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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I do like Nintendo
by TM99 on Thu 29th Aug 2013 09:12 UTC
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This is a great device and gamers will love it.


The price is right. You can get two of these 2DS' for the price of one 3DS. For families on a budget, this is a big plus.

Those who still have a DS, DSL, or DSi, like myself, can get an affordable upgrade that allows us access to the 3DS library.

The screen resolution on the 3DS & 2DS is better than the DSL, so that is a plus.

From the video's I have seen, the console sits well in young and old hands. I rarely have concerns with controller designs with Nintendo products.

Finally, I am glad it is just a gaming device. Some argue that the people want a convergence. No, the market wants this convergence & is pushing it. I meet very few who truly want every damned device they own to run Facebook, Instagram & Netflix. This idea of a one device to rule them all is a corporate walled-garden wet dream, but is not in the interest of consumers.

The argument that no one wants multiple devices on their TV's must be younger than 20. If you wanted decent music 25 years ago, a single boombox was not the answer. It was a component stereo system. If you wanted higher quality video on your TV, it wasn't an all in one, it was components (VCR, Laser Disc, DVD, etc.). Those of us old enough to have used consumer electronics for quite some time know that all in one devices are always cheaper & of lesser quality. This is still true today. A high quality receiver and speakers are still better than a soundstick attached to the TV directly. A high quality stand alone CD player with receiver and speakers is still better than an iPod attached to a portable speaker.

Back on topic, I applaud Nintendo for being the only gaming company left to stay focused just on gaming. I will support them with two purchases - a 2DS & a WiiU - before the end of the year. ;)

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