I know, it sounds like a joke. Doesn’t Nintendo already have a 2DS, the DS? Next thing you know, they’ll be re-releasing the Game Boy Advance as a 1DS, right?
Though the name is silly, the idea is pretty decent: offer a $40-cheaper version of the 3DS that has all the same functionality minus the often-unused 3D capability. For those without a 3DS who are interested in some 3DS titles, it may be a solid option.
However, gamers will likely be polarized on the tablet style of the 2DS. Being able to fold up the 3DS is great for both instant-sleeping and protecting the screens. Also, the 3DS Circle Pad Pro won’t fit on the 2DS. Some gamers will find the 2DS easier to hold, and some will prefer the 3DS.
To avoid alienating potential buyers, Nintendo should offer a version of the 2DS that looks virtually identical to the 3DS. Maybe they should have just gone that route and passed on the tablet idea — if the 2DS looked like the 3DS, they could partially mask their implicit admission that including 3D capabilities in the 3DS was gimmicky and didn’t increase the appeal of the system, just the price.
What do you think of the Nintendo 2DS?
The Nintendo 2DS will be available starting October 12th, and will initially come with red or blue backing.
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