The Nintendo 2DS is a handheld system created by Nintendo that is released in October 2013 and is the third model in the Nintendo 3DS family. It is considered a downgraded version of a Nintendo 3DS, but an upgraded version of a Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL. A newer, larger variation called the New Nintendo 2DS XL (New Nintendo 2DS LL) was released in mid-2017. The original 2DS was discontinued in North America on February 8, 2020, leaving the New 2DS XL the only model in the family as well as the only handheld model to still be in production in every part of the world. Unlike the other models in the family which are in 3D, Nintendo did not make the Nintendo 2DS XL (Nintendo 2DS LL) and New Nintendo 2DS and instead only made the Nintendo 2DS and New Nintendo 2DS XL.
The Nintendo 2DS was announced on creation by Reggie Fils-Aime where it is to target the younger age group from under 7 years old. The Nintendo 2DS was created so that the younger age group wouldn't have to experience the possible health concerns from the 3D effects of the Nintendo 3DS.
The Nintendo 2DS was released on October 12, 2013 where it was released on the same day as Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. The Nintendo 2DS came in the colors red and blue and had its own special carrying case. The Nintendo 2DS was also priced for $129.99 in North America which is actually the current price for a Nintendo DSi.
The Nintendo 2DS is much different in appearance to the Nintendo 3DS, and any other console in the Nintendo DS/3DS line. For starters, the system itself appears to be one altogether meaning, unlike the 3DS, it cannot fold itself to save battery power during gameplay. The buttons are much more closer to the top on both sides. Because of this, no 3D function is added.