Nintendo will be launching a new portable gaming system in October. It’s called the Nintendo 2DS. It’s a 3DS without the 3D, and it’s shaped like a thin piece of cake. Reactions online have been anything but positive. Main responses slamming the fact that it doesn’t fold, there’s no 3D rendering and the ‘ugly’ pie-shaped look.
“This is an entry-level handheld gaming system,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told Kotaku earlier this week when we got our hands on the unusual device.
The name alone sparked confusion of the launch being a joke, as the current Nintendo model is called 3DS. The system is compatible with all 3DS and DS games. Its two screens are the same size as those of the original 3DS, smaller than those on the Nintendo 3DS XL. The 2DS’ upper screen will not render graphics in 3D, though the system’s two outward-facing cameras will still take photos and video in 3D, saving those files on a memory card so that they can be transferred to hardware that does display 3D imagery. The 2DS will sell for $129.99 and will be available in red or blue. That price makes it $40 cheaper than the Nintendo 3DS and $70 cheaper than the Nintendo 3DS XL.
This is a drastic step in a different direction for Nintendo. If the reactions are anything to go by then we are afraid the 2DS will not do to well. Nintendo is hoping the new 2DS handheld console will work alongside the Wii U price cut to boost sales in the crucial Christmas season.