Nintendo Unveils Budget-Priced 2DS Handheld Console

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The same day Nintendo announced plans to drop the price of its Wii U console, the Japanese video game firm unveiled an entirely new device: the 2DS.

Unlike other versions of the DS (or dual screen), most of which fold in the middle, the 2DS is one large slate. It still features two screens, though, and is compatible with all DS games, including those available for the 3DS.

As the name suggests, unlike the 3DS the 2DS doesn’t feature three-dimensional visuals. But that may not be a problem for gamers who found playing the 3DS really strained the eyes.

Like other tablet computers on the market, the Nintendo 2DS comes equipped with two cameras capable of taking pictures or recording video.

Aside from its form factor and switch to 2D video, the 2DS will draw attention for its price: Nintendo says the device will launch on October 12, 2013 for just $130. It will also come with a free game: Pokemon X and Y.

In comparison, the 3DS retails for $170.

Nintendo is making clear that the 2DS release is no indication the firm is moving away from 3D gaming.

“It doesn’t mean that we are not committed at all to 3D and that we don’t think that’s a really valuable, unique eye-popping feature for a lot of gamers,” said Nintendo marketing leader, Scott Moffitt.

“We just wanted to continue growing the installed base and needed to find a way to get to a price point that was more accessible for a broad swath of consumers.”

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