Nintendo 2DS - Blue
The Perfect Handheld
Level with me for a second: the idea of a handheld system without hinges seemed like a dramatic and unnecessary change, that would only inconvenience the players. Let’s take a step back and realize for a second that regardless of the hinges, this thing is rocking the size of the original 3DS screens, not the XL, giving it a smaller form factor, allowing things to fit in the pocket simpler.
I’ve never been a fan of a single 3DS design over another, I simply chose the XL over the original because my fingers were going to give me carpal tunnel if I played on the original. While that seems like an obvious choice not to pick, the original had an incredibly sharper screen due to its size, which is a big deal for me. I dislike stretched resolutions, I think it’s sloppy, lazy, and outdated and only reasonable for users with bad eyesight.
Now let’s talk ergonomics. Again, the main reason I bought the XL was due to the smoothed edges and button surfaces. Now that I’m seriously looking at it, it’s incredibly improved over the original. It operates almost the same way you would a regular GBA, or even a steering wheel.
I’m not even gonna get into the loss of the 3D aspect, it’s something that was never needed and they finally dropped thankfully.
$130. Smartest choice Nintendo has made in 2013.
a awesome cheap way to play 3DS games.
first off i like the 2ds design. i never liked the folding design. i was afraid that i fold it back too far and brake it or making the screens loose. don't have too worry about that with the nintendo 2ds. i don't care that it only has one speaker and has mono sound. if i want stereo i have headphones. it maybe targeted for kids 5-7 but i'm an adult i love it. when i saw 2ds on gamestop.com the next day i ordered one with my copies of pokemon x and pokemon y at gamestop. also i'm glad the 3D is gone it made my eyes blurry and gave me a headache. when i get mine i'm going play the heck out of it with my pokemon games, nintendo 2ds is going to be a awesome system and the price is unbeatable.
A great system for them who can't get a 3DS. :)
The Nintendo 2DS is a 3DS with out 3D. It can play the same games as the 3DS just only in 2D. It can also play DS that nice. The 2DS has all of the same great apps & features as the 3DS such as the eShop, YouTube App, Nintendo Video, ect. It can even take 3D pictures even though you can't see them in 3D. I guss you can still share them with friends via Swapnotte's StreetPass. Speaking of StreetPass it's a great feature that let's u exchange gaming infomation highy scores coustomisation or message's with other gamers. It's kinda like Blue tooth in the way it works. And if u take your 3DS/2DS to a Nintendo Zone u will get streetpasses with the last 6 people who where thare. I could go on for a long time about this feature but u must exprence it your self it makes you feel connected with other users and reminds you its a small world after all. My biggest problem with the 2DS is it only has one speacker! God give us to ears for a reason. And 2 speakers help you hear where the in game sound is coming from. It also just sounds better. But u can still exprence sround sound in both ears just put in ear plugs. Over all the 2DS is a great system for little kids or any one who can afford a 3DS. I am glad it hope's up the world of Nintendo to more people. And I really do hope you all enjoy awesome 3DS/2DS games like. The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds ;), Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D, and the upcoming Kirby game! :D God Bless happy gaming. Try to get some StreetPasses and Happy Christmas season. Miiverse for 3DS & 2DS is coming soon it maybe out by the time your reading this.
Why I Buy
It is kind of uncomfortable gripping it but it wont break as easy as a 3ds.The 3ds is expensive and the 3d makes me have bad hedaches and motion sickness.Not with 2ds!
This is a great remedy for those who get headaches from the 3D, children to young to use the 3D, or for people like me whose eyes make it physically impossible to see the 3D. PROS: a less costly system for those who can't use, or don't want, the 3D gimmick. Built to be sturdier (lack of hinges means no wearing of hinges or breaking in the center.) Plays all 3DS and DS games. CONS: screen sizes are equivalent to the standard 3DS. Mono sound (stereo with headphones). Lack of screen protection while carrying (not an issue with those of us who grew up with the gameboy generations. We know how to take precautions. Also fixable by purchasing a case.) Some are saying wait for the XL model that has not even been hinted at in the media. It may happen, but the way the screens sit in relation with the controls, it would probably add a whole level of awkward when trying to reach the bottom half of the touch pad.
For those holding out for a 3ds
Ill be honest i was waiting for a 3ds price drop for the longest time and was actually going to go ahead and spend the $200+ for one. I just wanted to be able to play the great 3ds games out there and thats all but didnt really want to spend alot so when the 2ds came out I decided to look for review but couldnt find any great ones so I went ahead and bought one for myself. First off dont let your eyes fool you, its feels great in your hands. It may feel awkward at first especially if your used to the old form with the hinge but after long periods of time it didnt bother me at all. Second it is exactly what they say it is, a 3ds without 3d so if you dont need that and just want to play games then your set. The screen is great and the battery life it great. It does feel a bit cheap from being made from all plastic but it gives it a kinda old school Gameboy advance/ Gameboy color feel which i like. My only gripe is that the screen size it the same as the regular 3ds and not the xl. If you just want a cheap alternative to just play games then I highly recommend the 2ds!
Great for those of us who can't use the 3D
I am blind in one eye, and thus unable to view any form of 3D, so I will gladly take a cheaper model without a feature that does me no good. anyways While the design could be better, for the price difference I will gladly live with it. For those saying just buy the 3DS and turn the 3D off, for that $40 extra I could use it to purchase a game, and for those of us that are on a tight budget, I will take every extra dollar I can get. If you have an extra $40 to blow on a feature you have no intent on ever using, more power to you, but for those of us on a budget and no interest in the 3D, this is a great option.
Best handheld for the money, period!
So I saw the great library of games coming out soon (Nov 2013) for the 3DS and began shopping around for a handheld. I did look at the PS Vita as well, but the game library is lacking. I'm actually not attracted to the 3DS because of the flip feature. The device is plenty small, I want it to be comfortable. Even the xl leaves much to be desired. I happened to notice the 2DS by chance, saw it wasn't even out yet (at the time), and thought it looked comfortable. And it is!
If they happen to release a 2DS xl in the future I will buy it, but even the current 2DS is plenty big for me. I don't care for 3D, its a gimmick to me anyway, so a lower priced, more comfortable, and slightly better batter life device hit all my needs. The buttons are in just the right place and it's surprisingly light.
Let the game mags, sites, and review knock the device for its shape, couldn't care less. I found since researching the device that anyone that knocks the 2DS....hasn't actually tried it yet. Even IGN stated they had negative outlook on the device, and then they tried it and liked it, minus the fact it doesn't fold.
It may be marketed for the 7 and under crowd, but this man-child (28) loves this device!
Don't let Nintendo fool you.
I had a 3DS, and I traded it in. BIG MISTAKE. Well, I noticed the 2DS was out and I could get it and a game for cheaper than a refurb 3DS alone so I thought, 'why not'. You know, for all the gamers out there whining about the design, have you actually held it and played with it? For an adults big hands, it is GREAT! I can actually play for hours now without my hands cramping because of the new slate design. I never used the 3D feature so this is perfect for me and for my wallet.
Oh, I've also dropped it twice on a hard surface. Not a scratch. Very durable!
This is perfect for somebody who does not want to pay the extra money for the 3DS if you know you will NEVER use the 3D function. Yes, I realize that you can turn the 3D off. As does anybody that anybody with a functioning brain and know anything about the 3DS knows. If you already own a 3DS there is absolutely no reason for you to post a review bashing something because you think this is inferior. It is obviously not being marketed toward people the currently own the 3DS. This is for parents to buy for small children, or people late in the 3DS game because they knew the 3D was a useless function.