Well, this must have been the best kept secret in gaming. The new-gen consoles war has been hogging all the limelight as of late, which also makes the announcement all the more surprising. Nintendo is bringing a new handheld to the table, called the 2DS.
It looks like a 3DS laid flat without the hinge, and as you might surmise from the name, no three dimensional graphics. IGN reports that the 2DS will come in red and blue (with the front either being black or white, depending upon region) and will cost $129 when it arrives on October 12. For your money you get a handheld that packs dual screens, two cameras round the back, a single speaker and a 3.5mm headphone jack, plus a 4GB SD card.
Nintendo consider the new handheld as part of the 3DS family, which means that you can play all Nintendo 3DS and DS games on this handheld. You will also have access to the same apps. Nintendo is positioning the 2DS as a far more affordable option than the $169 3DS, which should make it the more palatable choice for parents with small children. This latest move by Nintendo is to get players hooked on the platform from a young age, hoping this will lead to more sales down the line.