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Nintendo Removes A Dimension From The 3DS

Posted 8/29/2013 8:30 am by
The Nintendo 2DS shakes off that pesky third dimension.

The Nintendo 2DS shakes off that pesky third dimension.

Some people have problems with 3D media.  For some folks, 3D causes headaches and nausea.  For me, 3D movies are fine (most of the time), but 3D-rendered video games are just too much for my poor brain to handle, and if I game too long I get headaches, nausea, and a host of other irritating bad-time ailments.  That’s one of the reasons why I never tried out the Nintendo 3DS.  It has games I want to play, but that third dimension (and its initial higher price) was too much for me to deal with, so I never bothered.  However, it looks like Nintendo has solved both problems.  Nintendo will be releasing the 2DS, a cheaper, non-3D version of the 3DS system.

“This is an entry-level gaming system,” said Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime to Kotaku.  “And, really, from a target standpoint, this is designed for that entry-level gamer. For a family of four with two kids, when you’re looking at spending either $169.99 or $199.99 for two this holiday, now you’ve got a more affordable choice with Nintendo 2DS.”

Indeed it is, Reggie.  The 2DS will be a cheaper “slate” style, rather than the fold-up clamshell that Nintendo has been using for its systems for the past 8 years or so.  It will have the same screen sizes as the original 3DS, and is actually lighter and thinner than the machine it accentuates.  However, it’s still a pretty big chunk of plastic, and there’s a lot of plastic versus the screen sizes.  It also comes with mono sound, rather than stereo (though it still has two cameras on the back for taking 3D pictures you can display on your 3DS).  Nintendo even redesigned the shoulder buttons, aligning the system for something supposedly more hand-comfortable than using the clamshell system.  Still, that remains to be seen; however, at a significantly discounted price point from a standard 3DS, it’s a pretty interesting purchase, and seems ideal for a younger demographic.

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