Nintendo Announces The Nintendo 2DS: The 3DS Without The 3D

Unfoldable, 3D-neutered portable arrives as new addition to 3DS family. That face. That look you have on now. Yes, I think we all have that.

Nintendo has announced the Nintendo 2DS, the oddball cousin to its 3D-stereoscopic capable portable. The Nintendo 2DS has everything that the 3DS had in terms of functionality, including Nintendo DS backwards compatibility, just without the 3D function. The 260g portable is now a flat, tablet-like device. The need for such a console is likely to be the concern surrounding 3D-stereoscopy that may cause strain on the eyes of young children, despite the fact that the Nintendo 3DS comes with a parental lock for the activation of 3D on the original 3DS.

Notably, it still comes with a pair cameras for 3D photography, which may seem purpose-defeating when you can’t adjust the focus levels of the photo you with to take in 3D, and that you have to export the 3D photos somewhere else to view them, for example, a Nintendo 3DS.

The move is also to shave precious dollars off the cost price as an entry-level portable, the lowest priced among the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo 3DS XL, retailing at US$129.99 when it goes to retail on October 12 in North America, Europe and Australia, coinciding with the worldwide release of the upcoming Pokémon X and Y versions.

So, yes. This is for parents who want to give their kids the new Pokémon but without them getting cross-eyed by the time they defeat the Elite Four. And for those of you who rant that you can no longer solve that one puzzle in The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, the Nintendo 2DS comes with a slider for that (well, sleep mode).