It was around this time last year Nintendo first introduced the 2DS to the world. To recap, it plays the same 3DS games the regular 3DS can and a library of 2,000-plus DS games, but it doesn't feature 3D display functionality or incorporate a clamshell design.
Finally, in related Poke-news, Nintendo UK said the demo version of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is coming to the country on October 15. The company is distributing demo codes through a number of retailers and partners, including GAME, Amazon, ShopTo and its own online store. As per the demo announced stateside, players can obtain a certain Mega Evolve-able Pokemon and reward items in the demo and bring them through into the game proper.
NINTENDO 2DS TRANSPARENT RED AND NINTENDO 2DS TRANSPARENT BLUE RELEASING ON 7th NOVEMBER
New designs for Nintendo 2DS hardware to also launch as bundles with Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire from 28th November
Nintendo confirms distribution mechanism in the UK for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version – available from 15th October
23rd September 2014 – As anticipation mounts for the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire on 28th November, Nintendo has today revealed upcoming hardware offerings for Nintendo 2DS* that present new designs for the system.
On 7th November, both Nintendo 2DS Transparent Red and Nintendo 2DS Transparent Blue will release in Europe, presenting the hardware in new eye-catching forms. Aside from the side paneling, both offerings are transparent in design, revealing the skeleton of the system underneath both the front and back of the system casing.
From 28th November, and to mark the launch of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, two new bundles incorporating the upcoming Nintendo 2DS hardware designs are set to release:
Nintendo 2DS Transparent Red + Pokémon Omega Ruby includes: a Nintendo 2DS Transparent Red system plus a copy of Pokémon Omega Ruby pre-installed on a 4GB memory card.
Nintendo 2DS Transparent Blue + Pokémon Alpha Sapphire includes: a Nintendo 2DS Transparent Blue system plus a copy of Pokémon Alpha Sapphire pre-installed on a 4GB memory card
Following on from the announcement of the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version, Nintendo UK has also today confirmed the distribution mechanism for how fans can get hold of the Special Demo Version in the UK from 15th October.
The Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version will be available in the UK from Game, Amazon, Smyth Toys Superstores, ShopTo and the Nintendo UK Official Store from the 15th October until launch.**
The codes will then also be made available through a number of other partners including Wikia, Bin Weevils and Nintendo Life until mid-November. ***
The Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version features gameplay that players won't experience anywhere else. During the course of this early adventure, players are likely to encounter a familiar Pokémon that can now Mega Evolve. What's more, this Mega-Evolved Pokémon can be brought into the full Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire games. Reward items obtained during the Special Demo Version adventure can also be brought into the full game. Details about how to bring Pokémon and items into the full game will be announced soon.
Visit Pokemon.co.uk/OmegaAlpha frequently for more Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire news and information that will roll out leading up to the November 28th launch.
For further details:
Nintendo 3DS Guided Tour http://guidedtour.nintendo.co.uk
Nintendo 2DS Website http://www.nintendo.co.uk/nintendo2ds
Nintendo 3DS (UK) on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Nintendo3DSUK
Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/NintendoUK
Nintendo of Europe on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendoeurope
Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk
Nintendo UK Official Store http://store.nintendo.co.uk/
*Nintendo 2DS first launched in October 2013, retaining many of the hardware features of Nintendo 3DS including the same intuitive gameplay controls and wireless connectivity features for access to local and online multiplayer gameplay, Nintendo eShop and more. Bringing family-friendly value and a huge software catalogue to boot, Nintendo 2DS is an entry point into or a new way to enjoy the Nintendo handheld experience, and allows fans to play all Nintendo 3DS games in 2D.
** Amazon, Smyths Toys, ShopTo and Nintendo UK Official Store will be sending these codes out to fans via their internal databases. Game Stores will distribute their codes Nationwide via Nintendo Zone.
*** Other partners will be announced in due course.