Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Aug 2013 20:47 UTC

The new Nintendo 2DS system gives you all the features of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, minus 3D viewing. And the price makes the world of Nintendo games even more accessible.

Curiously enough, the 2DS actually has only one screen - it's divided in two by the casing. The entire screen is touch-capable, but the top screen is covered by plastic so you can't touch it there. Like the Wii U's controller, this thing just looks weird and unwieldily, and while the price is nice, I doubt it will turn Nintendo's fortunes around.

Imagine a phone and/or tablet designed and built by Nintendo, with a proper integrated gamepad, capable of output to external displays, with access to Nintendo's entire back catalog of games - from the NES, through the Game Boy, SNES, Nintendo64, GameCube, DS, and Wii (if compatible with non-motion controls). Of course, new games can be published as well.

Nintendo should not be making yet another device to carry aside from your phone. They should be making a phone.

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Doesn't look very ergonomic...
by gan17 on Wed 28th Aug 2013 21:14 UTC
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Can't quite grasp how big it's supposed to be from the image. Seems a tad unwieldy, with the buttons being so high up.

If they release this the same time as some new Pokemon game, it'll probably sell a lot initially, and then fade away into unimportance.

On the bright side, I suppose Nintendo could always fall back to being a software maker, kinda like Sega. Their back-catalog alone would almost guarantee a gajillion purchases via iTunes or Play. Not sure if they'll ever release an actual smartphone, though. If they did, judging from the looks of this 2DS, it'll look like something from Osh Kosh B'gosh.

Being a bit of a Nintendo fanboy, I'm quite saddened by their recent form. Miyamoto needs to get back to his old self - consuming copious amounts of druggy mushrooms while chilling in his garden, waiting for inspiration - and come up with something that'll make everyone want to get a Nintendo console/handheld again.

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