Out of nowhere, Nintendo has announced and revealed a brand new version of their DS handheld. Meet the Nintendo 2DS, an entry-level iteration of the 3DS which plays all 3DS software, but in 2D rather than 3D. It will be available to buy this October, but we’ve seen that many gamers are already unhappy with the choice of design for the system.
Rather than opt for the same clamshell approach like the DS and 3DS, you’ll be surprised to hear that Nintendo has instead opted to use a tablet-like slate design for the 2DS. It certainly looks interesting on first glance and is definitely going to take some time to get used to as it can only be described as a pretty bold move by Nintendo’s design team.
On a more pleasing note, the 2DS is going to be available for just $129.99 and will retain 3DS features such as touch-screen support, dual screens, WiFi connectivity and access to the entire DS library. It means that for $129.99, you’ll still be able to play 3DS games with full multiplayer support which is pleasing.
Back to that design though, do you think you can handle a slate style handheld? We’ve already read plenty of complaints on Twitter, with most worrying that the system will now be unable to slot into a pocket easily like the DS or 3DS.
The Nintendo 2DS design looks like a slice of bread. pic.twitter.com/U1MEh1EP8H
— John™ (@Xbudz) August 28, 2013
We commend Nintendo for thinking of something entirely new, but let’s see how the sales figures go when the 2DS hits the market on October 12 – yes, the same date as the Pokemon X and Y launch. Give us your honest impressions of the design.