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Nintendo has announced the Nintendo 2DS, the latest handheld to join the 3DS family.

The Nintendo 2DS is a revised take on the existing 3DS, featuring dual screens and full compatibility with Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS titles.

However, it lacks the 3D capability of its predecessor and the folding, clamshell design. Instead, it features a flat design, and either a red/white or blue/black finish.

The handheld arrives in the UK on October 12, 2013 for £109.99, and is available to pre-order from GAME.

Nintendo describes the 2DS as an "entry-level dedicated portable gaming system" and is "designed specifically for anyone looking for a more affordable entry point into the world of Nintendo hand-held video games".

"Nintendo has one of the strongest and most diverse video game lineups in our history," said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America president and COO. "Today we're making those unique Nintendo experiences more accessible and affordable. However you play and whatever you play, Nintendo has you covered."

Source: Nintendo Press Release, GAME

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timidmeow@ BrySkye

I've gotten lots of streetpass tags too, but I think you're right about the 3DS right now having mostly mature gamers playing it. Because the one place where I've never gotten a streetpass tag, where one would expect it because of the large concentration of children, is the YMCA. Most big places or events I go to I can get at least one streetpass, even the DMV that one time.
I'm still not sure how I feel about the 2DS.
Posted 21:32 on 30 August 2013
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ritty

The cheapest place to buy right now is zavvi.com at £108.99

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Posted 18:32 on 30 August 2013
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dav2612

Strangely enough, I rather like the look of it. If that had been announced a few weeks earlier I would probably have gone for that rather than the 3DS as I don't use the 3D and I never put it in my pocket.
Posted 09:40 on 29 August 2013
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munkee

Perfect. An affordable Nintendo that won't make your kids go blind and arrives just in time for Xmas/Pokemon. Well played, Nintendo.

Ugly little bugger, isn't it?
Posted 21:48 on 28 August 2013
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BrySkye

I never said lots didn't. Lot's doesn't mean it's the majority though.

...can we please just get over the cheap plastic that wouldn't look out of place in an old Vauxhall Cavalier?
It's exactly the same styling and materials as the Wii Mini. The two were probably conceived at around the same time.
I might have considered a Wii Mini myself if it was still backwards compatible with the Gamecube.

Speaking of, I'll say it again. The Gamecube controller, especially the purple one, also looked very Fisherprice.
I distinctly remember myself discussing that controller with friends and being very worried about it... actually think I somewhat denounced it for looking so daft.
Pretty silly of me really.
Ultimately it was pretty damn comfortable. The black and later silver ones didn't look so offensive either. While it had it's flaws, being unsuited to FPS games for example, it was brilliant for the kinds of games Nintendo themselves were releasing.
Which is how it always is really. The N64 controller was designed almost entirely around Super Mario 64.
Nintendo don't do things without some reasoning.
I'm really quite disheartened that the analysis of the design has been somewhat shallow.
Posted 21:30 on 28 August 2013
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FantasyMeister

I think the design is inspired, it's almost 'My First Tablet' which is what I think they have in mind, and of course they'll get a whole new generation hooked on Nintendo games this way.

Most amazing of all, there weren't any whispers of this in the press before it was announced. At all. How's that for keeping a secret?
Posted 21:27 on 28 August 2013
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pblive@ MJTH

That's it, though. 7 and under you'd be hard pressed to see kids taking any console into school. Pre-teens and up is more likely. Certainly late primary and early secondary school, but not 8 and below. This looks like aiming at the Leapfrog style market.
Posted 21:17 on 28 August 2013
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pblive

Loads of kids have a 3DS, certainly a lot of pre-teens. Vita is certainly more adult-based, but 3DS is a family handheld.

The 2DS is chunky, has less moving parts to break and comes in 2 primary colours. It pretty much screams out 'younger players'. As I said before, Nintendo have been worried about these reports from doctors of the effect of 3D on younger eyes and this is a good way of getting a budget price console for the families who don't want their younger children to have a console with 3D.

