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In a move that we suspect few, if anyone saw coming, Nintendo has suddenly announced a new portable console, called the 2DS.

The console though, is not a successor to the 3DS (review), or in the same league as the 3DS XL (review). In fact, it has ditched the clamshell design entirely, coming in as a solid slate-like slab, with the familiar dual screens and controls and thus no second analogue stick.

While the new device can play DS and 3DS games, it does not have a 3D display. This might explain its target market, apparently young children, whose eyesight was purportedly adversely affected by the 3DS’ lenticular screen anyway.

Additionally, the 2DS will be arriving at a lower price point of $130 (R1 300) Stateside in October, perhaps making it an easier gift, and gateway into the DS game ecosystem, for one’s kids.

For a quick look into the new system, take a look at the video below.

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