Quick! Check And See If It’s April 1st! No? Well Then What The Hell Is This Crap?
No, this is not a joke nor is it a typo folks. The gaming giant Nintendo has revealed plans to release their newest handheld device called The 2DS. This quirky (possibly a little slow) step-child addition to the Nintendo Entertainment family is set to hit the market on October 12th, with a price tag of $129.99
The 2DS is being advertised as an “Entry-level handheld system” which will be geared toward the younger gaming audience. It will feature a new slate/wedge design, as oppose to the 3DS’s Clam-Shell design. It will be fully compatible with the same games and contain all the same functionality of its 3DS cousin. Minus of course the actual 3D display function. The new portable console will come in both Red and Blue flavors and will include a 4GB card. It will also be compatible with the standard 3DS and DSi power cable adapters.
“We’re always thinking about what we can do that’s new, unique, different, and brings more people into this category that we love,” Fils-Aime continued. “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 does 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?’”
If you are feeling befuddled right now, you’re not alone. This move doesn’t make much sense to me, but then again I’m not Nintendo. Another thing to add to the bizarre nature of this device is the fact that you can actually take images in 3D with the 2DS… You just can’t look at it in 3D. But if you transfer the images to your 3DS they will display in full 3D.
And even if this is supposedly designed for children, it is still an ugly, bulky looking contraption. And considering that i can pick up a 3DS brand new for $169.99 i wouldn’t necessarily call a $40 dollar price cut being “dramatically lower”
Then again maybe there is a market for such a device. We will have to wait and see if this is just a desperate move by Nintendo or a calculated strike at consumers.
If for some reason you like owning obscure and simi-pointless items then the 2DS will be available to you on October 12th. (weirdo)
Stay tuned for more info on this…. thing.