Nintendo 2DS Announced!

Just when you thought that Nintendo wouldn't come out with another gaming console anytime soon, not even a year after the Wii U was introduced, today they have announced another addition to the Nintendo 3DS family -- well, sort of. Enter the Nintendo 2DS, a 2D handheld gaming system with all of the capability of the Nintendo 3DS, minus the 3D viewing experience. The price point for the 2DS is set at $129.99, making it a little more accessible than the 3DS if cost was a hindrance in purchasing the system. Nintendo has said that the 2DS will play all 3DS games in 2D mode, and is also backwards compatible with over 2000 Nintendo DS games. The 2DS does not have a closing cover like their 3DS brothers and sisters, so having a protective case and screen protectors seems like it would be more of a necessity than an optional purchase if you want to keep your system safe and scratch-free. So far, the only colors available are red and blue; maybe depending on how sales go we might see more colors introduced in the future.

We have several 3DS and 3DS XLs, but rarely play in 3D mode, so if we ever wanted to get another system, the 2DS might be a viable option for us. We haven't seen any detailed specs on the system yet, so not quite sure how large the screen size is and how it compares to the 3DS/3DS XL systems, but that probably won't make a difference in whether we purchase the unit or not anyway. We'll probably pick up one just because it's a new Nintendo system, the price point is decent, and we just like the reminiscent feel of playing on a GameBoy Advance.

More information on the new Nintendo 2DS can be found here:

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