2ds-610x486Scheduled to coincide with the launch of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y on October 12th is the just-revealed Nintendo 2DS. It seems that the best way to describe the 2DS is to imagine the 3DS open all the way, without the clamshell configuration or 3D screen. It also comes with a significantly lower price point. At $129.99, the 2DS is $50 cheaper than the 3DS, and $70 cheaper than the 3DS XL. All the other features and functionality are there including WiFi, all the same system software, and everything else- The only real change is that there's a slider to put it to sleep instead of how you would just close the 3DS.

The 3DS comes bundled with all sorts of warnings about the 3D and younger gamers, so, I guess it makes sense to release a handheld that they can just solely target at the super-young audience who aren't really supposed to be doing the whole 3D thing while their eyes develop. The lower price point helps too, as kids are going to be able to pick up a 2DS and Pokemon for less than the price of the 3DS, and significantly less than the price of the 3DS XL.

You could make the argument that another SKU is just going to further complicate Nintendo's handheld lineup, but it seems somewhat inevitable that there'd be some kind of Pokemon bundle that'd make these things fly off the shelves. Either way, October 12th isn't that far off to see whether we're right or wrong on that.

[via IGN]

  • theforkfactor

    Ok. Weird.

  • http://ask.fm/MidianGTX MidianGTX

    I hope that thing uses Gorilla Glass.

    • Der-Kleine

      It's a handheld games console. It's most likely plastic. (=> Scratches easier, but doesn't shatter when dropped.)

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        I know exactly zero children who care about whether or not their DS is scratched.

      • Der-Kleine

        Scratches really aren't that bad, they're better than a shattered screen in any case.

      • LOLCAT

        Except me ;D I'm obsessive about keeping all of my devices clean and scratch-free. But I'm strange.

      • Scot D

        You're not strange, you're just not a kid. That or you are a strange kid.

      • LOLCAT

        I'm twelve. So technically I am a kid (and am strange.)

      • http://ask.fm/MidianGTX MidianGTX

        Oh no? How about all of the iOS kiddies with their screen protectors? Same market.

      • Nick

        They're put on by the adults in the family. My daughters have a shared mini that's in an otterbox case, as is the iPad 2 my wife is using that they will sometimes snag.
        I have screen protectors on their standard DSes (DSs?) and wouldn't dream of ever having them use anything without incredible protection.
        Kids are clumsy, drop stuff and don't fully understand the results until it's too late. Mayhaps I'm a bit too protective and not letting them learn the hard way, but I'm also all about not having to throw a LOT of money away.
        So these markets cater to paranoid and protective-about-electronics parents, not the kids.

    • themostunclean

      Nintendo has never used glass in their handhelds. Why would they start now?

      • http://ask.fm/MidianGTX MidianGTX

        People have gotten used to a clamshell design with screen protection, which is a little more essential when we're talking about a resistive touchscreen as they're somewhat weaker by design. This thing is exposed. Give it time and they'll all look like crap.

      • ElectromagneticMelaniePulse

        Because people can still hold out hope that Nintendo won't cling to obsolete technology forever?

  • cplr

    This is a really smart move on their part. I bet this will sell like crazy come Christmas.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Yep, it'll probably do very well.

      • Ben Norvell

        Are you serious? This is the stupidest thing I've seen all week. It's just an uglier 3ds without 3d. Who would want it?

      • echo_pdx

        Are YOU serious? A lot of people are going to buy this, especially parents.

      • Scot D

        To be fair though, this is geared to a specific niche. Time well tell I suppose.

      • theethanman2000

        I agree... This will probably go over really well... It's like the new gamepad for wii u but its portable... U can play the games anywhere... But I can understand why a lot of you guys would think this is weird... I mean going from a 3ds and then downsizing to a 2ds instead of making an even better ds with even better features.... Like say a 4ds.... Maybe Nintendo is running out of idea for ds's but when ds's die down they will always be working on a new handheld device to replace it... This is sorta like the ipad mini it's smaller and more portable and it's cheaper! It's kinda smart to make a cheaper version of the 3ds, I think... And I also like the look of it better... It's good to change it up! :) I think a lot of ppl will buy this and ya never know I might even buy it! :)

      • KaoseT

        It's not for us, it's aimed towards kids under the age of 7 according to Nintendo. As a cheaper alternative to the regular 3DS, why wouldn't it sell?

      • B3nlok

        You mean to tell me a $130 device, where the typical game costs $40 a piece is like the perfect deal for well educated parents who want to buy a new handheld toy for their kid?

