The Nintendo 2DS will launch on Oct. 12, the same day as Pokemon X and Pokemon Y at a suggested retail price of $129.99 and will be available in either red or blue colors. The handheld will support all Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games but only in 2D.
This is perhaps a sign that the 3D fad in gaming is ending.
Interestingly, Nintendo designed the 2DS in a fixed, slate-like form factor. It still sports the two screens for gameplay though along with all of the other features of the 3DS such as the wireless connectivity, the eShop, Spot Pass and more.
The Nintendo 3DS has been selling well enough to exceed sales of the original "fat" Nintendo DS but not of the DS Lite in the same time period. The much lower entry price could allow the Nintendo 2DS and 3DS to sell at around the same levels if consumers accept the new form factor. The 2DS appears to be more durable than the 3DS since it doesn't fold but it also loses some of the portability as a result.
The Nintendo 2DS will join the current Nintendo mall tour in October until it ends on Nov. 3. Cities on the schedule during that time period include Tulsa, OK, Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, Denver, CO, Tempe, AZ, San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA.
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