Nintendo shows off brand new 2DS

In case you missed it, Nintendo released the 2DS handheld over the weekend. It’s copped a lot of flak, but if you’re in the market for a new, cheaper portable console, you might like to check this out.

Obvious differences between the 2DS and earlier DS and 3DS models: You can’t fold this one in half. The 2DS is a more simple (more sturdy) slate-like design instead, with the control pad and buttons positioned more comfortably, halfway up the vertical edges.

The name’s not just a clever tie-in, either. The 2DS has scrapped the glasses-free stereoscopic 3D of its closest sibling, also doing away with the stereo sound.

Don’t write this one off too early, though. It might sound like a joke and look like a kids’ toy, but the new Nintendo 2DS is more comfortable to hold, enjoys longer battery life, and is backwards compatible with the original DS. Also: Cheap. (Please note: Prices in the video are for US market only. Check with retailers for local pricing.)

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