Nintendo is releasing a new version of the 3DS called the Nintendo 2DS. No, that is not a typo. The Nintendo 2DS can play 3DS games in 2D. It still supports backwards compatibility with DS games. It will also retain all the other features that the 3DS has. Essentially a 3DS minus the 3D slider.
I think this is a great idea. A cheaper way to be able to play 3DS games and a lot of people don't really seem to like the 3D gimmick. While this new redesign looks more confortable to hold, I am not diggin' the body. I've always liked the foldable design of the DS. Now the screen just look so exposed. That soft pouch shown in the video below will not protect the 2DS all that well. But seeing as they've included the pouch in the video, I am assuming that one is included in every box. With the lack of a foldable design, I hope there is a way to still be able to put the unit into sleep mode. Another disadantage of this new design is that (at least for now) you won't be able to clip on a Circle Pad Pro which might not be a big factor but it bums me out a bit. Perhaps this was the inspiration for the new design.
In North America, the Nintendo 2DS will be available in two color schemes, red/black and blue/black. In Europe, the 2DS will be available in red/white and blue/black options. The Nintendo 2DS is stated to come out in October 12th of this year and will be priced at $129.99.
What's your take on the Nintendo 2DS? Do you think Nintendo has made the right choice with this redesign? Sound off in the comments below.