      • Karzay

        Parents buy iPads for children, which are far more expensive, and children want a Nintendo hand held device. Makes sense to me.

      • Karzay

        I will by this. My two sons have the 3DS, and I play it from time to time, and we never use the 3D. You can only use the 3D option at a limited angle and it's causes additional eye strain for a lot of people. I imagine the 2DS will sell better than the 3DS, because of concerned parents.

      • Scot D

        Do you realize you can slide the 3D completely off? That's how I play it most the time.

      • Karzay

        Yeah, but I'd like to play video games with my children. Also, one my boys is about to go off to college soon.

        I don't really need the features that set the 3DS apart from the 2DS, and the 2DS will be cheaper. It's an easy choice for me.

      • SpacePenguinBot

        For a parent who wants to give their kid a game system for christmas, nobody else is even close to competing at this price point.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Any Mom in the market for a $130 Pokemon machine for their kid. Believe it or not, that's one massive customer pool.

      • The_Blue_Sticker

        Or you could be like me: "Cool, now I only have to pay $160 to play the new Animal Crossing and not $190"

      • Taclys

        I always thought the 3DS was a ridiculous gimmick. I've played a little of one, the 3D was annoying and finicky. I'm glad to see they're dumping that gimmick and going back to good ol 2D. For $130, this'll sell like hot cakes.

      • zerilos

        The only good thing about the 3d on the 3ds is that you can turn it off. Nobody uses it.

      • Tranceaholic

        I use it, though not lately ONLY because I've been playing Pokemon White which is 2D only. I can't wait for X/Y to come out and see how well the cell-shading pops in 3D!

      • Nick

        People said the iPad was the stupidest thing before it came out.

        Everything is the "stupidest thing" they'd ever seen until it becomes insanely popular and everyone is buying it. The same mentality was said about the "XL" versions of the DS and 3DS, but they've done fairly well considering how weird people thought they were.
        There are loads of situations where this could be useful. Younger children are the largest market for this. My kids will be 9, but I'd rather them not stare at a 3D screen while they play games they'd otherwise not be able to play.

        I dislike it not closing because, well, flat on the ground could have terrible results... but everything else for a parent Is Incredibly appealing.

      • Andrew Chen

        This man. Right here. Comment of the day.

      • toxiccheese

        It's an amazingly smart move by Nintendo. It will be marketed to parents as a child friendly device and then proceed to sell millions of units. It's not stupid, it's just made for a specific demographic.

      • piichan

        it's not stupid. it's for parents who don't have to worry about repairs because there are no more hinges. it's perfect since pokemon is coming out soon too.

  • Scot D

    Wow, look at that thing! It looks ridiculous

    Ill hold on to my 3DS XL thank you.

    Which by the way - is also 2D....

    • raviadso

      That's where I'm at. 3ds xl on sale at bestbuy for 150. LOVE that thing. Amazing games and the screen real estate is superior to my phone so it feels better to game on. Only been playing pvz2 on the phone lately.

    • Nick

      Uh, duh? Why would you give up a device that has BOTH for one that doesn't close and has no 3D option?

      This isn't for you, simple as that. It's targeted to people who want a device that doesn't include a gimmick that could cause problems with eye development and ends up costing a decent amount more.
      Kids don't realize that something might cause damage, they just do it. This way it ensures that although they will experience eye strain, it can't cause the unnecessary damage to eye development that using constant 3D will cause. Even if you are an attentive parent, even an hour straight of THAT kind of 3D on a young child can be very damaging.
      As I mentioned before, the 3DS XL also looked ridiculous, as did the DSi XL... yet you own a 3DS XL.

      • Scot D

        Huh? Are you TRYING to pick a fight? What a tool! No crap this is for kids! You take offense to my opinion as if you designed this ridiculous looking thing!

        I also don't understand how the 3DS XL looks ridiculous. It looks like a typical handheld with the added benefit of, oh I don't know, mobility??

        I guess I'm touched you took the time to randomly slam my waaay early impression of this thing.

        ^^self esteem issues...

      • Nick

        Sure, lets rumble! Don't taze me, bro.

        On a serious note, I was pointing out the total absurdity of your comment, especially when you're touting a device (the XL) that was the butt of endless jokes when it came out. I remember countless "that's ridiculous!" Comments on both versions.

        But even regardless of that, your comment served no purpose. It didn't further discussion and was little more than "that's silly, I won't buy it!"

        I don't want to buy the Wii U, but I didn't post that I wouldn't switch to it.

        What did you expect from your comment? You call it ridiculous and that you won't give your device up. But of course you wouldn't, it's not for you, it's not targeted for you and I highly doubt any Nintendo execs will expect this to be a secondary purchase for those who already own the device.

