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Nintendo 2DS Announced August 28, 2013

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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No, that headline is not a typo. Nintendo has just announced the newest member of the Nintendo 3DS handheld family, the Nintendo 2DS.

The Nintendo 2DS looks to be a cheaper alternative to a Nintendo 3DS.  It lacks Nintendo’s glasses-free 3D screen, but is able to play any Nintendo DS or Nintendo 3DS game in 2D, as well as content downloadable from Nintendo’s eShop.

For anyone who may already have a 3DS or 3DS XL, I would not consider this an upgrade.  The device doesn’t look like it can fold in half, making the device less portable than previous version DS systems.  This was probably intended to be released for more budget minded customers who were not interested in playing their 3D content in 3D.  This seems to be unneeded as the 3DS’s 3D screen can be completely disabled, and will not work on non-3DS native content like with DS or downloadable Virtual Console games.

The Nintendo 2DS is coming October 12th, 2013.