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 UltraZelda64 on Wed 28th Aug 2013 23:10 UTC in reply to "RE: No..."
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I guess that's why you can't surf the internet and watch Netflix with a Wii eh?

Which, along with the Opera browser, is available as an optional download, and I happily ignored them both. My Wii is both Netflix- and Opera-free, and I like it that way. There are better ways to access a web browser and a Internet video streaming service than a video game console.

Last time I checked, my kids' DSi and 3DS both had wifi and internet surfing - in addition to a camera and SD card slot.

I wasn't too much a fan of those features when I originally heard of them and I do not own either system, but the point still stands: Nintendo has strayed far less from the original video game console vision than their main competitors. Can you play DVDs on your Wii? Thankfully not, otherwise you would (in my case unwillingly) be paying for a license just for the privilege of decoding the DRM.

That said, I don't know what Nintendo's doing with the camera on those DS variants, but if their past is any indication I'm sure they've found some way to have fun by making games that use the camera. They did this with the Game Boy Camera years ago, and if anyone can pull such a thing off (making a fun game out of something as plain and boring as a camera), it's Nintendo.

SD cards could just as easily be used for game saves or something similar, or downloaded games, so I'm not sure how the fact that it has an SD card is "bad" or "non-gaming." You've got to store data somehow--in the past it was in the EEPROM of the game cartridge itself, and later on proprietary memory cards. Now they just use more standardized memory cards which just happen to also be used in cameras and camcorders, in TVs, in digital audio players, etc. Not sure how that's a bad thing.

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