Announced at the end of August, the Nintendo 2DS is the latest redesign of the company's flagship handheld - the 3DS.
Intended as an entry-level console, the 2DS drops the 3D functionality of the 3DS (which isn't suitable for young children, as it might damage their developing eyes.) It also no longer has any ability to fold closed like a clamshell, making for a quite different look to any recent Nintendo handheld.
Priced at $178, and releasing alongside Pokemon X / Y on October 12th, it's clear that Nintendo are shooting for mainstream appeal with the new device; will they hit the mark? We'll be bringing you our detailed impressions of the 2DS next week, but in the meantime, here are some photos of the NZGamer.com unit as we unboxed it this afternoon.
And the bottom of the box.
The contents is safely tucked away inside a cardboard insert and a series of bags
And this is what you get: the console itself, a charger, and a set of documents / AR cards / Club Nintendo token
A closeup of the actual handheld; the thin end of the wedge, quite literally.
The right-hand side of the 2DS, where the stylus slides away and SD cards are inserted
At the back you can see the game card slot and the charging jack; yes, it is the same jack as a regular 3DS / 3DS XL
The left hand side is home to the volume slider (there's no depth slider, of course, as the 2DS doesn't support 3D)
The companion carry case (sold separately) in all its zippered, neoprene glory
The inside of the case is very soft, and it's got a pocket for storing up to three 3DS game cartridges