Nintendo 2DS is an entry-level portable coming Oct. 12

Another 3DS hardware revision is coming to market, but don't pitch your 3DS XL out the window quite yet. The Nintendo 2DS is intended as an entry-level version of Nintendo's current hardware generation, the company announced this morning.

The Nintendo 2DS is, much as it sounds, a fully 2D version of the handheld system which comes in a single hingeless case for $120. It can play all 3DS and DS games normally with a circle pad and touchscreen, and shoulder buttons migrated to the top of the device--just not in 3D.

2DS's front panel resembles the 3DS XL's matte black, and its back shell will come in red or blue. The kid-friendly system will launch on Oct. 12 in North America, the same date as Pokemon X and Y.


  • GOD - August 29, 2013 11:33 p.m.

    How is it entry level and more kid friendly if it isn't that much cheaper and doesn't close so it can't fit conveniently in your pocket and anywhere else you put it will see the screen getting super scratched because it'll be exposed all the time?
  • Krazee - August 28, 2013 11:27 p.m.

    Nintendo, what in Arceus' name were you thinking?
  • ObliqueZombie - August 28, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    Wow. Wow, that is UGLY.
  • brickman409 - August 28, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    I honestly think that this will remove some confusion with people who still think that the 3DS is just a DS with a 3D screen. They'll see that the 2DS has all the features of the 3DS, just without the 3D and they'll think to themselves "the 3DS had other features than 3D????"
  • BladedFalcon - August 28, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    They will also probably confuse it with a fancy doorstopper...
  • brickman409 - August 28, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    lol that's probably true
  • BladedFalcon - August 28, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    Seriously, Console makers today's attempts at making "original" designs only makes the consoles look more ridiculous. the 2DS looks like a doorstopper, the PS4 looks like a giant eraser, and the Xbone looks 35 year old VCR...
  • brickman409 - August 28, 2013 5:07 p.m.

    I guess it's some kind of modern art thing lol
  • C.King - August 28, 2013 11:51 p.m.

    i still don't get how u'd be able to streetpass without being able to close it, i have to carry a handbag now since it not pocket shove able? oooo cargo pants there we go satisfied now, but wait i gotta push a button to put it in sleep mode?! also i've been thinking of the 3ds as a gamer passport with the streetpass plaza's keeping track of where people u encountered from or portable wii with the home menu's setup and the games they share
  • Bansheebot - August 28, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    "Nintendo 3ds gets dot scratches when you close them and put them in anything but the baggyist pockets!" "Quick, remove the ability to close them!" Uh.
  • ParagonT - August 28, 2013 12:34 p.m.

    Holy shit, this thing has so much innovation packed in it, they actually went back in time. Day one buy for me no doubt!
  • BladedFalcon - August 28, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    Lmao, well played XD
  • BladedFalcon - August 28, 2013 11:59 a.m.

    WELP. I guess I should be thankful to Nintendo for making the iterations of the 3DS so crappy that in no way make me regret buying an original 3DS XD I mean, getting rid of the 3D is fine, as it's honestly pretty much useless anyway. (And it does make me slightly happy that even Nintendo is pretty much acknowledging this.) But having no hinges is beyond stupid. That thing doesn't look portable anymore, not by a long shot. Though I suppose that as many are saying, this thing is obviously made almost exclusive to sell Pokemon X & Y to children, so i guess I can't blame them. Even if it's depressing to think that kids would be stupid enough to somehow break the hinges.
  • shawksta - August 28, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    Amen. When Nintendo said they aren't making an new revision like DSi, they meant it, but that technically didn't account new models for the same revision of the 3DS with XL and now 2DS Crafty bastards.
  • C.King - August 28, 2013 11:43 p.m.

    imagine playing kid icarus uprising on that, i think i built up a bit of hand strength from it but i don't see how you'd position for this with all that extra space on the bottom weighing it off balance
  • Frieza - August 28, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    And to think Nintendo could have used the money making this ugly thing on making the WiiU better or something... Hmm...
  • shawksta - August 28, 2013 11:48 a.m.

    So basically reincarnation of Gameboy advance Mini Don't care, different audience intention, or whatever I'm sticking with my Aqua Blue Original. 2DS is clearly as intended, a not 3D 3DS in a smaller no clapping version.
  • JarkayColt - August 28, 2013 11:15 a.m.

    Is this REAL? Oh, wait. Yes. Yes it is. What an absolutely strange contraption. What actually is the point in making a hinge-less 3DS? Like, how does that even make it easier to use? Also, having the buttons right up there looks really weird (all that space in the bottom corner...ugh). I could use the Game Boy and GBA SP fine as a kid, so why not follow the "buttons near the bottom" layout that those had? The only reason they're up there is because of the shoulder buttons...y'know, that could be solved if they could put them in the middle behind a hinge maybe? XD Oh no, wait, I suppose a better way of looking at this is that it's a 3DS Micro I guess?, actually, that thing hardly looks pocket-friendly. What about streetpass!? Also Nintendo's naming conventions are getting really confusing for the general consumer. Are Nintendo going to have to start putting "compatible with Nintendo 2DS and 3DS" on every 3DS game from now on so that people know what all the "2DS" games are? FYI I think that this will PROBABLY do okay and satisfy a small niche of potential customers, but it does look pretty stupid.
  • Terrorrizor - August 28, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    I'd buy it, not because it's apparently "safer" or anything, just because it's cheaper. But if it's like only a $50 difference like someone else mentioned, I'll go with the 3d one.
  • Zepaw - August 28, 2013 10:58 a.m.

    Considering how little I used the 3D when I had a 3DS I would consider this. However it is still nice to turn it on at times. Not a bad idea for sure, except the name. Seriously that name...

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