        It's for families like mine, where I would like to get my kids a device that doesn't have a function that can only cause damage to the eyes of young kids.

      • BMOC

        Can you point to the research that says spending any amount of time looking at a 3DS screen with 3d turned on causes eye damage? Not saying your wrong, but would be interested to know where you got this info from

  • iammane

    Lol whaaaat... Okay Nintendo whatever you say :(

  • klouud

    ...or the cheap &^%$! that can't afford the 3DS. I may actually buy this - after all, there are a couple of Zelda's on there that I want to get my hands on!

    • Scot D

      wrong address, sorry.

  • Scot D

    And why is the D-pad and joystick way up in the middle of the two screens? Looks awkward as hell!

    • Gfish

      Because you aren't supposed to hold it on the bottom part, like a normal DS.

      • Scot D

        Your not? Thanks for that Captain.

      • Lloyd

        you're, not your

      • Scot D

        Wow, really?

      • Lloyd

        Yes, just helping you out. Otherwise you come across as an idiot.

      • Scot D

        An astonishing amount of trolls.

      • Taclys

        You seem incredibly angry...

      • http://ascii.textfiles.com/ iPadCary

        Yeah!
        ^ Just wants to chime in.

      • Scot D

        You missed the comment that was removed. So the context comes off angry. I'm mildly happy, not angry.

        Edit: The above and maybe about 4 energy drinks yesterday. lol

  • JustMeNow

    Who's gonna buy that ugly thing?

    • gryphonofmight

      parents with kids?

      • B3nlok

        So for you the $130 price automatically makes this device a perfect fit for kids even considering the typical 3ds game costs $40 a piece?

      • Earth Vs. Me

        Most kids just want to play Mario and Pokemon. It doesn't cost much to make em happy.

      • Nick

        Exactly. Though I was never a pokemon fan, someone who is could spend almost 100 hours on the game.

        Super Mario could be 20-30 depending on how OCD you want to be.

        Zelda, the same.

        The 3 games alone, $120 worth, can provide oodles of game time.

        As advanced as mobile games have gotten, the level of quality and replay values still are a long way off of even mobile handheld devices.

      • pdSlooper

        There are downloadable titles plus it plays all DS games.

    • DannyTheElite

      Me.

  • Game.PN

    Why Nintendo can't come up with some new things?

    • gryphonofmight

      Like the Wii U?

      • Avantyr

        Ambulance, where?

  • CooleTeeps

    I might consider getting this IF IT COULD CLOSE!!!!!!!!

  • geoelectric

    The no 3D thing is nice--I rarely enable 3D on mine. However, the always-open position isn't awesome. The 3DS is pretty hard to balance in full-open mode, and the angle isn't great that way; you tend to bend your wrists to see the screen. I'm sure they'll sell more than a few, but sacrificing the clamshell is a shame.

    • Scot D

      Absolutely agree. no 3D is good - everything else bad. Probably will sell, but so does a lot of other garbage.

    • Scot D

      They probably tried to correct that with the new position of the controls in the middle of the device. And without trying it myself I couldn't say for sure, but it looks awkward.

      • metalcasket

        If you've ever tried playing a game on an iPad with controls stuck down in the corners, believe me when I say the controls on this 2DS seem comfortable as hell.

      • Scot D

        I agree, that would indeed suck. But the normal 3DS controls are not down in the corners. The 3DS allows for a natural feel such as a tradition controller where this one sports a joystick/DPad near a straight edge. To me, that seems awkward.

      • Scot D

        I have the XL which is obviously bigger. I just looked at an image of the regular 3ds and I can see your point and also wouldn't work for my large hands.. But the XL works great,even when completely open.

  • Blodia

    Looks cute, but they should have either closed the gap between screens or made it one single, tall touch screen.

  • EscortGamer

    Oh God No!

  • Joshua

    Look kinda weird and not comfortable at least they could put the same size screen ohh well

  • AlexsIpad

    The name just sounds like a downgrade
    Rather like how Xbox One is a stupid name

    • Avantyr

      They should have called it xbox prime or something like that, it sucks less...

      • Protoman

        Xbox Megatron would be sweeter. lol

      • B30

        Spybox

  • Bliquid

    50 bucks difference for that ugly wannabe tablet without the "revolutionary" stereoscopic 3D which was the selling point of an hardware old the day before it launched isn't entry level material, in my house.
    That's Nintendo for you: half step forward, 3 steps back.

