What do you get when you remove the hinge and 3D capabilities from a Nintendo 3DS? A 2DS, of course. And that’s the name of Nintendo’s just-announced handheld gaming system, which looks to be positioned as a entry-level portable gaming system at a very attractive $129 price point.
The system is compatible with all 3DS and DS games, but will only display in 2D. It’s thicker than standard tablets, which not only keeps the price down, but might also be better for small hands. With a release date of October 12, Nintendo would definitely like to see this be the hot holiday gift for junior gamers.
The system has two cameras on the back to maintain the ability to play AR games, and it can still take 3D photos – although they can’t be displayed in that format on the 2DS, and will need to be transferred to a 3DS to be fully appreciated. It ships with a 4GB SD card for storage and connectivity is through Wi-Fi. The system will launch in two colors, red and blue, both with a dark grey face. It has a single speaker, but stereo sound is available through the headphone jack.
Will the 2DS earn a place on your holiday list, or as a gift for a young gamer in your family? Let us know in the comments.