Nintendo have unveiled the all-new redesigned Nintendo 2DS today, an affordable alternative to the Nintendo 3DS.
Available in Red or Blue and launching on October 12th, the 2DS will be priced at US$129.99 and £109.99.
Australian pricing and release date is yet to be revealed. [UPDATE]: Nintendo Australia has just sent word the 2DS will be priced at $149.95/NZ $179.95 RRP, launching October 12th in both regions.
The Nintendo 2DS is capable of playing the entire library of physical 3DS games, as well as digital downloads, just minus the 3DS aspects. The 2DS also does not have a flip-open design, adopting an always open appearance with a distinctive fixed, slate-type form and aesthetic design more in-line with the Wii U gamepad.
An optional carry case in both Red and Blue will also be available at launch, priced at US$12.99 which suggests that no carry case will be included with the console, most likely to keep the entry price point as low as possible.
Despite missing out on the 3D, the 2DS still retains dual screens, game-play controls and touch-screen features. It is backward compatible with the existing DS library of games, and has wireless connectivity for online gaming, video content and digital download access to the eShop.
Essentially, the 2DS is made for playing at home and when you factor in how rarely most gamers actually use the 3D aspect of games, it’s actually a smart move on Nintendo’s part.
Below are videos to provide a better look at the 2DS:
Those eager to try out the new console will get an opportunity early in October when Nintendo takes the 2DS on a tour through select locations. More details available at http://www.nintendo.com.
So the big question, would you buy a 2DS if you already own a 3DS?