    • Krautboy

      I don't think a lot of people are aware of this,but if you have glasses ( like myself) and the difference between the 2 eyes is more than 50% you'll be unable to see in 3D. A 3D tv,DS 3D are all useless for folks like us. I haven't been to a cinema the last 3 years since every movie that i want to see is only in 3D unless i travel for 4 hours.

      • Avantyr

        Have you tried contacts? Not trying to be condescending.. I know I couldn't put them on every day, doing this just seems weird/scary ...

    • Karzay

      I disagree. Nintendo is smart for doing this. Nintendo is targeting children 7 and under (3DS is for 7 and over), and concerned parents. Btw, the 2DS pretty much looks just like the 3DS, it just never folds. The buttons are just a little higher, which I really like. I will buy this day one.

      The only problem, and as IGN has stated, is that 3DS and DS games will work on the 2DS, but the are no 2DS games at the moment. That's going to confuse some parents.

      • Bliquid

        I hope you'll be able to use it, since its awkard shape and button placement.
        I'll stick to my vanilla 3DS and if i ever have any problems with the 3D effect, since i'm a yard from being blind (Dx : -8, Sx: -8.5), i'll just, you know... Turn it off?

      • Karzay

        Button placement seems fine to me. If games allow me to move the virtual controls around on the iPad, I usually move them up from the bottom anyway. Less top heavy and more comfortable, in my opinion. But everyone is different.

        I imagine you are much older than the targeted audience, anyway. This product is targeting children under 7, and addressing concerned parents who worry that their children may harm their eyes by not properly using or viewing 3D, and their children may brake the hinge of the folding 3DS.

      • http://ascii.textfiles.com/ iPadCary

        Of course 2DS games exist.
        They're called "DS Games".

      • Karzay

        I did mention that, didn't I? 3DS games are also 2DS games, btw...

        I'm talking about branding issues. If you don't understand why this might confuse people, then this conversation is a bit over your head.

  • Keitch83

    I've heard this is a massive hoax??

  • curtisrshideler

    Wow. So they are just rebranding the ORIGINAL Nintendo DS with the same price, but the stupid idea to have it permanently open?! Go on ebay and buy one of the first few DS models. It will play 2D games and be WAY cheaper... And you can fit it in your pocket or purse... Unlike this beast.

    • Earth Vs. Me

      It's not a rebranded DS. The 3DS is completely different hardware than the original DS, and 3DS games aren't cross compatible with the old DS.

  • gjgustav

    No hinge for kids to break. This will sell.

  • curtisrshideler

    Also... What the heck is the point of two separate screens if its always open?! They should make one big screen and allow you to shrink one display within the other. But I guess the gimmick wore off on me after a year of having my original DS. If I want to look at a map, I'd rather open up a map on my single screen device.

    Anyway, this just seems like a step backwards, not forwards, when it comes to innovation, Nintendo. I'm happy with my iOS devices. Hope Nintendo can come up with something useful again someday. Or at least port their games to make some cash while they think up a new idea.

    • Protoman

      They should really push the 3D on people and bring back the Virtual Boy!

  • fransoccer

    Scot D, chill with the comments

    • KillerSpecialK

      I second this

    • Scot D

      OK What? When did commenting become bad? I don't understand?

  • Jake7905

    This is a great move by Nintendo, they zeroed in on a younger market and produced a device that fits it perfectly. But since that market doesn't include me, I'll be sticking with my iPhone/iPad for all my portable gaming.

  • Mike

    I'll wait for the 1.5DSXL

  • rednekzomby

    Go home Nintendo you're drunk!

    • pdSlooper

      I disagree with your sentiment, but agree with your method of expressing it.

  • http://damianvila.com Dmian

    Whoa! This is just a single screen with a plastic mask and a protective plastic on top to avoid using it as a touch screen! :O

    Clever piece of hardware.

  • zerilos

    Guarantee this thing sells like crazy.

  • bhornburg

    It's as if the Gameboy Advance SP came out first, and a year later they release a regular Gameboy Advance for cheaper without the clamshell design and backlit screen. Nintendo, you're going baaaaackwards...

    • zerilos

      Except it's exactly the same hardware for $30 less. You just can't fold it.

  • pdSlooper

    Looking at this makes me realize just how much I like Nintendo's clamshell designs. I bet this thing is sturdy as heck, though. That does a lot more for making it a kid's machine than the (not insignificant) price difference.

    I wonder what sort of bundles they'll make with this? Downloadable titles bundled in could be very attractive to parents whose kids lose their game cartridges.

    Also, in retrospect, Nintendo's conscientiousness regarding warning parents about the potential/unknown dangers of 3D gaming is kind brilliant.

