Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has assured gamers that the release of the 2DS should not be seen as a sign that Nintendo is abandoning 3D.
Speaking during a recent investors Q&A, Iwata explained that 2DS is the product of a long-devised plan to expand the 3DS market with a low-cost, entry-level offering, and not a sudden decision to step away from its initial 3D drive.
"Generally speaking, it takes approximately one and a half years before we can bring a new hardware system onto the market, and we already realized beforehand that it would be difficult to maximize the sales potential of Nintendo 3DS without an entry-level product ready in time for the release of a new Pokémon title," said Iwata.
"We are offering such an option in order to further propel the popularity of the Nintendo 3DS platform in the overseas markets," he went on.
"Nintendo 2DS is, however, simply one of the options for consumers and we will continue to offer the existing Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL platforms in the overseas markets, and we are not saying that we will abandon 3D or cease to make new propositions in 3D."
Iwata went on to point to the upcoming 3DS title, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, as "a superb showcase of the 3D effect".
Sales of the Nintendo 3DS in the first half of 2013 declined compared to the same period in 2012, Nintendo confirmed in a recent financials report.
Nintendo revealed that 3DS sales for the first half of the financial year (April-September 2013) totalled 3.89 million worldwide, compared to 5.06 million in the same period last year.
As of the report, Nintendo had sold 34.98 million 3DS systems globally, of which about a third are the larger 3DS XL model. Lifetime software sales for 3DS are at 122 million.