August 28, 2013
Nintendo Unveils the $129.99 2DS
This is not April fools, nor is it a joke by any means. Nintendo this morning announced the newest addition to its handheld line up, the 2DS. The 2DS is not aimed at the “hardcore” gaming crowd, this is being aimed at children and the more casual audience, hence its tablet like design. The 2DS will play all the 3DS games as well as the DS games, the only difference being the 3DS games will be in 2D. The upper screen which is the size of the normal 3DS’s top screen, does not display 3D images, hence the name. The handheld will still feature all the online features of the 3DS and 3DS XL, and will sport a 4 GB SD card in the box. The 2DS will still be able to be put in sleep mode via a switch in the lower right hand side, so that it can still garner street/spot pass information on the go. The biggest change outside of the 3D, is that the handheld has no hinge and will not fold, the first time for a Nintendo handheld since the Game Boy Micro. Despite this awkward announcement coming out of no where, I can see where they are going with this. 3D is typically restricted to ages 7 and above due to eye issues in smaller children. Something else to take note of is the price, $129.99. Yes it may lack some of the features of it’s bigger brethren, but the price is right in its competitors sights, those competitors being Leap Frog, Kurio, and Vtech. The 3DS does have educational software like Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone and the Brain Age series, then you have the dependability of Nintendo software and hardware dependability. It will be interesting to see this holiday season how this new iteration of the popular handheld will play out. The 2DS is due to be on sale October 10th at $129.99, right in time for Pokemon X & Y.