It's pretty obvious that it wasn't designed to replace the 3DS, otherwise it would be designed the same way. It's aimed at a particular demographic. That's why, as someone mentioned earlier, it looks a bit 'Fisher price'.
Posted 21:14 on 28 August 2013
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BrySkye

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The majority of people I see around town and in the city have them, as can be seen from my streetpass numbers and all the kids and adults I see with them in cafes and supermarkets etc.

I always have a 3DS or Vita with me when I'm out, too.

And I can provide a completely opposite scenario. The only streetpass I ever found was from walking past the bloody game store where I bought it.
One of the staff trying out a new game.
I've only ever seen about 4 people with a 3DS in public.
I've never seen anyone with a Vita.
PSP I've seen a couple of times and a normal DS maybe two dozen.
Once I got an iPhone last year, I've never seen any need to carry a more bulky and heavy console around the shops, etc.
Especially with the likes of Phoenix Wright on iOS.

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This should say, the majority of mature gamers don't take portable consoles out and about anyway.

Should it? Not to discount younger gamers, but the majority of 3DS and Vita owners are those 'mature' gamers.
So the point stands. I just said the majority of portable console owners and I stand by that despite the popularity with younger gamers.
Even then it doesn't change that the majority of time these systems are played is still within the home.
Besides, look how thin this thing is. You could easily slip it into a school bag.

My real problem with the 2DS is that it still seems too expensive.
At least when I can buy a 3DS XL on Amazon for £150... oh wait... hang on...
Heh, it seems Amazon have bumped the 3DS XL price up to £164...
Well ain't that interesting.
Posted 20:52 on 28 August 2013
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Mr_Arrogant_95

I honestly thought I'd just clicked on The Daily Pixel; this is the dumbest thing I've seen Nintendo do in a while. I just... I have no words for this stupidity.
Posted 20:26 on 28 August 2013
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Endless

It's a 180! Nintendo is pulling a 180! They have no faith and I have no trust in 3D anymore >.>
Posted 20:25 on 28 August 2013
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MJTH@ BrySkye

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The majority of people don't take portable consoles out and about anyway.

This should say, the majority of mature gamers don't take portable consoles out and about anyway. People under estimate the amount of children who own Nintendo portables. Many children still take their handhelds to school to play with their mates. Either to play pokemon or Mario Kart etc.

When I was in secondary during lunch times, a lot of people in my year used to play pokemon on their DS's during lunch. When it was nearing the end of the year we'd hold Mario Kart tournaments and would get 20-30, just from my year group.

Young children who play multiplayer games at school with their friends are the biggest demographic of people who regularly bring their portables out with them. Much bigger then the audience of people play games on the way to/ at work, who make up the a majority of people when it comes to posting on video game sites.

So it's a bit strange that they say they're specifically aiming for this younger audience of less then 7 year olds, the biggest demographic of users who appreciate the portability of a handheld, but make it less portable.

I mean come on, how would a child sneak this to school in the morning when you can't put it in your pocket and your mum has your bag so she can put your lunch in it.
Posted 19:45 on 28 August 2013
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pblive@ BrySkye

The majority of people I see around town and in the city have them, as can be seen from my streetpass numbers and all the kids and adults I see with them in cafes and supermarkets etc.

I always have a 3DS or Vita with me when I'm out, too.
Posted 19:43 on 28 August 2013
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BrySkye@ pblive

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They're usually better at that. I can see it has a pouch that comes with it to carry, but it won't fit in a pocket and looks odd to hold.

The majority of people don't take portable consoles out and about anyway.
Apart from size (let's not forget the original Gameboy or Game Gear), they are usually pretty heavy for anything but a big coat pocket.
Posted 19:22 on 28 August 2013
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DancingRhino

Burn it with fire!
Posted 18:57 on 28 August 2013