This new system will be yet another product in the 3DS line of handhelds but, rather curiously, will forgo the formerly titular 3D capabilities present in the all 3DS iterations made thus far.
This sudden announcement proved to shock and surprise gamers worldwide, many of whom took to forums and various social media platforms to fervently express their initial reactions. A large swath of Nintendo fans were baffled as to why the company would choose to release what seemed like an obviously downgraded product on the market.
The photos of the 2DS that Nintendo has released reveal that it has a large, flat face that displays the two screens and all the buttons, but no folding mechanism, bucking the trend of handhelds using the popular clamshell design.
Nintendo America President Reggie Fils-Aime was quoted as saying that this new system would be marketed towards much younger consumers and would offer that demographic a more affordable and suitable access point to portable gaming.
The 2DS will be able to play all 3DS games, just without the 3D. It will launch in North America on October 12th for $129 and will be available in both red and blue models.