Multiple news sites are reporting that Nintendo is releasing a new Nintendo "2DS."

The new Gameboy will play all 3Ds and DS games in 2D. In addition to ditching the 3D the new gameboy also eschews the clam-shell design that all Gameboys have sported since the SP first came out in 2004. The new Gameboy is also priced lower than the 3DS at $129 MRP.

Here's Joystiq's article on the big reveal:

As I mentioned in the last Cheerfulghost Roundtable, 3D movies and games give me a headache, so I'm actually pretty intrigued by this new Gameboy. Not having to pay for a feature I would never use is a win in my book. But man, that new design is kinda ugly...

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 08/28/2013 at 08:44pm

That looks even more unwieldy than the horrible Wii U tablet controller!

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/28/2013 at 09:40pm

I'd be game for this if it were clamshell. It just looks so unwieldy like this. I can't exactly tuck this into my pocket.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 08/28/2013 at 10:12pm

Hmmm true, but I didn't stuff my gameboy in my pocket. It needs to zip up to go in my bag and it looks like it has a pretty nice travel bag.

The only stuff that goes in my pocket is my phone, keys and wallet. Trying to figure out how to ditch the wallet.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 08/28/2013 at 10:34pm

I'll help you out with your wallet.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 08/28/2013 at 10:37pm


What I mean is that I am considering getting an iPhone/wallet thing. It may not work, but dropping something I carry sounds like a good idea to me.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 08/28/2013 at 10:46pm

Turns out one of my friends is in a commercial for it (the "mom" character I guess).

It's smaller than I imagined, which makes it a little more palatable for me I suppose.

vdogmr25 wrote on 08/28/2013 at 10:46pm

I think this is a good idea. I know people who get headaches from 3D film and from the 3D in the 3DS or simply don't care. Giving an option that's cheaper because the feature is not part of the system is a good move.

From a design point, having the buttons higher up puts a bigger focus on the top screen where much of the button driven gameplay takes place. That's awesome. It's not as compact/lacks folding. That's not awesome.

Personally, I think I'd prefer the 3DS I already have, but there are people who will probably prefer this system.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 08/29/2013 at 12:59am

Seriously considering picking this up.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 08/29/2013 at 04:54pm

That or a regular DS. Ill have to see how much I can score a used DS lite for.

CapnCurry   Supporter wrote on 08/31/2013 at 02:41am

Gotta say, mixed reactions to this one. The 3-D screen was essentially the only differentiator between it and the las generation of Nintendo handhelds - it would be like if they released a Wii U that doesn't use the tablet controllers; it's completely aborting and entire generational step.

On the other hand, if that's how they get the 3DS price point down to where people actually start buying 3DS games, then I can't really call it a *bad* move.

Still, I think this is the first time that Nintendo has made an "inferior" version of any of their offerings: where the XBox and PS3 both had hard drive and no-hard drive models, a Nintendo has always just been a Nintendo. It makes me wonder if having to design for the underdog is going to rein in some of the potential that the 3D screen has to offer.

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