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Let's talk about the 2DS.

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Hey y'all. So I'm sure most of you have heard about the new handheld that Nintendo unveiled yesterday along with price drops for the Wii U, and I'm sure a lot of you have seen the MASSIVE butthurt that people have been expressing over it, but for those of you who have no clue what I'm talking about, here's a little refresher:

What is the 2DS?
The 2DS is a new handheld that was unveiled yesterday, it is nearly identical to the 3DS is tech specs. but features a rigid "Slate" construction that lacks hinges. As the name implies, it does not have 3D capability, but still features internet and spotpass. The 2DS is also cheaper than the 3DS, at $129.99. The 2DS is described as an "Entry Level" system, which in job terms, means a position in a job for someone with little or no experience, so I could only assume that means it's suited for younger gamers.

What's everyone's problem?
If you've been browsing gaming sites for the last day, you've probably seen a lot of comments that go something like this: "WOW THIS IZ SO STUPID! NINTENTURD SUX LOL!" or "Why the hell would I buy this, it's looks so dumb blahblahblahblah." (Note that these are dramatizations and may or may not be this stupid/civil). It's really bugging me, because almost NO ONE takes the target demographic into account, the target demographic being:
  • Those who can't afford a 3DS and don't mind the lack of 3D.
  • Those who think it's overpriced.
  • Children and those whoes eyes can be damaged by the 3D effects.
  • Children who are rough with toys, as the lack of hinges prevents a rowdy child from breaking it in two.
  • Those who are just getting into video games.

These are just a few reasons. If you don't fall into any of these, then you really have no right to complain since it wasn't made for you. It's like complaining about third party devs creating children's games for a system; they're made for small children, last you checked you were a mature teen/adult, so why do you need to complain?

My opinion on the 2DS.
I already have a 3DS, so I have no need to get one, but looking at it, it's not that bad really. I rarely use the 3D feature on my 3DS, so having it gone isn't an issue for me. The lack of hinges is though, because it decreases portability and reduces protection against the elements. As for the shape, it is a bit ugly, but at LEAST it's not GB Micro *Shudder*. It also looks like it would be a little uncomfortable... but it's hard to tell without actually using one.

Should you buy it?
Though this might be a bit bias since I already have a 3DS, I will try to be as honest as I can: If you want a cheap, functional system and don't care about the 3D or shape, I can recommend it. Likewise, if you want to get a system for a young child, I can also recommend it, as the hingeless shape will prevent it from breaking in half when dropped or used roughly, and the lack of 3D is good since children can potentially acquire permanent eye damage, both minor and severe, from exposure to 3D effects. If you already own a 3DS and have children, just lock the 3D effect from parental controls and let them use it, but if you aren't trusting of them to not smash it to bits, buy a 2DS.

All in all, the 2DS is an interesting idea, I may not need one, but I'm sure those who are financially challenged will appreciate the low price and parents will love the durability. Well, that's all I have to say, for my next blog, I'll be telling you about my first impressions with the excellent DS RPG "The World Ends With You"! Chao~♥

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Updated 29th August 2013 at 01:35 PM by Silver06

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  1. PockyAddict's Avatar
    I'd actually buy the 2ds, and I will not Give a figgle if people make fun of me. I like saving money and I don't use the 3d option anyway.
  2. Isaac Gravity's Avatar
    This article is pretty spot on. I don't understand the overall outrage about the system but then again, most gamers can't comprehend that not every single thing made is specifically aimed at them.

    This is one time you can't fault Nintendo since they really covered their bases with this one. Not just with the 2DS but people seem to forget that in their official store website, Nintendo sells authentic refurbished 3DS' for the same price as (though presently $10 cheaper than) the upcoming system. Yes, shipping and handling applies.

    I've still yet to pick up a 3DS but my options are either going for a new one or just buying a cheaper refurbished from the Nintendo store. Yeah, that's they key word here, options.
  3. Captain Marvelous's Avatar
    i just put a red and black one on preorder
  4. Yato's Avatar
    You just said everything I wanted to say. As a gamer on budget, I must say the 2DS is an awesome device.
  5. Phoenixphlare's Avatar
    I have no freakin' allowance or job (meaning I make NO money) and I still think losing portability on your portable for 40 bucks is short sighted. I have see the point of it is for kids and I might buy it if I had a child under 7 but c'mon it's forty bucks compared to all the time you are going to have it.
  6. Yato's Avatar
    @Wyvernphlare; 40$ almost equals roughly one software. Remember Pokemon B2W2 were around 40$? Getting a handheld that is 40$ cheaper allows you to use that remaining 40$ to buy at least one more software.

    And besides, the size isn't much of an issue if you have a bag with you. Personally, I never put my handhelds in my pockets because I don't want to risk my DS getting stolen. It's still portable if you have a bag.
  7. Phoenixphlare's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Kyriaki
    40$ almost equals roughly one software. Remember Pokemon B2W2 were around 40$?
    Yeah I know that I make no money. Money is precious. But I don't see how one software is worth not having to deal with inconvenient with upwards of four years. I used to not bring my portables anywhere but vacation but then my commute got a lot longer. Plus it is important for streetpass to actually take it places. With the textbook system the way it is who the hell has the room in their backpack? and I've been too tired in the morning to go digging through my backpack many times. Taking my fold able system out of my jacket is so much easier.
  8. Silver06's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wyvernphlare
    I have no freakin' allowance or job (meaning I make NO money) and I still think losing portability on your portable for 40 bucks is short sighted. I have see the point of it is for kids and I might buy it if I had a child under 7 but c'mon it's forty bucks compared to all the time you are going to have it.
    I will concede that the 3DS is quite expensive, I got for Christmas, so I never had to deal with that, and I still ahve a year to go before I can get a job or anything, so I guess I don't have anything for ya

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