Nintendo 2DS is being pitched as a cheaper handheld console for the kids. Available for just $129.99, will the cut in price be enough to make up for its lack of attractiveness and awkward redesign? (Photo: YouTube)

So, Nintendo 2DS is a thing and — brace yourselves, people — it's exactly like the Nintendo 3DS, minus one dimension. If you're sure this must be some kind of really bad joke, don't worry, you're not alone. It seems all of the Web and social media outlets like Twitter are trying to figure out why Nintendo chose to make its next upgrade the same device, only worse. If this is your first time hearing about the 2DS, let us fill you in on just what an ironic masterpiece this "new" Nintendo handheld console is.

According to Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime, the Nintendo 2DS is "an entry-level handheld gaming system," meaning, it seems, that this is the thing you buy for all the baby gamers in the house. The new system is smaller and more compact than the predecessor but has had some interesting "features" removed and added.

1. Nintendo 2DS plays 3DS games — but in 2D. That's right: Any game you have that can be 3D will now be downgraded to 2D and play on your 2DS. Although the 3DS was capable of turning off the 3D via slider, for some reason Nintendo felt a separate and certainly unequal device was necessary to showcase this quite mundane feature, but lets keep going.

2. The Nintendo 2DS doesn't fold. Yep, you read it right. For those of you who were always complaining about how inconvenient it was to fold up your 3DS and stick it in your pocket, or were just thoroughly confused by the whole clamshell concept in general, this 2DS utlizes a strange solution. Since the device won't fold at all, you wont even consider trying to stuff that one in your pocket. Instead, by default, you'll just shove it in your wife or mom's purse (or your own). So much better, right? Right.

3. The Nintendo 2DS is as ugly as sin. Yeah you knew with the money savings there would be some trade-off in looks, but did they really have to go and do all that? This thin cheese wedge looking device is just hideous, even if it does feature two screens. It's like Nintendo has just thrown up their hands and given up the fight, while saying to Apple's Phil Schiller, "You're right! We can't innovate anymore! We're just trying to save our a**!"

4. What it lacks in convenience, it makes up for in price point (we guess). The new Nintendo 2DS scheduled to be released October 12, 2013 will be available for $129.99 — a price point $30 less than the Nintendo 3DS' $159.99. I guess for some this will probably be considered an advantage, but considering all that you're not getting — for example, an attractive device you can be proud to show your friends — we're not convinced. 

The only thing Nintendo could have possibly been thinking with the backtrack on the new Nintendo 2DS is that maybe by simplifying and getting back to what once worked — marketing to children rather than their hardcore gaming mommies and daddies — maybe they could save the little bit of face they have left. The jury's still out on whether or not that strategy will actually work but for now, the initial reviews aren't looking too good. Here's a quick round up of Twitter gamers' reactions to the upcoming Nintendo 2DS.

Twitter Reacts To Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo 2DS is coming October 12, 2013 but will anyone want the downgraded handheld console? (Photo: YouTube)