The Nintendo 2DS is released as a cheaper alternative to the 3DS. It costs $129.99, compared to the $170 3DS and $200 3DS XL. It supports 3DS games but it lacks the 3-dimensional features that the 3DS has. It also looks more like a tablet than a 3DS because it lacks a hinge. Nintendo explains the features of the device:
The system features a distinctive fixed, slate-type form factor. Nintendo 2DS maintains many of the same hardware features as Nintendo 3DS: dual screens, game-play controls and touch-screen features. The system also has backward compatibility with the existing library of more than 2,000 Nintendo DS games, as well as access to wireless connectivity features like multiplayer online game play, fun Nintendo Video content and great digitally delivered games in the Nintendo eShop.