Nintendo has just announced its newest handheld in the DS line-up – the Nintendo 2DS. Yes, that’s right 2DS, not 3DSi or 4DS or anything really groundbreaking. The Nintendo 2DS, which will be released October 12, will have all the same functions of the 3DS except no 3D features and graphics. It is still backwards compatible and will play all DS and 3DS games.
What’s most surprising about the Nintendo 2DS is the price. Its manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $129.99 USD. At the date of this posting, the Nintendo 3DS is selling at $169.99. Reggie Fils-Amie, the president of Nintendo of America, has gone on record saying that the new Nintendo 2DS is for “the entry-level consumer looking for lower-priced access to a fantastic library”. Its nice to see someone caring about our wallets.
What’s most interesting to me is that the October 12 release of the Nintendo 2DS coincides with a huge game release around the world on the same day – Pokemon X and Y versions. Nintendo might be trying to drive up the sales of the Nintendo 2DS with the new Pokemon games. Seeing the price point, it is tempting for those who have not yet purchased a Nintendo 3DS to purchase the Nintendo 2DS while at the register getting the new Pokemon games.
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