While browsing through the Internet, you occasionally come across story or two that looks official, but sounds way too crazy to be true. That's what I thought what I first read about the Nintendo 2DS. Then I realized that this thing was a real product that was coming out later this year.
Let's get two big things out of the way. First, the Nintendo 2DS lacks the 3D gaming experience found in the 3DS and 3DS XL (hence the name 2DS). Second, the Nintendo 2DS ditches the standard clam-shell design found in every other Nintendo DS gaming system. Why get rid of these features though? Because Nintendo is going to be selling the 2DS for only $129.99. The Nintendo 2DS is obviously going to be marketed towards younger children and parents on a budget, but even at that, I still find myself scratching my head as to why this product exists.
The biggest issue I have with the 2DS is the design. Since the Nintendo 2DS is not a clam-shell form factor, you cannot flip the system shut, and throw it in your pocket like you can with the 3DS and 3DS XL. This also means that the screens are always exposed and prone to being scratched and/or shattered. Combine this with the fact that it's obviously going to be marketed towards kids, and I can already see a lot of parents returning their kids's 2DS because the screen got busted.
Another issues I have is the lack of 3D. One of the main features that Nintendo is pushing about the 2DS is the fact that you can play 3DS games, without the 3D effect. Do we really need a separate gaming system for this? Was it too hard to just flip the switch on the 3DS or 3DS XL to turn the 3D off? Apparently so.
And lastly, the price. So far, the biggest draw to the Nintendo 2DS is that fact that it is so darn cheap. At just $129.99 to boot, most parents would be comfortable throwing down the cash to get this as a gift for their kids. However, for just $40 more, you could get the Nintendo 3DS, which offers the optional 3D gaming experience, as well as a clam-shell design.
The Nintendo 2DS is currently slated to be available for purchase on October 12 in the US, with preorders already open. Let me say that I have not used the 2DS for myself yet. The opinions of mine above are solely based on what I have seen so far online.
Do you guys plan of purchasing a Nintendo 2DS? If you do, don't, or just want to share your opinion on Nintendo's latest gaming system, let us know in the comments below!
Author: Joseph Maring