Nintendo 2DS--a 3DS without the 3D--coming for $129.99

By Steve Watts, Aug 28, 2013 8:47am PDT

Nintendo is making another hardware revision to the 3DS, this time without all that messy three-dee. The "Nintendo 2DS" is launching on October 12, a new version of the hardware that removes the 3DS functionality and changes the form from the traditional clamshell design. It will retail for $129.99 and will be available in red and blue.

Though the screen won't display images in 3D, the cameras will still take 3D images to transfer to those who do have a 3D-enabled system. It does away from the clamshell in favor of a sloped tablet-like design. The 2DS will also come equipped with most the built-in software of the 3DS, like Face Raiders and Find Mii. Instead of putting it to sleep by folding it, the sleep mode will be toggled with a switch. It will also include a 4GB memory card.

"We expect consumers to use it just the way they use a current 3DS," Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told Kotaku. "And, really, from a target standpoint, this is designed for that entry-level gamer. For a family of four with two kids, when you're looking at spending either $169.99 or $199.99 for two this holiday, now you've got a more affordable choice with Nintendo 2DS."

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