I know that some of you who have a 3DS may not use the 3D function of the console than much, but I never thought that Nintendo would remove the main selling point of its latest handheld. Taking away both the 3D capability and clamshell design, Nintendo brings us the 2DS: a handheld you probably don’t need or want, but one that exists.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAExBTWIp3M&w=760]

As a third option to the 3DS and 3DSXL, the 2DS lacks any 3D viewing but has all of the other bells and whistles, and it is priced at $129.99, $40 cheaper than than 3DS.

From the video, it’s hard to discern if the thing is comfortable or not, but I suppose it could be. It sure would be difficult to stuff into your shirt pocket, though. I must admit, though, I kind of want one just because it’s so odd. The message to developers, though, seems to be, “Hey, a subset of our 3DS population won’t have the ability to view your game in 3D, so you probably don’t have to work on that so much anymore…”

The Nintendo 2DS, an item that surely will confuse parents and grandparents alike, will launch on October 12th.