Say Hello To The Nintendo 2DS - A 3DS without 3D

$129.99 price, launches in October

Update:

GAME has rather quickly revealed its UK pricing for the 3DS, detailed below. It has a price of £109.99 and includes a 4GB SD card, as well as a charger — the 3DS XL does not include a charger in Europe.

Original article:

Well, that was unexpected. Nintendo has just revealed the latest addition to its handheld family of consoles: the Nintendo 2DS.

A tablet-style games console which is essentially a 3DS without the auto-stereoscopic screen, the 2DS has full compatibility with retail and downloadable 3DS titles as well as backwards compatibility with DS games. The device doesn't have the same folding form factor of the 3DS, but instead opts for a "slate" profile, with the controls arranged next to the upper screen. It will cost $129.99.

Available in both red and blue, the 2DS will ship October 12th alongside optional carry cases, which will retail for $12.99. The European launch is also confirmed as October 12th, but no price has been set at the time of writing.

What are your thoughts regarding this left-field hardware release? Will this be another Wii Mini, or could the 2DS continue Nintendo's dominance of the handheld gaming arena? Let us know your thoughts by posting a comment, and below are a lot of images brought to you via Nintendaan.