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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Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Wed 28th Aug 2013 22:27 UTC
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Nintendo should not be making yet another device to carry aside from your phone. They should be making a phone.

No. Phones are terrible gaming devices. They are utter garbage.

I'm of the opinion that what Nintendo should have done is just a straight-up console that is game centric, keeping compatibility with Wii but having much more horsepower, and spent their money developing the power rather than a new, expensive gimick. The DS ended up being a less a gimick and actually something cool. I think they should have made the 3DS something with a pair of larger touchscreens, instead of the 3D part. But, that might have kept the price high without less room to drop it - the high price is what hurt sales so bad initially.

This device, however, is cool for being a cheaper version of the 3DS. The lack of 3D isn't bad, since when you turn the 3D off on the 3DS, the framerate is goes up. Nintendo also warns against the 3D effect for younger children - this completely solves that. It would be nice if it folded, though.

As for size, it seems to be about the size of the original 3DS unfolded. The screens measure to be the same size as the original (and not the 3DS XL, unfortunately). One benefit of the lack of clamshell design is that it might actually be more comfortable to hold - with the buttons located higher, more of it rests in your palm and less of it is being held solely by your fingers.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by orestes on Thu 29th Aug 2013 00:00 in reply to "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. No stupid gimmicks, no trying to go retro for retro's sake, no additional "services" to nickle and dime with and not one single goddamned facebook/twitter/whatever connection.

I want something defiantly single minded in it's pursuit of gaming. Just games, on the best available hardware for the pricepoint is what Nintendo needs to pursue.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by galvanash on Thu 29th Aug 2013 01:28 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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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by Bobthearch on Thu 29th Aug 2013 01:09 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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I wouldn't even consider a non-XL model, the standard screens are tiny. Good enough for small children though. I expect there'll be an XL model released soon, as usual.

Since it doesn't fold, it might be more durable.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by Kivada on Thu 29th Aug 2013 01:33 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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I always though the dual screens was a bad choice since it's a damn gaming handheld, make it one touch scree, then you lower the price and increase the battery life. 90% of the time the 2nd screen isn't used for anything you wouldn't see in the pause menu of a single screen gaming device.

It's yet again a case of over thinking it, games are what sells consoles, not gimmicks.

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