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Nintendo has announced a new entry to their handheld family. What’s Nintendo calling it? Well it’s not called the Nintendo 4DS if that’s what your thinking, which I’m sure you were. It’s called the Nintendo 2DS of course, “an entry-level dedicated portable gaming system.” This little baby available for $129.99 on October 12th and in comparison to the clamshell design of the DS and 3DS models, the 2DS has a slate-type design. What we wonder is where the infrared sensor is, because do to it’s new design, we very much doubt that it’ll be compatible with any Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad Pro attachments and chances are, they’ll have to release a whole new one. October 12 also marks the release of Pokemon X and Y.
The 2DS is of course 100% compatible with all 3DS and DS games but does not have the ability to play games in auto-stereoscopic 3D. The 2DS features all the functionality of the 3DS (WiFi, local multiplayer, dual display, ect) and can be put to sleep using a slider. You can disable the WiFi but this will be controlled in the software rather then a physical switch like the 3DS.
The Nintendo 2DS will launch in two different colors and will include a 4GB SD card. There are also two cameras on the back, so AR games will still function and can still take 3D photos. You just see it in 3D unless you transfer the photos to a 3DS. This model will only have one speaker but if you plugin a headset, you’ll be able listen in full stereo sounds.
“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?”
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