Some say that the Nintendo 2DS looks like a giant piece of toast, and we have to agree. At $129, the 2DS maintains compatibility with software designed for the Nintendo DS and 3DS, but uses a new “slate”-like design (instead of the clamshell design used by its precursors) and lacks the 3DS’s autostereoscopic 3D functionality. Continue reading for two videos, hands-on pictures, and more information.

Its buttons are positioned towards the center of the device (instead of near the lower screen), and its shoulder buttons are concave in shape and relatively thicker than those of the 3DS. In lieu of closing the shell, the 2DS uses a dedicated switch to activate sleep mode. The hardware Wi-Fi switch from the 3DS has also been removed and replaced with a software toggle.

Although it lacks the 3DS’s “power save mode” (which dynamically adjusts the screens’ backlight based off screen contents), the 2DS has slightly better battery life than the 3DS; Nintendo rated the 2DS as being able to play 3 to 5.5 hours of 3DS games or 5 to 9 hours of DS games on a single charge.

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