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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To each their own. The N64 had an unusual controller but I never had a problem with it. The middle and right prongs always fit perfectly in my hands and that's how I used it for every N64 game I ever played, with one exception - in one side-scrolling game, I used the left (for d-pad control) and right prongs and it still worked great for me. I never played - or heard of - a game that required me to switch during gameplay, but I agree with what had already been said, that any game that required it must have had a dumb developer.

But like I said, to each their own. One size doesn't always fit all, you know? I don't think the design is poor, but I can see why it turns off some people and I don't fault you for disliking it.

I've never been a fan of the joysticks on the dualshock controllers, to be honest. FPS's on PlayStation systems are virtually unplayable for me unless I use a third-party controller. Obviously there are millions of gamers that don't have this problem, so it's just a matter of different needs for different people.

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