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Nintendo 2DS announced

Last posted Aug 31, 2013 at 06:10PM EDT. Added Aug 28, 2013 at 02:00PM EDT
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No one is quite sure what to think

Not without good reason, it’s a giant block that plays 3DS games, but not in 3D (which you could do on the 3DS anyway. Thoughts?

Last edited Aug 28, 2013 at 02:01PM EDT
Aug 28, 2013 at 02:00PM EDT
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I don’t know about you, but I think the 3D is awesome. It’s no longer about things jumping out of the screen, but rather giving the image depth, as if you could reach out into the screen, it’s also the same thing with IMAX 3D. So basically I think this kind of ruins the progress of technology Nintendo has made. Luckily I already have a 3DS, and it’s the limited edition Zelda one.

Aug 28, 2013 at 02:12PM EDT
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I… what?

waitwaitwaitwaitwaitwaitwait.

so

It’s a 3DS, minus 3D, and minus being able to fold it.

I can’t see anyone wanting this over the standard 3DS. Unless it has an absolutely mindboggling pricedrop.

Aug 28, 2013 at 02:19PM EDT
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…did nintendo forget that there’s a 3d slider on the 3ds that can, ya know, turn the 3d off. Also this is like the 3rd version of the 3ds, where the hell is the second circle pad?

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Aug 28, 2013 at 02:20PM EDT
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Serious Business wrote:

I… what?

waitwaitwaitwaitwaitwaitwait.

so

It’s a 3DS, minus 3D, and minus being able to fold it.

I can’t see anyone wanting this over the standard 3DS. Unless it has an absolutely mindboggling pricedrop.

I think it’s cheaper than other iterations. $129.99 I think.

Aug 28, 2013 at 02:34PM EDT
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I though it was a hoax at first. I don’t know what to think about it.

Aug 28, 2013 at 02:39PM EDT
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Serious Business wrote:

I… what?

waitwaitwaitwaitwaitwaitwait.

so

It’s a 3DS, minus 3D, and minus being able to fold it.

I can’t see anyone wanting this over the standard 3DS. Unless it has an absolutely mindboggling pricedrop.

£25 less than 3DS
£75 less than 3DS XL

i’d say this console is more like the Gamboy Micro or DSi XL, just an experiment

edit: when i first saw this, i checked that this wasn’t an April Fools

Last edited Aug 28, 2013 at 02:44PM EDT
Aug 28, 2013 at 02:40PM EDT
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It looks pretty cool.

Aug 28, 2013 at 02:46PM EDT

Only problem?

IT CAN’T FOLD.

Good luck trying to play old, gimmicky DS titles that require folding the system.

Aug 28, 2013 at 02:54PM EDT
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“Hey Reggie, we managed to raise our stock by 36% this year!”

“That’s great! What are we going to do with the extra cash Iwata? Start up a new development studio to help increase the game output for our suffering Wii U System?”

“Nah, lets put a copy system on the market of the 3DS. People will love the lack of gimmicks!”

“Wait, What?”


Yeah, this seems insanely pointless to me. The thing doesn’t even look that comfortable to use.

Aug 28, 2013 at 03:11PM EDT
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It’s also 70 bucks cheaper than a 3DS XL.

Still, without a hinge it’s going to be a pain to carry around, which defeats the purpose of a handheld.

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Aug 28, 2013 at 03:14PM EDT
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The 2DS has both good features and bad features, but only really when taking into account it’s target audience. On the one hand, the 3D is absent, which is bad for anyone under 6. Combined with the lack of a hinge (Like what /vp/ says in Phillip’s post) makes it perfect for kids. That said, Hinges have been sturdier on recent iterations, and the 3D feature can be turned of (even with parental controls) on 3DS anyway. The only merit is the cheaper price, but considering that it’s not that much cheaper (In the UK anyway), it doesn’t really make the purchase worthwhile.. Buying a 3Ds benefits those who both want to play in 3D and those who don’t alike, 2DS only benefits one side.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that this announcement was coupled with a Wii U price reduction.

Aug 28, 2013 at 03:31PM EDT
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It looks like a slice of cake. Soon enough we will see images of poser gamer girls biting it.

Aug 28, 2013 at 03:38PM EDT
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Even if I didn’t have enough money to buy a 3DS, I’d rather save up some more.
I just hope they don’t produce too much, considering only some parents will buy it.

