With the impending release of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One in November, electronics company Nintendo announced a 2D version of their 3D handheld gaming console. The Nintendo 2DS is set to go on sale on 12 October.
The new device will be made available in red and blue and will retail for $129.99 in the American market. While there has been complaints from gamers that the 3D effect on the 3DS is too strong, Nintendo confirmed that all 3DS games will be compatible with the 2DS.
“Imagine a standard 3DS laid all the way flat, and with the depth slider all the way down,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said. As to why Nintendo decided to develop a 2D solution, Fils-Aime explained that Nintendo is targeting younger gamers.
“We’re always thinking about what we can do that’s new, unique, different, and brings more people into this category that we love. And so with the Nintendo 3DS, we were clear to parents that, ‘hey, we recommend that your children be seven and older to utilize this device.’ So clearly that creates an opportunity for five-year-olds, six-year-olds, that first-time handheld gaming consumer.”
“We’ve always been thinking about, ‘how do we approach that as one target?’ And that certainly helped spur the idea of the Nintendo 2DS. Let’s have the consumer have access to all of these great games – Mario Kart 7, Animal Crossing – but do it in a 2D capability with a device that has a dramatically lower price point. That’s just an example of how we’re always thinking about, ‘how do we get more people playing games? How do we get more people playing Nintendo games?,” he added.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor