from Maccas…

  • Tanukitrooper
    August 29, 2013 at 10:45 am

    It’s on Nintendo of Australia’s website. It’ll cost $149.95 here.

  • Tristan
    August 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I too think its a great move by Nintendo… have you seem how many kids play games on iPads these days? This will provide a cheaper option for parents than the iPad, sturdier too!

  • cd2
    August 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Needed this in July! Oh well. My son has an XL but I would of preferred this for him as he is only 5.

  • mikeeeey
    August 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I can’t believe so many people think it’s ugly.
    Considering it hasn’t got the sleekness that comes with a flip design, it looks amazing.
    The only thing they could’ve done was directly copy the look of a tablet but with buttons.
    This would not have been smart for nintendo in terms of branding.
    Also it appears to be designed like this so that people can hold and play with it comfortably.
    It’s not easy to get two screens on something with lots of buttons these days while keeping the visuals up to scratch.
    I think they’ve done a great job!

  • August 30, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I won’t be getting one myself (I already have a 3DS so I’m clearly not the target audience), but one thing I really like is that using the D-Pad on this seems like it’d be a lot more comfortable too.

  • Nebnosneh
    August 30, 2013 at 8:37 am

    This is brilliant, very smart move by Nintendo and it shows they are not too arrogant to respond to the market.

    3D displays are failing all over the place. In the US and UK producers of 3D content for TV have halted producing any more content and it’s been announced the 3D channels will be shutting down.

    In cinemas it’s been observed that movies that have no 3D version tend to do better that movies that have a 2D and 3D option. This seems to suggest that consumers don’t like 3D but are put off seeing the 2D version of a 3D film for fear of ‘missing out’ on the ‘proper’ version of the movie.

    Adding a 3D screen to a handheld was a good idea at the time and I applaud Nintendo for trying to innovate like they did, but it simply hasn’t worked out. Nintendo fans should be happy they are not being stubborn about 3D.

  • laharl1313
    August 30, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I think it looks cool, I wouldn’t buy one myself as i already have a 3DS but I can see the appeal of it.

    I wonder if it would be weird playing with the buttons up that high after being so used to having them sit next to the bottom screen on the other DS models.

  • kuzi
    August 30, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    A new cheaper 3DS without the 3D. You must be kidding !!!

    Is this the same Nintendo that price gouges Australians on console hardware and software, and then has the hide to say this is a cheaper model designed to be economical to buy for kids. I say just lower the price of your regular kit, but without the Australia tax.

    Kids between 5 to 7 years old don’t need to be playing electronic games. Aren’t they getting dumb enough already without an electronic babysitter to amuse them.

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