  • zdstjohn

    After seeing video of people using it I'd rather have this than the original and I'm 25.

  • derek4real

    Total shit! Nintendo fucking sucks! I wish they'd go away already but we have dumb fuck parents still buying this crap for their dumb fuuck ugly spoiled useless little bastards

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore

    This is one of the worst ideas Nintendo ever had. Now, how should we play all those games where closing the lid is part of a puzzle?

    • Andrew Chen

      I would list Virtual Boy, Game Boy Micro, Giving Sony the Finger in the Mid-Noughties, N64 Cartridges, Gamecube industrial design, E3 2003 Pac-Man Extravaganza, 3DS Launch Plan, Wii U Launch Plan and (maybe) Tingle quite a bit ahead of this untested product.
      No Mother 3 localization falls more into the slot of Crimes Against Humanity.

  • http://ascii.textfiles.com/ iPadCary

    Wait a minute. "2DS" -- isn't that just .... a DS?!? DS/DS Lite/DSi/DSXL/2DS. What's the difference? Ohhh, right. This one plays 3DS games WITHOUT THE 3D. Like I said, Nintendo is an out of touch legacy company doomed to failure by being steamrolled by iOS. Let's-ah go!

    • pdSlooper

      That is the 3rd worst cancer.

  • mudrash

    Thought it was an April Fools joke!

  • Scot D

    You explaining the already realized and ending it with an unnecessary slam added oh so much to the discussion. What really happened is you took offense to my opinion and rambled on with nonsense.

    Oh and regarding the "Absurdity because people expressed a distaste for the XL when it was released." Holds no water. You can't "disprove" someones opinion based off other peoples opinions. I'm sorry, but it doesn't work like that. I offended you with my opinion and you retaliated in your own cute way. You can stop the superior act and pseudo reasoning.

    This comment section should be about games and our feedback. Not wanna be moderators.

    • Nick

      Clearly your lack of self esteem is getting in the way of admitting the pointlessness of your initial comment, which was the point I made.

      Posting "I have a 3DS, I won't get this. It looks ridiculous" is barely better than "First!" Comments.

      Say something worthwhile and I won't call you out.

      As for the slider on the 3DS versus this, you clearly have ignored the constant comments where it has been explained why it was made, the market it was made for and the clear understanding it was not made for you.

      Just like the leapfrog tablets aren't trying to sway adults who are trying to decide between android and apple, this is aimed at parents to buy for their kids. Kids that are at risk of damaging their eye development when they maybe sneak on the slider back to full 3D.  I would rather not have to monitor their playtime every 10 minutes to ensure the slider isn't turned on.

      This also allows kids to have a 3DS without needing the unnecessary 3D gimmick. Now, I have a 3D TV and all, and don't think it's a gimmick when it's done well, but on such a small screen, it ends up being more of a hassle for a large number of people.

      Simply put, had you posted a comment that actually promoted something worthwhile, this entire brouhaha wouldn't exist.

      And yes, the XL versions of the DSi and 3DS were made fun of regularly when they launched. They were also criticized for havin a larger screen without any scaling of image quality. The iPad received endless criticisms as well, I know because I was one of many, but look at how that turned out. So for all the "this thing is ridiculous" comments made here, there were as many about the iPad and the XL DS models

      Can we stop this now?  You seem to be unable to comprehend the words I'm typing.

      • Scot D

        LOL like Im gonna read that! I saw your first couple sentences and saw something about self esteem and calling me out on an opinion. Since youre focusing on my comment being useless and not realizing people can express opinions here (crazy right?) maybe you can moderate all the other comments that "add very little". There are a ton expressing distaste for that ugly piece of plastic. You're only in this to justify your senseless banter. You're a self centered loser who has nothing better to do. Get over yourself.

    • Nick

      Uh huh. You keep telling yourself that.

      You didn't read my message... But you addressed the entire thing...

      Something... Something is rotten in Denmark, and I think it's you!

      Here's hoping further comments will be less pointless. Here though, I'm done, my work is complete!

  • SkyrimMaster

    Dude, chill. What are you 4?

  • Ariathen

    hey, didn't they used to have a 2D handheld? wasn't it called...oh, yeah, they nintendo DS?! you know, the one JUST BEFORE the 3DS? that was originally released with the clamshell design so you could carry it with you easily? and wifi? so basically, we're taking a step BACKWARD, with a dumber design than it was originally released with? for a higher price tag than you could get the original DS for at gamestop, ebay, amazon or a Disc Traders? nintendo, u ar smrt.