Nintendo has announced a lower-tier version of its 3DS at a cheaper price and minus the folding design.
While Nintendo was the first to offer a 3D console, it seems the move hasn't worked as well as the company had hoped: in October, it will launch onto the market a new device called the 2DS. It is essentially the same as the 3DS, without the 3D, and without the clamshell design.
The big selling point of the 2DS will be its price point. In the US, it will retail for US$129.99, compared to the 3DS, which retails for US$169. In Australia, the 3DS retails for AU$199; the 2DS will come in at AU$149.95.
For gamers with a lower budget, the 2DS could be a real winner, allowing access to Nintendo's latest handheld games and the Nintendo eShop, something that the DS can't provide. It also has Wi-Fi and the 3DS' dual cameras, while a sleep switch on the bottom performs the same function as closing the 3DS.
The new console will be available in two colours, blue and red, on 12 October in Australia. A carrying case will retail separately.