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Nintendo first unveiled the new 2DS system a few days ago, and it garnered a variety of reactions from the Game Informer staff. The $129 handheld strips out the 3D feature of the 3DS, features smaller screens than the XL, and drops the protective clam shell design. To me, the 2DS looked cumbersome and awkward, the opposite of what a portable device should be. After getting my hands on the device at PAX Prime 2013, I walked away surprised by how good the system feels and how compact it is.
The 2DS has screens sizes more in line with the original 3DS rather than its bigger brother, the 3DS XL. While I prefer larger screens on my handhelds, the reduced displays allow for a smaller form factor. The 2DS seems to be about a quarter smaller than the 3DS. Its lack of a hinge means the system can't fold up for easy portability, but it's much smaller than in initially appeared. The 2DS will fit well in laptop bags, purses, or the school backpacks of its intended younger audience.
The 3DS XL beside the 2DS (I apologize for my grubby fingerprints)
The original 3DS and 3DS XL go to sleep when the device is folded shut. The 2DS compensates with a switch on the bottom right that puts the system to sleep. The physical wireless toggle has been removed from the handheld itself and tucked away in a menu (which are identical to the 3DS). The buttons, circle pad, and d-pad are located near the middle of the system, as opposed to their previous home on the bottom half of the 3DS. The controls on the face of the system feel great, but the shoulder buttons are further away than I'd like. This increased shoulder button distance wouldn't be a complete hindrance for me, but I worry that it may be uncomfortable for younger players with smaller hands.
The 2DS plays all the same games as the 3DS, including original Nintendo DS titles. It can still access the eShop and do all the fun things of the original handheld. Given the low $129 price point and a concurrent launch with 3DS title Pokemon X and Y on October 12, there's no doubt this handheld will find a lot of new homes. I went into my hands-on session with the device doubtful, but walking away it's clear that the 2DS is a great starting point for on-the-go users that don't care about 3D or folding up their portable.
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After hearing your points, I think that the 3DS XL would be the better option for me personally. The 2DS sounds like it has a lot of good things to offer, but I think that comparatively speaking, the 3DS would be a better choice for me.
Can we get some opinions from the "7 and under" crowd? You know, the target audience? Lol
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After experiencing the XL, those screens are too small for me. But, I think those things are going to be flying off the shelves this holiday season. There may be some people who get bummed that their handheld doesn't have 3D capabilities, but I'd tell those people that they're not missing anything. (Disclaimer: I'm aware that some 3DS owners like and frequently use the 3D feature.)
I am not included in said "target audience" but i might consider buying one of these, the 3D never really struck my fancy
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its smaller then i thought but its not cooler i still rather just keep my 3ds so i can close it and protect the screen and easier to carry
Okay, now that I've seen a comparison, I can stop hating it :P. At first, it looked like it was the size of a tablet.
Thanks for the comparison shot Tim. This is very useful in that many of us (I'm speaking for the royal "us" here) thought it was some misshapen, gargantuan leapfrog -esque tablet attempt...great article!
I still wouldn't buy I don't hate it or anything it just isn't for me and I don't have children so the 3ds is fine with me. If I had children I am not sure I would buy it only because by the time they are old enough they could grow into the 3d aspect so to me it isn't worth it. I have seen the videos and it looks like a great idea for kids younger than seven so if it sells good great if not then Nintendo messed up it should be interesting to see the sales on it though.:)
So Nintendo reveals the system, everyone hates on it. the Media hates on it. Then the media plays it and ends up liking it. And magically everyone starts liking it. Goes to show that people cant make decisions for themselves and they wait for others to make their decisions.
I wasn't expecting it to be that small. I still like the 3DS XL because of the screen size. But it seems good for kids.
Good to hear that the style is off-putting at first, but it's a solid design. Still, I'll take my clamshell design any day!