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Nintendo announces new handheld: the 2DS

Nintendo has ditched 3D for its next games handheld.

The 2DS is a flattened version of the 3DS aimed at younger gamers, and has just been announced by Nintendo.

It launches in the UK on October 12th, the same day as Pokemon X & Y arrives.

2DS plays 3DS games – but displays them in 2D only.

It will RRP for 109.99, comes in two colours (white/red and black/blue), with an AC adaptor (which was originally ommitted from the 3DS XL launch and sold separately), 4GB memory card and 6 AR cards.

Nintendo’s official announcement says: "The Nintendo 2DS retains many of the same hardware features as the Nintendo 3DS including the same Nintendo 3DS gameplay controls, backwards compatibility with the vast existing library of Nintendo DS games, as well as wireless connectivity features such as access to Nintendo eShop as well as StreetPass and SpotPass functionality. However the console takes on a new distinctive fixed, slate form design, and will play all packaged and download Nintendo 3DS games in 2D."

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