Let's talk about the 2DS.
by, 29th August 2013 at 12:24 PM (1673 Views)
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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