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: I do like Nintendo
by umccullough on Thu 29th Aug 2013 15:37 UTC in reply to "I do like Nintendo"
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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.

I don't think anyone's arguing that a peizo speaker is better than a set of surround speakers, a sub, and a huge amp to drive it - but do you really need a ton of components?

For example, does anyone, in their right mind, need to buy a CD player if they already have a DVD player with digital audio output? Take that the next step - is it really necessary to have a dedicated DVD player if your game console plays DVDs and supports HDMI? Are you gaining something important by having a separate dedicated player with its own remote?

And in the era of streaming audio/video, where one can rip their music/video to a large HD sitting in another room, does one really need anything more than a simple media player with a nice browsing interface attached to their TV and receiver?

Don't project your stereotypical "must be less than 20" crap on me either - I've probably got enough A/V equipment lying around to choke a garbage truck - but most of it sits collecting dust these days as I've moved most of my content to my NAS.

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