Nintendo 2DS

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#1 Edited by Outrager (157 posts) -
#2 Edited by Orexis97 (37 posts) -

I'd honestly consider getting one if it didn't look like crap.

#3 Edited by Zidd (1846 posts) -

@outrager: The screens are the same size as the original 3DS.

#4 Edited by Asmo917 (411 posts) -

@outrager: Screens are the same size as the original 3DS, per Kotaku.

#5 Edited by chiablo (929 posts) -

Kind of goofy looking, but I really like it. I would imagine it's physically much smaller than even a normal 3DS in order to make it portable.

Edit: Just watched the video, either that child is tiny, or this thing is gargantuan.

#6 Posted by Make_Me_Mad (3091 posts) -

On the one hand, this seems absurd. On the other, I have a niece who I wouldn't trust with something quite as expensive as a 3DS just yet, and when I think of it that way this doesn't seem like a terrible idea.

#7 Edited by Demoskinos (14830 posts) -

You know... I could see the appeal of a cheaper 3DS without the 3D but why the hell didn't they make it fold up? How is anyone going to carry that in their back pocket?

#8 Posted by oldenglishC (957 posts) -

With something like this you really have to hit that magic, hundred dollar price point. There's just not enough difference in price to justify buying this over a regular ass 3DS.

#9 Edited by Metal_Mills (2997 posts) -

It looks like a monstrosity!

#10 Posted by jimmyfenix (3855 posts) -

what

#11 Posted by Sgtpierceface (624 posts) -

God, this is dumb.

#12 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (4208 posts) -

What the fuck?

#13 Posted by chiablo (929 posts) -

You know... I could see the appeal of a cheaper 3DS without the 3D but why the hell didn't they make it fold up? How is anyone going to carry that in their back pocket?

It's all a cost cutting measure: single PCB instead of two, fewer injection molds, and far simpler assembly.

#14 Posted by jimmyfenix (3855 posts) -

what

#15 Posted by GioVANNI (1287 posts) -

For $130 this is just smart. I will probably consider buying one.

#16 Posted by BisonHero (6526 posts) -

@demoskinos said:

You know... I could see the appeal of a cheaper 3DS without the 3D but why the hell didn't they make it fold up? How is anyone going to carry that in their back pocket?

But now its form factor is...like a tablet...or something?

That thing looks weird. Though props to Nintendo for kind of acknowledging that no one REALLY cares that much about the 3D. 3DS-without-the-3D and passing savings on to the consumer is kind of like offering a Xbox-One-without-Kinect and passing savings on to the consumer, so that's nice of Nintendo I guess.

#17 Posted by spookytapes (263 posts) -

I.... think I kind of would rather have this than my original 3ds. Especially if it has better battery life.

#18 Edited by Chaser324 (6544 posts) -

I'm certainly a fan of the concept of a cheaper 3DS without 3D, but this thing seems to have a really odd form factor (not just in terms of portability, it looks straight up uncomfortable to hold) and a name that'll be even more confusing to consumers than "Wii U".

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#19 Edited by endoworks (288 posts) -

This is perfect for the young kid who you dont want to snap a clamshell model in half. This is truly the child proof version of the DS.

#20 Posted by Thoseposers (785 posts) -

If this thing has way better battery life i would consider it pretty cool, the design looks like it could be comfortable like the wii u gamepad but i'm on the fence about the overall design. Just sucks that it lost the 3d functionality even though i'm sure not a ton of people will miss it. I feel like it's hitting the right notes in certain ways but we'll see if it pans out.

#21 Posted by Outrager (157 posts) -

I'm certainly a fan of the concept of a cheaper 3DS without 3D, but this thing seems to have a really odd form factor (not just in terms of portability, it looks straight up uncomfortable to hold) and a name that'll be even more confusing to consumers than "Wii U".

But at least if you buy the 2DS you can play the same games as the 3DS that's fine. Parents just have to know it costs less. With the Wii U you had to explain to people that it's a whole new system that played new games that you couldn't play on your older system.

#22 Edited by Claude (16254 posts) -

Backwards compatible

#23 Posted by Wraxend (564 posts) -

Man that thing is fugly as hell. It's a smart idea from Nintendo but the aesthetics are terrible.

#25 Edited by Winsord (1225 posts) -

I was really hoping this was going to be a 3DS that didn't do 3D but was cheaper (can't really see 3D in the ways movies/TVs/the 3DS present it). $130 is a great price point, and while I get that it looks really weird in the pictures (better sense of scale in the videos, looks tiny in the pictures), I could see it working well when you're actually holding it up in your hands. Maybe I'll finally get to play Fire Emblem.

Edit: Wait, mono audio only? I know it's only got one speaker, but I would hope that it would still support stereo for headphones. I guess at that point I'd rather hold off for a regular XL. I still think it's a smart move for marketing to parents of small children though, they won't care.

#26 Posted by Chaser324 (6544 posts) -

@outrager said:

@chaser324 said:

I'm certainly a fan of the concept of a cheaper 3DS without 3D, but this thing seems to have a really odd form factor (not just in terms of portability, it looks straight up uncomfortable to hold) and a name that'll be even more confusing to consumers than "Wii U".

