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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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by galvanash on Thu 29th Aug 2013 01:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
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I'm going to agree. I want a gaming system, not an all in one convergence whore's wet dream.

Well that's you and the guy you replied to... Sorry but the rest of the world already decided they no longer really want "pure" portable gaming systems. Hell, they don't even want console gaming systems that only play games.

If Sony and Microsoft hadn't embraced media playback, social networking features, etc. they would be dying off too. The only reason consoles are still relevant is because they offer convergence features - a pure gaming console is a completely dead concept.

As for portables, it is even a bigger problem to be "pure gaming" because it completely ignores half the market - girls... Girls don't want games, they want instagram, they want a phone, and boys eventually like girls, hence they end up being dragged along at some point...

If you take the total global sales of tablets, iPod Touch and the like, and phones sold for kids age 6-16 you get at least 25 million units a year - that is bigger than the entire portable gaming market by nearly two-fold...

The trick isn't to make a better gaming device, the trick is making convergence devices better at gaming...

I would go one step further than Thom... Nintendo doesn't need to make a phone - they need to figure out how to make Android better at gaming. Its too late for yet another custom platform - its either Android or they may as well quit. Because if they don't do it someone else will and soon enough there will be an Android device that is good at gaming (and can do all the other stuff too)...

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