Nintendo's 2DS handheld gaming platform.
Nintendo has announced a new handheld gaming system in the 2DS as a deliberately inferior option to its already available 3DS.
To be marketed as an entry-level handheld gaming device, this newest member of the Nintendo 3DS will be available in Red or Blue on October 12 at a suggested retail price of $129.99.
While the 2DS will be able to play the entire downloadable and physical video game library available for the 3DS, it will do so in 2D. The 3DS, which retails for $40 more, plays these same video game titles in glasses-free 3D.
Lack of 3D aside, Nintendo says the new hardware will maintain "many of the same hardware features as Nintendo 3DS: dual screens, game-play controls and touch-screen features."
The system will also be backwards compatible with the existing catalog of Nintendo DS.
Nintendo has not yet set a launch date for the 2DS but says one will be revealed just as soon as the device receives FCC authorization.