Nintendo has unveiled a new 3DS redesign today described as an, "entry level dedicated portable gaming system." Named the 2DS, and bear with me here, the handheld will no longer feature 3D capabilties and no longer have a hinge in the middle preferring instead to go with a slate-style design. Wait for it, because it gets better. The 2DS will still play all 3DS and DS games and only cost a mere $129.99.
Reggie Fils-Aime wanted to make clear who Nintendo designed the 2DS for:
"We’re always thinking about what we can do that’s new, unique, different, and brings more people into this category that we love. 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."
Simply stated, the 2DS is not the handsomest device. It's a brick painted to look like it was actually a 3DS, though not very well. Yet it's important to keep in mind two things: the 2DS is being made for kids, and the 2DS is cheap. With Pokemon X and Y's release coming up October 12, Nintendo's essentially created a $130 Pokemon playing machine. Do you think most young kids care as long as it plays the Pokemons? Teenagers though, oh no, they won't suffer this.
The Nintendo 2DS will launch October 12 for a price of $129.99 and come in both Red and Blue colors. Since it doesn't fold neatly and fit in your pocket, there will be a handy carrying case available for $12.99. It doesn't have 3D, but everything else about the platform's tech is the same -- two screens, touch controls, and a huge library of awesome games.