The Nintendo 2DS, an all-new handheld device and latest addition to the DS family, will launch on Oct. 12, Nintendo announces today.
The handheld device will be retailed at $129.99 and is available in two colours—red and blue. Players would be able to play all 3DS and DS titles, but in 2D. The Nintendo 2DS is unique in the sense it adopts an unhinged, tablet-like, slate appearance. Dual cameras are featured to take photos or record videos. Nintendo describes the 2DS as an "entry-level dedicated portable gaming system".
Carrying cases for the Nintendo 2DS will be sold at $13. Pokemon X and Y will be released on the same day as the Nintendo 2DS.
The introduction of the Nintendo 2DS is part of Nintendo's campaign to offer consumers "unprecidented levels of value and variety this holiday season". Included within Nintendo's holiday campaign are the following: a limited edition Wii U bundle featuring The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD coming Sept. 20, and a $50 price decrease for the Wii U Deluxe Set. Effective Sept. 20, the Wii U will be sold at the suggested retail price of $299.99. Considering Nintendo's disappointing sales regarding the Wii U, this price cut might device's retail sales up to speed.
Nintendo of America's president and chief operating officer Reggie Fils-Aime says in a statement his company is dedicated to making experiences with Nintendo products more accessible and affordable. "However you play and whatever you play, Nintendo has got you covered," Fils-Aime went on to say.
Check out the trailer for the Nintendo 2DS: