The Nintendo 2DS Plays 3DS Games… In 2D

Nintendo 2DS

… Well, this is a surprise.

So, I’ve been kinda not on the ball as of late, what with work piling up and all. Decided to poke my head onto the Twitterverse and saw a particular phrase that was trending: “Nintendo 2DS”.

I thought this was some sort of fever dream. Apparently… it’s actually a thing that happened.

Nintendo announced that this budget handheld is coming October 12 (same date as Pokémon X and Y). The lil’ bundle of joy differs from its big brother by removing the 3D feature entirely. That said, it still plays all games from the 3DS and DS libraires (just in… ya know… 2D). It’s also one piece, instead of having a hinged clamshell design.

Then there’s the price. The Nintendo 2DS costs $129.99. The 3DS retails for about $169.99 while the 3DS XL is around $199.99.

Nintendo’s Scott Moffitt sat down with US Gamer to discuss some of their decisions behind the 2DS. One of the biggest points they were going for was to make a handheld system that’s more affordable for parents who want to get their kid a handheld system, but don’t want to shell out a lot of money for one. Or for current Nintendo DS owners who want to move onto the 3DS, but (again) don’t want to spend that much. However, something had to give.

“A lot of it is driven by wanting to achieve a price point that is more accessible for consumers,” Moffitt said. “The 3DS screen is a fairly expensive piece of equipment that’s built into the system. Removing the 3D capability allowed us to get to a better price point. The hinged clamshell design is also an issue.”

So is this a sign that Nintendo is no longer as keen on 3D like they used to be? Moffitt says, not at all.

“I’d say that our fan feedback, gamer feedback, has been that they very much enjoy 3D as a feature. Games like Super Mario 3D Land play fabulously well in 3D. There’s a lot of great 3D experiences that gamers have come to love. We don’t want to walk away from that at all.”

So yea. Nintendo is still going strong with 3D. As for the new baby 2DS, the more I think about it, the more I think it’s a pretty neat idea to get more 3DS games into the hands of sugar-addicted kids.

I mean, kids aren’t usually careful with their stuff, ya know? They tend to throw their things on the ground, on the bed, knock ’em around, sit and stuff and break ’em, stuff like that. And the hinges on the 3DS are prone to damage if not handled with care. So for parents who look at the 3DS and think that their kid would break it, now they have something that’s a wee bit cheaper that looks a bit more durable.

Plus, for those folks who are concerned about what kind of affect 3D would have on their really young kids… well, now they can just get this and not have to worry about paying for a feature that they’ll end up having to disable in the System Configuration.

Oh, and there’s the coincidental timing of having this more entry-level handheld coming out on the same day as the new Pokémon. Yep, that totally wasn’t planned at all… I wonder if they’ll make a special Nintendo 2DS bundle that comes with Pokémon X or Y?

Anyhoo, I wanna hear what you guys think of the 2DS. Let me know in the Comments Section!

Sources: Siliconera; US Gamer (via GamesIndustry International)