The premium version lacks ads, which are actually entertaining and worth listening to.
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The square-circle-cross-triangle buttons are a little small, but they haven't given me any problems. The shoulder buttons are fine and the D-pad is great. I agree with @yadilie though, the select and start buttons are terrible. They are not only tiny, but they are recessed for some inexplicable reason, and that makes it hard to press them. Thankfully, you don't need to very often. I have no problem with the home button because it's a bit larger.
I definitely thought it was a joke. I actually think the idea of a non-3D 3DS is a good one, but man is that thing ugly. Also, the name is terrible. It's the sort of name that should have been brought up in the first round of marketing meetings and then immediately dismissed.
Some variant of this will be said, repeatedly, this holiday season: "I bought my grandson this 2DS, but I can't find any games to go with it. There are lots of 3DS games, but he doesn't have that one..."
True statement. Welcome to 2013.
They're hemoraging money on this thing as it is, just get the 4/8 gb card and use it for saves. You dont need to put games on the memory card you know...
You do if you're buying them digitally, which is one of the most appealing things about owning a handheld. Besides, plenty of games are only available digitally.
They didn't lower those prices enough for me to bite. The system itself is totally within the impulse buy range for me at $199, but the memory card prices are so outrageous that I can't justify it one bit.
According to its designer, Comic Sans was "designed for screen use (that is why there wasn’t any kerning) in applications targeted to new computer users and families with children".
Basically, it was made for children, attempting to seem friendly and familiar by emulating the look of hand-lettered comic book speech bubbles. The reason some people (especially those of us with design degrees) dislike it is because it is used in inappropriate contexts all the time. For example, Comic Sans wasn't the most appropriate choice for the CERN presentation announcing the Higgs Boson. It doesn't say "we are serious scientists," it says, "we are children."
Do I hate Comic Sans? No. Do I think it's a good font? No. Even on the rare occasion when I need a font that looks hand lettered, it's usually just best to go ahead and letter by hand. When time constraints make that impossible, there are many better "comic" style fonts out there than Comic Sans. It's just sort of ugly. The kerning is awful. Also, it's impossible to look at it in a vacuum at this point. It's basically become a joke in design world (and as OP point out, almost a meme of sorts), so most designers are never going to use it.
"Hating" it is silly though. It's just a bad typeface, it's not ruining anyone's life.