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 umccullough on Thu 29th Aug 2013 00:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: No..."
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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.

Actually, I've heard the Netflix implementation for Wii is superior to other gaming devices...

Personally, I run an old original Xbox with XBMC for streaming movies off my NAS - it works great. The fact that it can run a multitude of emulators is also a bonus.

Unfortunately, it can't playback high definition compressed videos, so I'll probably demote it soon. I'll either replace it with a hacked XB360, or some other device which is flexible enough to do more than "just play games". Sorry, but the days of having a multitude of devices attached to a TV (which are basically just large computer monitors), is over. I'd rather not waste money and space on a bunch of dedicated devices when something size of a pack of gum can do everything I want.

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.

I don't play DVDs any longer anyway. I stream most of my video... in case you didn't notice, the world has changed.

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.

Amusingly, you sort of made my point. These days, the technology in a handheld gaming device is all standardized - it's the same stuff you find in every other device. Why limit its usage to one task, when it can clearly do more?

Yes, the SD cards allow downloading of games (and other applications) for the DS. There's an "app store", just like phones, tablets, etc.

You must have missed it - at this point, a 3DS is just a crippled mini-tablet computer with some extra buttons.

My kids already use my 10" HP Touchpad running android far more than they use the DS's - and that trend will continue. If Nintendo doesn't jump on board, they'll miss the boat entirely. I'm already considering buying my kids some 7" Android tablets when the price/features become compelling enough.

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