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[7]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Kivada on Thu 29th Aug 2013 03:03 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Drumhellar"
Kivada
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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[8]: Comment by Drumhellar
by galvanash on Thu 29th Aug 2013 03:40 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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2006-01-25

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


That's funny because that is more or less what I do - at least on my main entertainment center... Currently none of the available devices cut it for me (I do a bit of everything).

My point though is if a $300 device could service my needs I would buy it, and in order for that to happen it needs more convergence features, not less...

But again, we are talking about portables. Imo there is simply no longer a market for a "pure" portable gaming device - the volumes and the margins are both shrinking and have been for a while - I think the point of no return is already behind us.

If Nintendo doesn't do something real soon now to address this they will no longer have an ability to leverage their years of experience in this area... If they don't embrace the new market realities they will die, its that simple.

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RE[9]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Kivada on Thu 29th Aug 2013 13:30 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by Drumhellar"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

The problem is though that unless that device is a custom built gaming class HTPC it will do all of those things terribly.

The phone should be a damn phone and my gaming handheld a gaming handheld. Facebook and twitter can fuck off.

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