Nintendo 2DS Finally Coming To Japan

Released in the U.S. way back in October of 2013, the 2DS has remained absent from Japan. That is all about to change on February 27, 2016 when Nintendo unleashes four different colors of the 2DS, each matching the four different versions of Pokémon that originally released on the Game Boy: Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow.


These 2DS systems look really great with the retro ‘90s see-through plastic. Play it loud! The awesome colored B, A, Y, X Super Famicom-esque buttons only add to the appeal. Each 2DS will retail for 9980 yen, or about $83 in U.S. dollars.

The color of the handheld matches the version of the digital game that is bundled in. In addition, a special HOME menu theme is included to match the color of the 2DS bought.


Also included, and this is a megaton, is an AC adaptor! These things are almost always absent from Japanese hardware. The standard 4GB SD card and stylus are of course already in the system. A sticker sheet to personalize your 2DS is also included, as is a voucher to download Mew into the game. Mew will also be able to be downloaded into Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire. Last, but certainly not least is a small map that will be bundled in.

No word yet if Nintendo of America plans to release these bundles stateside. We’ve been getting full game bundles, such as Mario Kart 7 or Yo-Kai Watch with our 2DS systems at the $99 price point, so I’m not sure customers would bite on a $99 2DS bundled with a $10 digital Pokémon game. However, if Nintendo were to release these over here for $79 I think they could be a big hit.


Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.