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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by Drumhellar on Wed 28th Aug 2013 22:27 UTC
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Nintendo should not be making yet another device to carry aside from your phone. They should be making a phone.

No. Phones are terrible gaming devices. They are utter garbage.

I'm of the opinion that what Nintendo should have done is just a straight-up console that is game centric, keeping compatibility with Wii but having much more horsepower, and spent their money developing the power rather than a new, expensive gimick. The DS ended up being a less a gimick and actually something cool. I think they should have made the 3DS something with a pair of larger touchscreens, instead of the 3D part. But, that might have kept the price high without less room to drop it - the high price is what hurt sales so bad initially.

This device, however, is cool for being a cheaper version of the 3DS. The lack of 3D isn't bad, since when you turn the 3D off on the 3DS, the framerate is goes up. Nintendo also warns against the 3D effect for younger children - this completely solves that. It would be nice if it folded, though.

As for size, it seems to be about the size of the original 3DS unfolded. The screens measure to be the same size as the original (and not the 3DS XL, unfortunately). One benefit of the lack of clamshell design is that it might actually be more comfortable to hold - with the buttons located higher, more of it rests in your palm and less of it is being held solely by your fingers.

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