Under the somewhat confusing title Nintendo 2DS, the new budget handset will be able to play both 3DS and DS games (similar to the 3DS system), but the device will not support three-dimensional graphics, a key feature of the original 3DS system.
The 2DS will offer a similar look to that of its more expensive counter-part, though the new handheld will be noticeably thicker and won't offer a collapsible hinge design.
At launch Nintendo will offer the 2DS in both red and blue, while the back of the device will sport a black or white cover depending upon the region. It will come equipped with dual screens, a single speaker, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 4GB SD card.
Nintendo announced this new portable gaming console in conjunction with news of an upcoming price drop for its current Wii U home console. The cheaper price could put Nintendo in a better position this holiday season after the company has struggled to move units, and the new 2DS could help the company leverage its strong position in the handheld market. Offering a cheaper handset variant will set up Nintendo to remain competitive with its rivals like Sony Entertainment; which recently dropped the price of its handheld system the Sony Vita to $200.
The Nintendo 2DS will be available for purchase starting on October 12 for $130.
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