But at least if you buy the 2DS you can play the same games as the 3DS that's fine. Parents just have to know it costs less. With the Wii U you had to explain to people that it's a whole new system that played new games that you couldn't play on your older system.

True. That means that at least it won't be possible for a parent to accidentally buy a game that won't work, but there's still going to be a lot of retail workers having to explain that a 2DS can play 3DS games.

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#27 Posted by JasonR86 (9707 posts) -

What a pointless machine and the analogue stick placement is atrotious. And every other button and the d-pad. God what a waste of time for them. It's like micro all over again.

#28 Edited by oraknabo (1463 posts) -

What the F is happening at Nintendo?

#29 Posted by zudthespud (3281 posts) -

(DS stands for Door Stop)

#30 Posted by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

I wouldn't care if they somehow patched the 3D out of my XL, but if I didn't have a 3DS I'd still buy either of the 2 3D supporting models over that abomination haha

#31 Edited by falserelic (5437 posts) -

Some stupid shit right there, it looks ridiculous.

#33 Edited by MondyofAus (27 posts) -

Nintendo really know how to blow their money on stupid ideas, don't they.

#34 Edited by me3639 (1759 posts) -

God, i do love Nintendo on their ability to milk out everything they have with the smallest effort.

#36 Posted by Soap (3592 posts) -

Wow that is ugly!

#37 Edited by isomeri (1275 posts) -

For some reason this move reminds me of the GameBoy Micro. It's a smart move for Nintendo to put this out well ahead of the holiday season so that parents who can't afford to buy a next-gen system for their children can buy one of these instead. And I bet that cutting out the 3D screen and hinges has drastically cut down on the manufacturing costs.

#38 Posted by Ennosuke (59 posts) -

What is this? xD

#39 Posted by Ennosuke (59 posts) -

What is this? xD

#40 Edited by GrantHeaslip (1593 posts) -

I think I get why they're doing this from a price and "we need a device for kids to buy with Pokemon X/Y" perspective, but the lack of 3D still undercuts their message in a weird way. I could be wrong, but I remember several "Iwata Asks" style interviews in which developers talked about how the 3D allowed for certain gameplay scenarios to be easier to pull off. I think this came up with A Link Between Worlds -- the fast jumping between levels was said to be something that felt more natural with 3D.

This isn't a deal-breaker, though I do wonder how they'll handle marketing the 3DS product line without ignoring the 3D. Maybe they've determined that the 3D isn't what people were buying the system for? Anecdotally, the 3D was a non-factor in my purchasing the system. I use it most of the time and it's neat, but I bought in for the games, and I often end up turning the 3D off when I'm outdoors or on a train.

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#41 Posted by theveej (831 posts) -

I like the idea of it, hate how it looks. To me that looks like a children's toy.

#42 Posted by KrypticKiller (191 posts) -

Nintendo and Leap Frog are working together?

#43 Posted by Bane122 (789 posts) -

@theveej: Which is exactly what it's supposed to be. I mean, I agree it's ugly but I doubt its target demographic cares all that much.

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#44 Edited by EXTomar (4732 posts) -

I am glad I'm not the only who thought the thing looked like a Leap Frog "educational tablet".

#45 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (5508 posts) -

This looks dumb super dumb. Whatever. If it provides a more accessible way for people to enjoy the system, then sure. It seriously looks like a fisher price toy though.

#46 Posted by Rhombus_Of_Terror (2102 posts) -

@isomeri said:

For some reason this move reminds me of the GameBoy Micro. It's a smart move for Nintendo to put this out well ahead of the holiday season so that parents who can't afford to buy a next-gen system for their children can buy one of these instead. And I bet that cutting out the 3D screen and hinges has drastically cut down on the manufacturing costs.

I had one of those in green, and I loved it. I still regret the day I sold it :(

#47 Edited by believer258 (11907 posts) -

@jasonr86 said:

What a pointless machine and the analogue stick placement is atrotious. And every other button and the d-pad. God what a waste of time for them. It's like micro all over again.

What would you say if I told you I still kinda want a micro?

I don't, however, want this thing. For one, I've got a 3DS XL and its form factor is perfect. I played SMTIV while listening to the Bombcast yesterday for two hours and felt no hand cramps or wrist pain or fingers falling asleep, none of that. This thing looks extremely uncomfortable to hold. Even if it were comfortable to hold, it looks ugly.

But, hey, for a ten year old who wants to play Mario Kart at Grandma's on Christmas day, this would be perfect. It's likely more sturdy than the 3DSXL's hinged clamshell, which I imagine can't be too hard to break.

#48 Posted by JasonR86 (9707 posts) -

@believer258:

My ten year old self would make fun of this too. Maybe at 5-6 or under I could see a kid not caring.

#49 Edited by ottoman673 (515 posts) -

GUYS DON'T YOU GET IT?!?

The 3DS is BAD for kids! Nintendo is full of geniuses, and should all be lauded. I mean, peep this new unofficial commercial, YO!

...jokes aside this thing is fucking dumb, but will probably sell decently.

BIG EDITS: Why does this thing still have the 3D Camera on the back if it can't display 3D?

#50 Edited by supamon (1333 posts) -

Looks ridiculous. With that much space you'd think they could toss in the 2nd analog stick. You can't even slap the circle pad pro onto it.

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