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Old 08-28-2013, 12:36 PM   #1
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Nintendo announces the 2DS

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Nintendo announced the 2DS today, a new entry-level handheld system. The 2DS will be available for $129.99 on October 12th (the same day as Pokemon X and Y) and features a slate-like design rather than the clamshell seen on DS and 3DS models.

The 2DS is fully compatible with all 3DS and DS games but does not include the ability to display games in 3D. It still features all the functionality of 3DS (WiFi, local multiplayer, etc.) and can be put to sleep using a slider that replicates closing the clamshell on a standard 3DS. WiFi can still be turned off, though it’s done via controls in the software rather than with a physical switch.

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“Imagine a standard 3DS laid all the way flat, and with the depth slider all the way down,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime explained to IGN. “Everything else is there in the system.”

The 2DS will launch in red and blue models to start and will be sold alongside the standard 3DS (still available for $169.99) and 3DS XL ($199.99). It will include a 4GB SD card and uses the same power source as 3DS and DSi. It also includes two cameras on the back side, so AR games still function and players can still take 3D photos -- they simply can’t be displayed on the 2DS, but are still viewable in full 3D if transferred to 3DS. The 2DS only includes one speaker, which plays mono sound, but features full stereo via its headphone jack.

According to Fils-Aime, the idea for the 2DS came from wanting to appeal to younger consumers, as the standard 3DS is aimed at players age seven and up.



Imagine a standard 3DS laid all the way flat, and with the depth slider all the way down. Everything else is there in the system.

“We’re always thinking about what we can do that’s new, unique, different, and brings more people into this category that we love,” Fils-Aime said. “And so with the Nintendo 3DS, we were clear to parents that, ‘hey, we recommend that your children be seven and older to utilize this device.’ So clearly that creates an opportunity for five-year-olds, six-year-olds, that first-time handheld gaming consumer."

"We’ve always been thinking about, 'how do we approach that as one target?'" he continued. "And that certainly helped spur the idea of the Nintendo 2DS. Let’s have the consumer have access to all of these great games – Mario Kart 7, Animal Crossing – but do it in a 2D capability with a device that has a dramatically lower price point. That’s just an example of how we’re always thinking about, ‘how do we get more people playing games? How do we get more people playing Nintendo games?’”

Keep checking back to IGN for more on the 2DS as we approach its October launch.
SOURCE - http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/08/...-announces-2ds

I'm really not digging the ugly design, but for $130, I'm sure I can manage
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:51 PM   #2
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Well it's for young kids so that's why it looks like a one of those leapfrogs or drawing tools.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:04 PM   #3
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Looks like they realized no one really cares for 3D. That design is atrocious too.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:43 PM   #4
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alot of people people are into this hand held thing

play while your bored kinda thing ....
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Nice! The 3D gimmick is foolish, anyhow, imho. At $130 retail, it won't be long before I'm scooping these up @ $40 and less as they flood CraigsList - yay!

As a long-time connoisseur of handhelds, I have seen FAR worse offerings in recent years. Its obvious they are leaning to the pad/tablet market, and that suits me fine - no cheaply made hinges to break! (The downside being you lose the protection of a closable, full-body shell.)

Prediction: This will be the 'PSP Go' of the DS family. (And thats fine by me; there is more than enough room in my cupboards for all of 'em.)
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Oh you nintendo.
Good aim for younger ages, considering they have to deal with ipads and stuff.
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:42 PM   #7
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Nintendo is definitely full of surprises, that's for sure. I kind of don't know what to think.

I don't care for the choice of design, that I do know. Meh, probably something I'll never add to the collection. Can be fun for the kiddies though.
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Not sure why all the 'kiddie' comments, its the SAME existing hardware in a different shell, heh.
(If anything, it would seem to be NOT very kid-friendly....looks like decent-sized hands are required, no?)

To mention the painfully obvious: Nintendo = family/'kiddie'-friendly company.
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Yuck! That design is shit...

But I guess it goes back to what Kona-chan said.
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Yuck! That design is shit...

But I guess it goes back to what Kona-chan said.
Pretty much.

@Big B, they did say themselves it's for kids. Mainly the no 3D aspect since 3D is (scientifically), 7+.

Actually this conversation might help people who for any reason have a problem with the design or the console itself;

22:52 - JemStar: Have you heard of the 2DS?
22:54 - Kryn: yeah
22:54 - Kryn: it looks cool
22:55 - JemStar: I don't get it but I haven't looked it up yet
22:55 - Kryn: it's just a 3DS with no 3D mode.
22:55 - Kryn: So kids under 7 can have one.
22:56 - JemStar: Ah okay
22:56 - JemStar: Makes sense

Ta-da.
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