Nintendo, despite having such a thin release schedule for the next few months isn't still without its surprises, overnight unveiling a new hardware entry in the handheld market.
The "2DS" is flattened with a larger top screen and a smaller touch-screen on the bottom. It still features both a D-Pad and thumb slider, but has no 3D slider and is also fixed, so there's no shell casing design -- which has been a Nintendo staple in handheld design for many years.
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.
The new handheld is suggested to be more of an entry-level device for younger gamers and comes with a pricepoint to match -- USD$129.
Obviously we haven't heard the local particulars, but as soon as they come through we'll share them with you. The new handheld is scheduled to release on October 12 alongside Pokémon X and Y Versions. Nintendo also confirmed the existence of the earlier-
Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle.
Watch a video introducing the new handheld embedded below.