Nintendo Announces 2DS Handheld
Another season, another Nintendo handheld.
Nintendo announced the release of the 2DS, shown to the left.
The system ditches the flip aesthetic that Nintendo handhelds have maintained since the GameBoy Advance SP, opting for a flat surface to hold the now standard two screens.
In terms of software, the 2DS will have the same library as the 3DS, playing anything that Nintendo has released on its DS family of consoles.
As the name implies, the new system has no 3D capabilities (so gone are the days of only turning on the 3D for cool cutscenes). The start and select buttons are also moved to the side, giving it more similarities to the first generations of DS than the current 3DS.
Nintendo argues the new console makes its library more accessible for a cheaper price tag. Of course, no hinges also means there's one less moving part to break. If you're looking for a handheld to buy your kids this Fall, you really can't beat the 2DS.
Though it may seem a little ridiculous, the release of this handheld couldn't be better timed. With hardware sales plummeting [source] after the release of the critically polarizing Wii U, the 2DS could be their chance to come surging back.
Nintendo is targeting an October 12 release date, which coincides with the release of Pokemon X and Y. Pokemon has always been a system seller for Nintendo handhelds, with an established fanbase and a media marketing powerhouse leading sales.
That, along with a great near-holiday release and a $129 price tag, may be just enough to pull Nintendo back into a league with Microsoft and Sony as the new console generation kicks off in November.
Check out the size comparison on the right. Will you be picking up a 2DS for yourself or someone else when it releases in October?