Nintendo’s announced its latest handheld, the 2DS. No, that’s not a typo. All the fun of the 3DS, without the 3D, and for most of the asking price. Who’s actually going to buy one?
To be honest, the 3D aspect of 3DS games has never really wowed me, but then I’m in the segment of the market that finds excessive use of its 3D slider an invitation to upchuck.
That being said, the 2DS is one weird critter; it’s a fully flat handheld with screens the same size as the regular 3DS, compatible with 3DS and DS games. The camera supports 3D photo taking, but obviously not watching. Nintendo’s pitch is that it’s for younger gamers, which makes a certain amount of sense, given that it’s long advised younger gamers shouldn’t use the 3DS’ 3D functions. As a parent, I somewhat get that, but what I don’t get is the price.
The 2DS will sell locally for $149.95 arriving on the 12th of October. The problem there is that it’s pretty easy to pick up the 3DS for under $200, which is going to make the 2DS an interesting value proposition, especially as that flat screen feels like an invitation for breakage to me.
Kotaku has a more in-depth look at the 2DS if you’re keen on more detail.