Nintendo announced the 2DS today, a new entry-level handheld system. The 2DS will be available for $129.99 on October 12th (the same day as Pokemon X and Y) and features a slate-like design rather than the clamshell seen on DS and 3DS models.
The 2DS is fully compatible with all 3DS and DS games but does not include the ability to display games in 3D. It still features all the functionality of 3DS (WiFi, local multiplayer, etc.) and can be put to sleep using a slider that replicates closing the clamshell on a standard 3DS. WiFi can still be turned off, though it’s done via controls in the software rather than with a physical switch.
“Imagine a standard 3DS laid all the way flat, and with the depth slider all the way down,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime explained to IGN. “Everything else is there in the system.”
The 2DS will launch in red and blue models to start and will be sold alongside the standard 3DS (still available for $169.99) and 3DS XL ($199.99). It will include a 4GB SD card and uses the same power source as 3DS and DSi. It also includes two cameras on the back side, so AR games still function and players can still take 3D photos -- they simply can’t be displayed on the 2DS, but are still viewable in full 3D if transferred to 3DS. The 2DS only includes one speaker, which plays mono sound, but features full stereo via its headphone jack.
According to Fils-Aime, the idea for the 2DS came from wanting to appeal to younger consumers, as the standard 3DS is aimed at players age seven and up.
“Imagine a standard 3DS laid all the way flat, and with the depth slider all the way down. Everything else is there in the system.
“We’re always thinking about what we can do that’s new, unique, different, and brings more people into this category that we love,” Fils-Aime said. “And so with the Nintendo 3DS, we were clear to parents that, ‘hey, we recommend that your children be seven and older to utilize this device.’ So clearly that creates an opportunity for five-year-olds, six-year-olds, that first-time handheld gaming consumer."
"We’ve always been thinking about, 'how do we approach that as one target?'" he continued. "And that certainly helped spur the idea of the Nintendo 2DS. Let’s have the consumer have access to all of these great games – Mario Kart 7, Animal Crossing – but do it in a 2D capability with a device that has a dramatically lower price point. That’s just an example of how we’re always thinking about, ‘how do we get more people playing games? How do we get more people playing Nintendo games?’”
Keep checking back to IGN for more on the 2DS as we approach its October launch.
@Stephen I'd have to agree. I guess they couldn't call it the 3DS if there's no 3D in it.
I still think this thing is a great device and caters to a market that Nintendo OWNS. When this thing starts to hit $99, I think people will be less likely to say "What do my kids need a 3DS for? I can just get a DS for $60-$80 and be perfectly happy. For a little bit more, they get a ton more value.
That said, I think this is mostly a pretty good idea. It's clear that Nintendo feels DS sales are kind of taking away some of the 3DS ones, so this seems like a good budget version of the 3DS. Plus, the 3D marketing ship has mostly sailed, and I don't actually think the name is very confusing (it sounds like a small downgrade from the 3DS, which is exactly what it is).
That said, getting rid of the clamshell design sure makes it look weird. But I think it's overall a good move, especially launching it with Pokemon X/Y.
I thought this was a joke, as well. But now that I've let it sink in...it's actually a great value and perfectly targeted to the 5 year old age group that shouldn't be using 3D anyways. With that age group the slate design makes more sense, as well. It's pretty damn ugly, though.
I think this thing looks like a disaster, but I will step up and defend the naming. I think that's a brilliant name. Think about it, this thing IS essentially the "DS 2." It's the 3DS, without the 3D. So it's just a hardware upgrade from the DS. I think that's brilliant. Plus it almost sells MORE 3DS systems, as some grandma who doesn't know hears "There's the DS, 2DS, and 3DS" and knows Johnny wants "the new one" so she gets the one with the highest number.
I really, really love the name. I hate the system, but then this isn't FOR me, is it? It's for my five year old cousin, so he can get his own system and stop borrowing mine every time he comes over. Plus I'll be able to get streetpasses from the little mooch, hoo ha!
(For the record, I do not have this imaginary 5 year old cousin. But I wish I did for those Streetpasses...)
Great idea, but the execution is a little off - they really should have found a way of keeping the clamshell design as kids especially can be very hard on the screens. But it must have been one of things that had to go to get the price down to $130.
As long as people understand what it is, it should sell like hotcakes this Christmas.
Edit: I think I'm overestimating the importance of a clamshell design - most devices these days have exposed screens and kids use them just fine. Plus kids tend to buy the little accessories that carry/protect anyway. The lack of the clamshell just makes it a little ugly, but again kids don't really care, they just want to play pokemon.
Honestly, if I could trade my launch 3DS for one of these straight up, I'd consider it. I like the 3D effect, but truth be told I hardly ever use it. I do all my 3DS gaming at home anyway, so I don't care that it's less portable. And it looks like it would be way more comfortable in my hands. I bet the battery life sees a slight bump, as well.
If it were 3DSXL sized, I'd honestly consider getting one.
But yeah...I was so sure this was a joke when someone linked me to the video.
I hate this thing. So, the general concept of a cheaper handheld for people who don't give a damn about the 3D effect is pretty interesting. But it doesn't fold? The battery life is still piss poor even without the 3D screen? Mono speaker? Yuck.