Earlier today Nintendo formally announced the 2DS, which is essentially a 3DS that doesn't show images in 3D.

Interestingly, it does not feature the typical clamshell design we're all used to and it turns out that would have been pretty tough to accomplish, as the 2DS is in fact made up of just one screen — the appearance of two is just an illusion created by the casing.

In a product outline on USgamer, it's stated that in order to lower costs Nintendo reduced the number of screens in the system from two to one. Of course, this means the whole screen is a touchscreen but the top one cannot be pressed as it is protected by a layer of plastic that sits above it.

It would be interesting to know if this is the reason for the lack of clamshell design, though it's likely also down to the child-friendliness the lack of a hinge brings to the console.

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[via usgamer.net]