Nintendo has announced a rather surprising addition to their consoles with the 2DS. This is a 3DS handheld, but in compact format for a lower price. Its most surprising trait is that it doesn’t come with hinges and instead is just one large slate with directional controls fixed in the middle, while the shoulder buttons will now be two giant strips on the top. The other characteristic is that the device does away with 3D view, which sort of defeats the point of the technology, but it’s a small concession for awesome games like Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Mario & Luigi coming out on the platform.
Still, that’s not the only thing that the device will let go, in order to be the most affordable of its now three generations. A rather strange choice is to revert the screens back to the size of the original model, while the 3DS XL showed off visual superiority with its panels. Certainly as it’s going for a tablet feel, having a smaller work room seems counterproductive. More so, the 2DS is the only one to only have 1 audio channel and produce monaural sound, though stereo is accessible through headphones. Finally, there is no power saving mode. In return, Nintendo will include a power adapter with a purchase, which wasn’t the case with the 3DS XL, for reasons. So, it’s a little give and take. Full specifications for the handheld in comparison are available below.