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Nintendo surprises with 2DS handheld console, £109 in UK

by Mark Tyson on 29 August 2013, 10:00

Tags: Nintendo 3DS, PC

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Nintendo has surprised industry watchers by launching a new handheld console based upon the 3DS games console but with the stereoscopic effect slider removed. Also, despite possessing dual screens the new device is not a clamshell design but a wedge shaped slab. The new model is called the Nintendo 2DS and is being marketed at $129 in the US and will be available for £109 in the UK.

The 2DS is then, a cheaper entry level into 3DS handheld gaming without the stereoscopy which some people found caused headaches and/or visual problems and meant that health warnings for young children (6 or under) had to be flagged up in games. Also it must be noted that stereo speakers, as present on the 3DS and 3DS XL are replaced with a mono speaker on the 2DS but stereo sound is still available via the headphone socket. The new 2DS boasts full software compatibility with the 3DS and 3DS XL but just skips the 3D viewing effect, it can also play most Nintendo DS games.

Side by side: 2DS, 3DS, 3DS XL

The console redesign doesn't make the 2DS very pocketable compared to most of its predecessors. The tombstone shaped Nintendo 2DS is however designed into a wedge shape so that the upper screen is higher up when the unit is placed flat on a table. The new hardware design will afford Nintendo room to make the 2DS at a more attractive price to parents of younger children and remove some of the eye health worries of 3DS gaming.

The Nintendo 2DS will be available from 12th October in the US and the UK, that's the same date as  Pokemon X and Y are released. US pricing has been set at a recommended $129.99. Meanwhile in the UK GAME are accepting pre-orders of the console for £109.99. Initially the console will be available in black & blue or white & red colour combinations.

Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's president and COO said of the newly announced 2DS console "Today we're making those unique Nintendo experiences more accessible and affordable. However you play and whatever you play, Nintendo has you covered."

Wii U price cut news

We've had some big Wii U price cuts in the UK from retailers like ASDA wanting to shift stock but now Nintendo US has issued notice of an official price cut of $50 off the Deluxe Set with 32GB of storage, bringing the recommended price down to $299.99. Also Big N announced a limited-edition Wii U bundle featuring The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD would launch on 20 September.



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This would be a winner for me, I like the 3DS games, just don't care much for the 3D effect and don't really take a handheld anywhere with me when I'm out, I'd rather just listen to music.

It WOULD be a winner if it wasn't for that awful control layout! Why did they shift everything upwards instead of keeping the same positions down by the lower screen?
It looks like a good device, I enjoyed my Nintendo DSi XL and didn't make much use of it's folded size.

BiblicalShower
It WOULD be a winner if it wasn't for that awful control layout! Why did they shift everything upwards instead of keeping the same positions down by the lower screen?
I suspect that is because of the design, having the weight at the top makes it more difficult to hold steadily at the bottom so the compromise is to hold it in the middle.
The Nintendo 2DS will be available from 12th October in the US and the UK, that's the same date as Pokemon X and Y are released. US pricing has been set at a recommended $129.99. Meanwhile in the UK GAME are accepting pre-orders of the console for £109.99. Initially the console will be available in black & blue or white & red colour combinations.
I think I must be missing something here - the “full fat” 3DS is only £25 more (checked at Game) and that's surely got the advantages of stereo speakers, easier pocketability plus the 3D there if you change your mind and fancy a go. If I was in the market for a game console (which despite owning a DSi and DSi XL) then I'd pay the extra - although these days tablet gaming is more appealing to me personally.
I really dislike the ‘slab’ design, I preferred it as two folding parts, but a good concept, I for one am unable to use 3D settings on such devices for health purposes so this could appeal
crossy
The Nintendo 2DS will be available from 12th October in the US and the UK, that's the same date as Pokemon X and Y are released. US pricing has been set at a recommended $129.99. Meanwhile in the UK GAME are accepting pre-orders of the console for £109.99. Initially the console will be available in black & blue or white & red colour combinations.
I think I must be missing something here - the “full fat” 3DS is only £25 more (checked at Game) and that's surely got the advantages of stereo speakers, easier pocketability plus the 3D there if you change your mind and fancy a go. If I was in the market for a game console (which despite owning a DSi and DSi XL) then I'd pay the extra - although these days tablet gaming is more appealing to me personally.

And a PSVita is another £20 (£147) on top of that… I guess options are never bad! Still love my £99 second hand vita. First hand held console i've owned that i've really used.