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When news hit the office of the Nintendo 2DS, the Game Informer office erupted in commentary. Here are some of the editors' opinions on the new device.
The caveat, of course, is that we haven't gotten our actual hands on the device – but that hasn't stopped us from thinking our thoughts.
There are some positive points of the 2DS. I recently bought my son a 3DS and turned off the 3D. Had the 2DS been available, I might have considered it until I looked at the form factor. The design trades sturdiness (no hinge) for exposure of the screens. I've seen what kids do to screens, and it isn't pretty. This is just going to speed up the process and lead to more damage. Even at the lower price point, this is a "no sale" for me.
Given my seething hatred for 3D technology, I would like to buy the Nintendo 2DS just to spite the latest attempt to make a poor technology stick with the mainstream, but Nintendo blew it with the cheese wedge design. The aesthetics are terrible, and so is the functionality. Why lose the clamshell design and expose the screens to repeated scratch opportunities? Why not implement the larger screens found on the 3DS XL? Curious decisions. That said, the price is amazing, so I expect the redesign to move quickly off shelves this holiday.
I'm happy about the new 2DS design because for once Nintendo has unveiled a handheld iteration I have no desire to upgrade to.
The Nintendo 2DS is ridiculous, and I love it. Based on all the warnings of 3D eye-strain directed at younger players, I would imagine that Nintendo sees this as a device for younger gamers. You can't fold it and fit it in you pocket, which might not be an issue for the generation raised on iPad gaming. I won't buy one, but I love that Nintendo can surprise us with something so weird and so horrifically ugly.
I don’t understand what Nintendo is doing with the 2DS, but I’ve been saying that since the millions of different versions and skins of the Game Boy Advance a decade ago. This seems like one of those things that isn’t targeted toward me or anyone like me, and that’s fine. Hey, as goofy as it looks it’s bound to be better than a Leapster.
Since the original DS, one of my favorite features has been the ability to collapse the system in order to pause your game. I don’t mind that 3D is gone, and even though the 2DS looks strange, I imagine it is probably comfortable to hold in your hands, but the inability to close the system and drop it in your pocket is a deal-breaker for me.
MATTHEW KATO: I can't help but think the open-face, tablet-like look of the 2DS (with localized touchscreen) is not an accident. That being said, even if the 2DS is aimed at kids, I think they are going to be more enamored with their phone or tablets than this system. You can't get Nintendo-created experiences like Pokémon X and Y on a tablet, of course, but then again, you don't have to buy a 2DS to play that or any other Nintendo handheld software, either. By the way, I love how Nintendo's promo video touts that the platform "plays all Nintendo 3DS games in 2D" without embarrassment.
My first reaction on seeing the 2DS was, “Has it been a year already?” Nintendo’s annual handheld hardware revisions are old hat by now, but Nintendo is clearly hurting for new ways to tweak the DS. I’m guessing Nintendo first tried creating a 4DS, but couldn’t figure out how to apply spacetime to games, and decided axing a dimension was easier than creating a new one. In all seriousness, though, ditching the 3D effect and selling it at a cheaper price point would’ve been enough to interest gamers (even if it would just be a DSi at that point). The cheese-wedge redesign? Not so much.
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The systems before the SP were fine without a hinge. Its 130. These guys missed the point. Its going to sell out
it's not like nintendo is gonna stop making the regular 3ds/xl, so how can this be anything but good (by enabling more people to play 3ds games)
imo the best 3ds was the orig. the XL ninty handhelds never did it for me, the screens are always way too low-res and the graphics not really good enough for me to care, so i would always rather have the smallest one possible. on that note, this thing is even worse, but it has the power of cheap, which is a great thing to have.
I think this is pretty neat. I can't see 3d anyway (one eye), I'm very careful with my electronics so no worries about it not folding and a lower price point is a plus for everyone.
Is this the first portable from Nintendo that doesn't collapse since the Gameboy Micro???
I love that the new article about the 2DS links to this as "a variety of reactions" and then everybody hated it. Good stuff.
I imagine not having a hinge makes the system more durable for the younger gamers, who might drop or throw their system around. Scratch guards and screen protectors can prevent damage to the screens for the most part.
I don't get why people really care about this thing. If you don't like it, don't buy it. You're likely not the target audience.
I love this thing. I've always hated the hinge on my 3DS (it squeaks and wiggles during gameplay), the wedge design will prevent it from slipping through my hands, the shoulder buttons look like they will actually be comfortable to use, and the 3D was extremely overhyped. The only issue I have is the top screen should be slightly inset so the corners of the screen protector don't snag.
while the design is weird the selling points make sense and it proves that there is a reason why nintendo is still able to move handheld consoles better than any other company
Well,I don't think having an open screen is the best of ideas.What case would you have to protect the screen?How much will the new cases cost?These are questions many people are going to ask.Just because it's cheper doesn't mean the accessories will be.There's a lot to be desired here.
I love...love Nintendo... but I cannot say this was a solid business move. I am baffeled by the 2ds design even while fully understanding it's purpose. Nintendo needs to focus their efforts on the Wii U. I don't think they can afford more failure at this point...
I think the 2DS is a good idea, because I think that Nintendo has understood that the economy is not in a good state for them to be coming out with expensive hand held consoles. It makes even more sense that the 2DS will be coming out when Pokemon X and Y come out, because people will be wanting the game, but not wanting to spend a whole lot of money for a 3DS. Nintendo will be making double the profit in one week just off the Pokemon games, and people buy the 2DS just for the Pokemon games. The 2DS also makes sense for another reason, because people that bought the Wii U also want to use the DS computability with up-coming games such as SSBB, and they don't have to spend a large chunk of money for a 3DS or 3DSXL and just get a 2DS instead, that is cheaper and will have the exact same features. The whole screen deal, about them not being protected, is not even a problem, because we have gone through all those years with our Game Boy Colors, and Game Boy Advances, and if you were a good owner, the screens would not be in too bad of shape. The 2DS is for people that don't have the money for the 3DS, but still want to play 3DS games. At least the 2DS is still compatible with DS games, and if it wasn't, I would not be defending the 2DS. This is where the old saying "Don't judge a book by its cover," comes in.
I just continue to think that it's hilarious so many people think Nintendo is wanting you to sell your 3DS to "upgrade" to a 2DS. Wake up people. It's not aimed at those of us who already have one. Don't like it? Don't buy it. It's just a cheaper 3DS that doesn't fold. Get over it.
This looks dumb and cheap, Nintendo get it together.
Nintendo + 2DS = EPIC FAIL
<3 you Ben. Other reactions that are insults to this insult of a console are great too.