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Nintendo launches 3DS successor...minus the 3D

Nintendo has taken a step backwards in order to come forwards, scrapping the 3D function on its handheld system.

The 2DS, which will launch in October
The 2DS, which will launch in October
Image: Nintendo

WHILE THEIR BIGGEST competitors prepare to take a step into next generation gaming, Nintendo has taken a decidedly retro decision.

Yesterday the Japanese gaming giant unveiled their new 2DS, a successor of sorts to the 3DS.

Gone is the battery-sapping and, possibly seizure-causing, 3D feature as well as the ability to fold the console.

In its place is a simpler console with no hinge that is priced at just $129 (there is no Irish price yet, but expect it to come in between €100-€120).

The short sell on the 2DS is an entry-level 3DS that allows gamers play the latest DS games without breaking the bank.

Of course, Nintendo has a dual-screen 2D system – it’s called the DS. But that hasn’t had new games in a long time and cannot connect to Nintendo’s e-shop.

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The console comes in a wedge shape and can be bought in red or blue. It will feature full backwards compatibility with over 2,000 DS games and can play all existing and future 3DS games.

(Nintendo/YouTube)

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