If you've been eyeballing the Nintendo 3DS for a while but were always deterred by the price point and awkward 3D functionality - and trust me, I know that's a lot of you - then today is your lucky day: Nintendo has revealed a new version of its handheld system minus the 3D display and at $129.99, a $40 price cut from the current model's MSRP.
Dubbed the Nintendo 2DS, the new system is being marketed as an "entry-level handheld" for a younger audience despite utilizing the same UI and functions as the 3DS (including full DS backwards compatibility) in a non-folding tablet configuration. Nintendo marketing executive Scott Moffitt cut through some of that sales jargon in an interview with Gamespot, offering one of the most blatant no-shit statements I've heard in a while:
"We just wanted to continue growing the installed base and needed to find a way to get to a price point that was more accessible for a broad swath of consumers," he said. "As we surveyed the marketplace, it seemed to us that there was an opportunity for something at that lower, entry level price point,"
People like things cheaper? No way. Next you're going to tell me that it's a coincidence the 2DS is releasing on October 12, the same day as guaranteed system-sellers Pokémon X and Y. Coincidentally, the new tablet format doesn't look terribly pocket-friendly, turning the bestselling series' name into a misnomer for anyone picking it up for the new hardware. Probably want to stick with the name, though. Something tells me that Backpackpouchémon or Stylishhandbagémon wouldn't go over so well.