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Nintendo announces Nintendo 2DS handheld console

Plays all 3DS and DS games in 2D only.

Nintendo has announced a new version of the 3DS handheld console that plays all 3DS and DS games in 2D.

The Nintendo 2DS, part of the Nintendo 3DS family of consoles, is designed specifically for anyone looking for a more affordable entry point into 3DS gaming.

For more information on how it plays, read our 2DS hands-on impressions, including exclusive comparison images.

It will be available in "White + Red" or "Blue + Black" from 12th October, the same day Pokémon X and Pokémon Y comes out. Nintendo of Europe doesn't set the price of hardware in the UK, but GAME has set its price as £109.99. Look for more shop prices to go live very soon.

The Nintendo 2DS plays the entire library of packaged and downloadable games for Nintendo 3DS only in 2D, and features a fixed, slate-type form factor. Optional carry cases will be available in red or blue at launch for $12.99 a pop.

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As for hardware features, the 2DS shares the Nintendo 3DS' dual screens, gameplay controls and touchscreen features, and has backward compatibility with the existing library of over 2000 DS games. There's also wireless connectivity for online multiplayer, Nintendo Video and access to the eShop.

The Nintendo 2DS and the just-announced price cut to the Wii U puts Nintendo in a strong position coming into the crucial Christmas sales period, Nintendo of America chief Reggie Fils-Aime said.

"Nintendo has one of the strongest and most diverse video game lineups in our history," he said.

"Today we're making those unique Nintendo experiences more accessible and affordable. However you play and whatever you play, Nintendo has you covered."