Nintendo “2DS” Budget Model Announced

Um.

Well.

Huh. Alright then.

In a surprise move today, Nintendo announced the 2DS. Yes, that’s the actual name. The device is meant to be an “entry-level system” for younger gamers. It plays all the same games as a 3DS, including both 3DS and DS titles, but without the 3D functionality. Apparently the home screen is entirely unchanged as well. The system also sports some rather odd design changes, as you can see above. The 2DS will be the first Nintendo handheld since the Gameboy Micro not designed to fold in half, and the first DS system to ever be designed as such.

So what’s the selling point, really? The thing is enormous, impossible to fit in your pocket, and offers absolutely nothing to anyone who already has a 3DS. However, if you’re only just now looking to get current with the Nintendo handheld bandwagon but don’t really like the whole 3D gimmick, this thing may seem like a more valid option. On top of that, the device has been priced at $129.99, $40 less than a 3DS and $70 less than an XL. Basically, it’s Nintendo’s low-budget handheld. Question the necessity and practicality of a Nintendo-licensed Leapster all you like, but the price point could certainly sway some.

IGN got the chance to interview Reggie Fils-Amie, who spoke to explain the idea behind the system.

“Imagine a standard 3DS laid all the way flat, and with the depth slider all the way down. Everything else is there in the system. We’re always thinking about what we can do that’s new, unique, different, and brings more people into this category that we love, 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?’ 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?’”

Honestly, it doesn’t seem too out there if you’re a parent shopping for a system for your small child. The 3D capabilities of the 3DS are not advised for use by children under age 7, so for those younger gamers, the 2DS does seem like a logical step. Even the design, akin to that of a Leapster, makes sense under that logic. If you’re an adult or teenager, I would have to advise you put just a bit more money into getting a proper 3DS, though.

What do y’all think of this strange announcement? Will this thing sell at all? (putting my money on “no”) Let us know in the comments below!

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.heypoorplayer.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/011.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Jay is a pretty cool dude who doesn’t afraid of anything. Jay started writing at HeyPoorPlayer in the summer of 2012, but has always been a writer, be it in the form of articles and reviews here at HPP or in that of fiction written over at PkMnCast.com. Jay has been a gamer from a young age, first finding his legs on a GBA and a copy of Pokemon Sapphire. He enjoys a game with a strong narrative and art design, but also appreciates the retro stuff from before his time. Jay also has a passion for comics, movies and anime.[/author_info] [/author]

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Jay Petrequin started writing at HeyPoorPlayer in the summer of 2012, but first got his start writing for It's Super Effective, a Pokemon podcast that happened to be a reflection of two of his biggest interests: pocket monsters, and making people listen to him say things.

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