When the Nintendo 3DS handheld was first released in 2011, a lot of attention was focused on its stereoscopic 3D capabilities, particularly after the failure of Nintendo’s previous venture into the third dimension, the Virtual Boy. The 3D nature of the handheld drew a lot of interest, but also some concerns, with a few people reporting headaches, nausea and other symptoms. To alleviate these concerns, Nintendo included the 3D Depth Slider with the handheld, allowing users to control the depth of the 3D they experience, or play games entirely in 2D.
In a surprise reveal, Nintendo have just announced the Nintendo 2DS – a handheld console capable of playing both Nintendo 3DS and DS games, with all of the same features as Nintendo’s latest handheld, just without the ability to play games in 3D. The console is sized similarly to the regular Nintendo 3DS, only has a single mono speaker (although stereo is available when using headphones) and replaces the traditional clam-shell design that was made popular with the Nintendo DS with a more flat appearance, with a “Sleep switch” added to allow the system to enter sleep mode. The handheld is due out in red-white and black-blue colours in both North America and Europe on 12th October – the same day as Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, with the announcement trailer indicating that the 2DS will offer value to consumers, with GAME offering pre-orders at £102.99.
What do you think about the Nintendo 2DS?