New entry-level option to play entire 3DS and DS libraries

2DS, 3DSNintendo announced a new addition to its DS family of consoles this past week.

Nintendo unveiled the 2DS, a new entry-level system, which Nintendo says is aimed at younger children. The new handheld console is flat in orientation,but still boasts the dual screen experience for which the DS and 3DS are named after.

In addition to its flattened look, the 2DS supports all 3DS and DS software, has the same Wi-Fi connectivity of its predecessors, supports the Nintendo E-Shop and includes the same great parental controls.

Gone from this version is the 3D functionality (as the name suggests) and since the system doesn’t open and close, the power control is a slider button similar to the original DS and DS Lite.

“The new Nintendo 2DS system gives you all the features of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, minus 3D viewing. And the price makes the world of Nintendo games even more accessible,” says the official Nintendo website.

The new console will launch (in red or blue) on Oct. 12 in North America at the price of $129.99. In comparison, the 3DS now sells for $169.99 and the 3DS XL sells for $199.99 in North America.

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