Nintendo removes a dimension

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Nintendo announced the 2DS today. It’s sort of like the hand-held 3DS except it doesn’t do the 3D part. It also doesn’t have the familiar DS hinge in the middle. The 2DS comes in what Nintendo calls a “slate” form factor. The 2DS will be compatible with all DS and 3DS games, sans the 3D of course. The system will come with a 4GB SD card for storage. Curiously, the 2DS does have the front-facing cameras like the 3DS so it can take stereoscopic pictures for eventual transfer and viewing on a 3D system. Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime, said that the device is not aimed at the hardcore gamer.

“We definitely believe there are consumers looking for value in handheld devices. We have always thought about the entry-level consumer.”

The Nintendo 2DS will launch on October 12th in North America for $129.99.