Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nintendo Announces 2DS

In a move that will have gamers across the world checking their calendars, Nintendo have announced the latest addition to the 3DS family, the 2DS. At first glance, it looks like any number of fake handheld mockups that have popped up over the years, but this is real and set to launch on October 12, the same day as Pokemon X/Y. Pokemon is going to be a gargantuan release, and there are still plenty of people without a 3DS. The 2DS will sell for $130, $40 cheaper than the base model 3DS. With no hinges or 3D functionality, it makes it the perfect pickup for young children who are prone to dropping things or whose mothers are worried about the 3D effect somehow damaging their eyesight (were there any conclusive studies done on this?). 

It'll appeal to more than just younger kids of course. The cheaper price tag will appeal to anyone on a budget and the lack of stereoscopic 3D won't make a difference to those who never cared either way, but the new design couple with Pokemon mean Nintendo are bringing out the heavy artillery on the younger demographic. I can't help but wonder why Nintendo didn't take this opportunity to include a second circle pad as it doesn't look like the Circle Pad Pro will be compatible with this new model. In any case, Nintendo have once again shown us how brilliant they are at making millions by doing almost nothing.


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