Nintendo has finally released the newest model of the Nintendo DS in the United States, Europe, and Australia. The Nintendo 2DS, as you might remember, is basically a budget-friendly and simplified version of the Nintendo 3DS. It loses the 3D top screen functionality and removes the hinge.
It may be 2D-only, but it can still play existing 3DS games. The larger top screen has a resolution of 400×240, while the touch-sensitive bottom screen has a 320×240 resolution, measures 3 inches, and works with the stylus, which is included. It also comes with a 4GB SD card and a 1,300mAh battery. Rounding things out are a 3D camera on the back, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Having simplified the device, the price comes down with those changes as well. The price of the console is $130 in the US. That’s $40 cheaper than the original Nintendo 3DS, and $70 cheaper than the larger Nintendo 3DS XL. I’m still not sure that Nintendo fans are sold on this device. It’s basically marketed toward consumers who want a cheaper version and don’t need 3D. Time will tell how well this sells for Nintendo, who could really use some extra sales right now since the Wii U isn’t moving units.