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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Doesn't look very ergonomic...
by gan17 on Wed 28th Aug 2013 21:14 UTC
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Can't quite grasp how big it's supposed to be from the image. Seems a tad unwieldy, with the buttons being so high up.

If they release this the same time as some new Pokemon game, it'll probably sell a lot initially, and then fade away into unimportance.

On the bright side, I suppose Nintendo could always fall back to being a software maker, kinda like Sega. Their back-catalog alone would almost guarantee a gajillion purchases via iTunes or Play. Not sure if they'll ever release an actual smartphone, though. If they did, judging from the looks of this 2DS, it'll look like something from Osh Kosh B'gosh.

Being a bit of a Nintendo fanboy, I'm quite saddened by their recent form. Miyamoto needs to get back to his old self - consuming copious amounts of druggy mushrooms while chilling in his garden, waiting for inspiration - and come up with something that'll make everyone want to get a Nintendo console/handheld again.

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stabbyjones Member since:

The Nintendo business is:
New hardware, Mario, Zelda, etc.

When you take out hardware, you take out the last piece of originality Nintendo had.

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bassbeast Member since:

And frankly I'd say they are running out of gas with those, as there are fewer and fewer hardcore fans willing to buy new hardware just for a handful of first party titles.

Its a shame but the writing has been on the wall for awhile now and I truly think this will be the last generation of handhelds, replaced by Apple and Google phones and tablets. It makes sense though, if you are gonna have the phone on you anyway why carry a dedicated device?

I know since getting my smartphone that is pretty much all I carry around anymore, the netbook strictly for service calls and I ended up giving my DS to my GF's grandchild. I just couldn't ever seem to have the handheld on me when i was stuck anywhere while I always had the phone, why not use it?

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ExodusMachine Member since:

Here is an image of the 2DS, 3DS, and 3DS XL all together.

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