Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Aug 2013 20:47 UTC
Games

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[5]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Kivada on Thu 29th Aug 2013 02:33 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Drumhellar"
Kivada
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The difference is that most Android and iOS games suck due to the fact the there are no real controls, in order to do anything you have to cover up at least part of your screen with your hand.

Thats the reason I gave up buying them and would rather play old games on one of my old dedicated handheld consoles.

In the battle between Angry Birds on my phone or damn near any original black and white Gameboy game, the Gameboy game wins hands down every single time.

Most people are narcissistic enough to think that high scores and game achievements mean anything.

The Netflix argument is a non starter since you can get a roku or a "smart tv" that can do that already.

Edited 2013-08-29 02:36 UTC

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RE[6]: Comment by Drumhellar
by galvanash on Thu 29th Aug 2013 02:48 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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2006-01-25

The difference is that most Android and iOS games suck due to the fact the there are no real controls, in order to do anything you have to cover up at least part of your screen with your hand.


I completely agree. Hence why I think Nintendo should put their efforts into making Android better for gaming - part of that (a large part of it) is controller hardware...

The Netflix argument is a non starter since you can get a roku or a "smart tv" that can do that already.


Why buy yet another device to clutter up your entertainment center when a console is perfectly capable of doing the same thing? Roku's, Apple TVs, etc. are not "other" types of devices - they are direct competition for consoles... Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo want to sell consoles to people that don't even play games - because if they don't they know it is only a matter of time...

Regardless, the original discussion was about portables... Ever tried putting a Roku in your pocket?

That really is the crux of the argument that no one seems to get - pockets, unlike entertainment centers, only hold so much stuff... Convergence devices will always win in the end.

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RE[7]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Kivada on Thu 29th Aug 2013 03:03 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Drumhellar"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

Why buy yet another device to clutter up your entertainment center when a console is perfectly capable of doing the same thing? Roku's, Apple TVs, etc. are not "other" types of devices - they are direct competition for consoles... Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo want to sell consoles to people that don't even play games - because if they don't they know it is only a matter of time...

Regardless, the original discussion was about portables... Ever tried putting a Roku in your pocket?

That really is the crux of the argument that no one seems to get - pockets, unlike entertainment centers, only hold so much stuff... Convergence devices will always win in the end.


If thats your argument, then why not just run a line from your comp to the TV.

How about a Slingbox login on a postit note in my wallet?

I've never liked watching video on a screen smaller then 15"

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RE[6]: Comment by Drumhellar
by WorknMan on Thu 29th Aug 2013 06:11 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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The difference is that most Android and iOS games suck due to the fact the there are no real controls, in order to do anything you have to cover up at least part of your screen with your hand.


iOS7 will have support physical controls, and Android has had them for quite some time.

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RE[7]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Kivada on Thu 29th Aug 2013 13:27 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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2010-07-07

iOS7 will have support physical controls, and Android has had them for quite some time.


But will that be on the actual device or will that be for those hokey add on controller systems like the arcade base station for tablets to play emulators on?

Because thats a deal breaker on that, it's way lamer to walk around with a controller in your pocket and have to find somewhere to prop up your phone to game properly instead of just whipping out a Gameboy or PSP.

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