The announcement of the Nintendo 2DS has caused quite a stir online, but is it really as dumb as it looks? The Pxlbyte staff weighs in.
Victor Acorda (@ItsViictor)
When the 3DS was originally announced, my main concern was that you would be forced to play all of the games with the 3D enabled. Soon after I learned that it was optional. That was a relief. With the announcement of the Nintendo 2DS, I was a bit perplexed at first, wondering why they would re-release a handheld not even a full year after they released the 3DXL. Much to my surprise, especially with the price drop, Nintendo’s aim seems to be to enable everyone to be able to play their games, either with or without 3D.
The initial design leaves me a bit at a loss though, it does seem like a nod to the original designs of the previous handhelds a la Gameboy, Gameboy Pocket and Gameboy Advance, I’ve grown kind of accustomed to the folding design. It makes it look a little more sleek in my opinion. They are offering a pouch to protect it, although I would feel more comfortable with something to protect the front of the device itself (I have an InvisShield on my 3DS, just to be safe). I have no plans on getting it myself, although I can see younger gamers eying this for Christmas.
Wilmer Tjernberg (@SomeSwedishGuy)
I think that the whole 2DS thing is a good idea. It’s a smart way to attract the parents of kids who need their Pokémon fix, and If I had the ability to buy a cheaper, non-headache inducing 3DS at launch I probably would’ve, because I give literally zero f***s about 3D. I just wish it had a less dumb name and didn’t look like a deformed calculator.
Dillon Wilson (@DillonWizard)
Believe it or not the 2DS probably isn’t for you. The type of person who is buying a Leapfrog for their kid instead of a 3DS, is the same type of person who will give looks to the 2DS. Is it made for the 3DS audience? Not really. It will build on this small audience of younger children who will be screaming for a 3DS when Pokémon X and Y comes out, but their parents don’t want to destroy the development of their eyes with the 3D. Also, I have seen kids go through 3DS hinges like there is no tomorrow. The design of the 2DS is very deliberate towards the audience they are trying to reach.
Also there are reasons the 2DS isn’t a DSi that plays 3DS games. For those of us that never use the 3D feature on our 3DS, there is a slider on the side. If Nintendo were to make the 2DS that way, they would be pulling the rug out from under itself. It is clear the 3DS would be a piece of hardware that would be forgotten for the newer, less expensive, 3DS game playing, device.
Here is another great example: Imagine you are a big fan of the 3DS, and perhaps you have your boyfriend or girlfriend with a house in your Animal Crossing town, playing through Pushmo, or wanting to play Brain Age. They aren’t big on portable gaming, they only really play at night or perhaps on the weekend in a chair on the porch. Who needs to share your 3DS when you can get them a 2DS? It is a lower cost 3DS, without all the bells and whistles, but still gives them the experience they care about.
Also, I loved the original Game Boy Advance way more than the SP version. The 2DS looks to have a similar design to the GBA, so I am all for it. The more people that can enjoy games, better. I won’t be using the 2DS over my 3DS, but I can absolutely respect it.
Brianne Davis (@BrianneMD)
The biggest benefit of the 2DS is going to be how kid-friendly it is. While I don’t think 3D is the big issue (since you can toggle it off), parents are hesitant to give their children gaming devices due to the fact that they are, indeed, children. I feel that the unibody style of the 2DS will be easy to grasp, limiting instances of accidental damage. I believe the fact that it will cost less than the 3DS will help it as well. While I’m extremely happy with my 3DS and wouldn’t consider replacing it, the 2DS would be something I’d show my family as options for cousins.
Connor Selinske (@CSelinske)
The 2DS is simultaneously brilliant and moronic. Brilliant because it will help Nintendo move even more of its bestselling handheld console, and moronic because – well, just look at the thing. The Gameboy Pocket was more portable than this thing, and it was built before I was even born. That being said, it makes sense on a lot of levels. Despite not appearing to be actually pocketable, the 2DS should be hitting that parental sweet spot. It’s cheap ($40 less than even the original 3DS), alleviates those fears of disastrous 3D by removing the feature entirely, and is coming out right at the same time as the two new Pokémon games.
Regardless of its design, the 2DS is shaping up to be a massive success for Nintendo, which they could certainly use, given the lackluster performance of the Wii U so far. So though I may giggle at the latest cake slice-shaped piece of Nintechnology, I have to admire Nintendo for their excellent marketing.
Melissa Oliver (@MelissaOliver)
The clamshell design for the 3DS was great for it protected the touch screen when the console was not in use. That way, you could put it in a handbag, backpack, storage box, etc. and it would remain unscratched. While the flat design worked for the Gameboy, we can’t ignore that there are components of the Dual Screen that need to be protected. Not to mention that the screens are now perfectly below one another on a flat surface. I, for one, cannot play my 3DS when it’s opened all the way, nor could I on my NDS. They are much more comfortable to play on an angle somewhere between 100 and 160 degrees.
I understand that parents are complaining about the hinges of the 3DS and 3DS XL, saying that they are poor quality and are breaking, but I don’t understand why that means abandoning the design altogether. Why not work on the quality of the hinges instead? In a month’s time, the complaints will shift from the poor quality hinges to something else, such as broken screens.
Before purchasing the 2DS, think about this: if Gameboy pocket came out 2-3 years after the Gameboy colour (keeping in mind that Gameboy pocket was black and white), would you purchase the pocket over the colour simply because of a price drop? I know I wouldn’t.
Sam Machell (@SamVsReality)
Despite my initial “whaaa?” at the announcement of the 2DS, with a little more thought I can only say that it’s a good move by Nintendo. Sure, it looks like a cylon doorstop but I think it’s supposed to. It’s a cheaper, more durable model for kids whose parents are afraid of the 3D; there are more of those than you would think. It’s not something I want to go out and buy but it isn’t meant to be. This is a great move from Nintendo to broaden the 3DS’s market but let’s just hope they can put across that it’s the same system; Nintendo aren’t great at making their naming conventions clear!
So, that’s our opinion on Nintendo’s 2DS, but what do you think? Do you appreciate Nintendo’s decision to market hardware solely around the release of Pokémon, or is it a redundant move with the 3DS still going strong? Let us know in the comments or via any of our Twitters!
(Image credit: Nintendo)