Nintendo 2DS coming October 12, backwards compatible with all 3DS, DS games

By on August 28, 2013, 4:00 PM

Interested in picking up a Nintendo 3DS handheld but not too keen on the idea of 3D technology? Well today is your lucky day as Nintendo has just outed the latest device in their handheld arsenal, aptly known as the 2DS.

Nintendo is billing the 2DS as an entry-level portable and the $129.99 price point backs up that notion. Aside from the obvious 2D limitations, the handheld also different from the 3DS in the fact that it doesn’t fold in half. Instead, it uses a flat form factor which could make transporting the device a bit less convenient at the very least.

Perhaps the most notable feature of the 2DS is the ability to play the entire collection of 3DS games which includes physical copies and downloaded titles – just not that it’ll do so in 2D. What’s more, the console will be backwards compatible with DS games as well. If you already have a nice collection of DS and 3DS games, you’d be able to jump right in with a 2DS and have plenty of games to play.

In related news, there are a number of highly anticipated 3DS games in the pipeline including Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Sept. 24), Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (Oct. 25), Skylanders SWAP Force (Oct. 13) and Sonic Lost World (Oct. 22).

The new portable console will be available starting October 12 in both red and blue color schemes. Nintendo is also producing matching red and blue carrying cases priced at $12.99 each.

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