Stop the press!!! Okay, now start it again.

Nintendo has just announced a 2D 'version' of the 3DS. No joke. It's called the Nintendo 2DS.

Pitched as an "entry-level" handheld console, the 2DS plays all 3DS games in 2D. Oh, and it has backwards compatibility with Nintendo DS games.

Unlike the 3DS, the 2DS is a fixed slate, so, no, it can't be folded. This means it'll be somewhat less convenient to carry around. But it also means fewer hinges and fewer breakages (maybe).

The Nintendo 2DS does retain the dual screens, wireless connectivity, touchscreen, and physical buttons of the 3DS, though.

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Ninty will sell the 2DS in the US for $129.99 (approximately £84). The newest member of the 3DS family will be available from October 12th. That's the same day that Pokemon X and Y are released.

In additional news, The Big N announced that The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party: Island Tour will debut in the US on the 3DS on November 22nd for $39.99.

Nintendo has also confirmed US release dates for some third-party titles on the 3DS. They are as follows:

  • Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (September 24th)
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril (Autumn)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (October 25th)
  • Skylanders SWAP Force (October 13th)
  • Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! (November 19th)
  • Sonic Lost World (October 22nd)