Nintendo 2DS - Blue
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.
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 I dislike stretched resolutions, I think it’s sloppy, lazy, and outdated and only reasonable for users with bad eyesight.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.
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!
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!
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.
I have had absolutely no problem what so ever with this hand held console! It is amazing for its price and its basically a 3ds without the 3D that no one uses. Ok, some people say that this portable looks ugly and it feels bad, but don't judge a book by its cover! :D The first ten minutes with this portable console where sort of weird because it was a small change from the DSi, but half an hour later it felt amazingly well and it now fits in my hand perfectly, so much that it feels better than a DSi or a3ds (in my opinion). Please, people who are hating on this portable, stop saying that this console is a mess because it is NOT and i'm pretty sure you guys are hating on this 2DS because since you guys want to make it look like your 3DS is still the big boss then no matter what Nintendo puts up you hate it -_- Sure, your 3ds is good and its great and there is no need to buy a 2ds, but no need to hate on a perfectly good portable console without even touching it! The point is... I love it. It is comfortable and very nice. I definitely suggest it because of the good price and the amazing overall work on the machine.
Not a fan
Here me out. I love the 3ds system. I own the xl. I think it is a fantastic system, with an awesome gaming library. When I first heard about the 2ds, I was happy because the people who didnt like the 3d could now get one. I was happy until I saw the way it looked. Lets be honest, it is going to be very difficult to play games with the touch screen itself. Not to mention my #1 reason for not liking it. It is the 3rd member to the 3ds family and it still does not have a right circle pad! But if you look at the 2ds, there is no way to even make a circle pad pro. And what is the point of putting 2 cameras on the back of the 2ds if they cant display the 3d pictures. I would have rather seen them super glue the 3d dial off then have them come up with this. Like I said, I am not a Nintendo hater, but I think they should have put some more time into this.
Ignore the negative comments if they put you off!
I've seen some pretty negative and uneducated comments like "lol this is so stupid whats the point of this the games are supposed to be for 3d". Not necessarily true considering the fact the majority of 3DS owners don't even use the 3D functionality. 3D just lowers the battery life. With a lot of customers who don't need the 3D (those who are disabled, too young for 3D, or, like my sister, can't see 3D), this is a great product. It's a great idea since its very inexpenive for a new handheld and has a great selection of games. Business wise it was a great move because what they don't sell of the 3DS and the XL will be made up for with this. It is a great product for those who want a cheap, but good product for a game on trips or waits. The only negatives are the ugly shell and the unprotected screens, but those can be okay with a case!
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!
I bought my 2DS a few months ago, and I've been enjoying it ever since. While the design might not be as attractive as a 3DS, I find it very functional and rests in my hands well without needing to tilt my hands in any way to make the playing more comfortable. The only major downsides to the design is how bright the power light is and the location of the speaker. You can cover the light with your hand pretty easily, but I often end up covering the speaker with my thumb when I take it off the circle pad.
Beyond that, the system is great and lets you play all the DS and 3DS games. Unless you're really excited for the 3D functionality of the 3DS, the 2DS is a good value and fun to play with.