Aug 28, 2013 at 03:50PM EDT
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After stopping and actually examining this thing I honestly thing its a good idea, they’re targeting this one solely to kids, so they removed the 3d feature and took out the joints, which I think was badly needed. I have yet to see a kid under 12 who hasn’t broken the joints on their ds.

Aug 28, 2013 at 06:58PM EDT
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SirBrownBear wrote:

After stopping and actually examining this thing I honestly thing its a good idea, they’re targeting this one solely to kids, so they removed the 3d feature and took out the joints, which I think was badly needed. I have yet to see a kid under 12 who hasn’t broken the joints on their ds.

I haven’t broken a hinge when I was a kid…

Aug 28, 2013 at 08:07PM EDT
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Lone K.K. Slider wrote:

I haven’t broken a hinge when I was a kid…

Nintendium back then was more pure, nowdays they have to mix it with plastic to save money.

Aug 28, 2013 at 08:19PM EDT
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Philip J. Fry wrote:

It’s also 70 bucks cheaper than a 3DS XL.

Still, without a hinge it’s going to be a pain to carry around, which defeats the purpose of a handheld.

Game gear was consider a hand held and look how huge it was
Bottom right

Anyways, it’s a cheap alternative to the 3dsxl. Also, it’s for people who don’t use or want the 3d function on their 3ds. Plus, it comes out around the same time as Pokemon X and Y. Go marketing there. Sure, looks big and clunky, but I doubt you’ll be complaining much after you get the games you always wanted for the 3ds, but couldn’t because of the 3dsxl price tag.

Aug 28, 2013 at 09:13PM EDT
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As for the 2DS, it’s just the cheaper alternative for the common folk who doesn’t really want 3D. From what I know of 3DS owners, most don’t use the 3D function all that dominant, and not all games for the 3DS make use of it anyway. You don’t have to buy the 2DS, it’s just an alternative option if you think it’ll work out for you.

It’s like buying a Gameboy Advance SP instead of the regular Gameboy Advance. The SP has a backlight and can be folded, but the regular Advance has an overall reputation of being much more comfortable in your hands. The backlight of the SP back then was a possible dealbreaker to buy that one for a bit higher price, like the 3D function of the 3DS can be the dealbreaker between these two for a bit higher price. Take away with this comparison that the SP came after the Advance.

Aug 28, 2013 at 09:35PM EDT
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The design is okay. It looks like it’ll take a while getting the hang of it, like most hands will smother the damn thing as they hold it (luckily I do have rather small hands). I really like the idea that it’s basically a cheaper alternative to the 3DS handhelds for consumers who want the play everything the 3DS offers except of course, 3D.

I’ve been really longing to get back into the Nintendo scene (the 3DS scene at least), but I have always been discouraged considering a new version comes out like every Tuesday. For someone like me who really wants to experience what I’ve been missing with the 3DS these past two years, but doesn’t really like the price tag, I think the 2DS is actually ideal.

Aug 28, 2013 at 11:45PM EDT
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Basically what RandomMan said, plus the case being designed for children whose solemn mission in life is to break all fragile electronic devices. Then there are the people who don’t care for the 3D at all and don’t want to spend money on a feature that they’re never going to use.
It’s an alternative model in the same way that phone manufacturers will make lesser models of phones for people who can’t afford/don’t want to spend money on one of the top-of-the-line models.
Add the fact that it’s being released at the same time as Pokemon X & Y, and you’ve got another machine that prints money.

@Natsuru Springfield
Developing the 2DS isn’t really pointless when the costs of development were probably a drop in the bucket but the potential gains are very significant.

Aug 29, 2013 at 12:00AM EDT
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The Frosty Lich wrote:

Game gear was consider a hand held and look how huge it was
Bottom right

Anyways, it’s a cheap alternative to the 3dsxl. Also, it’s for people who don’t use or want the 3d function on their 3ds. Plus, it comes out around the same time as Pokemon X and Y. Go marketing there. Sure, looks big and clunky, but I doubt you’ll be complaining much after you get the games you always wanted for the 3ds, but couldn’t because of the 3dsxl price tag.

Oh? Does anyone remember the Atari Lynx?

Look at it, the Model 2 is twice as big as the Gizmondo, and the Model 1 is even bigger.

Aug 29, 2013 at 12:03AM EDT
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I would buy it if it had the ability to play Gameboy games.

Aug 29, 2013 at 12:24AM EDT
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Nintendo is going to need to explain this and its purpose to the public a little better. They already have problems with the wii-U because most of the people thought it was an add-on for the wii, and not a diferent system.

Aug 29, 2013 at 03:49AM EDT
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When I first heard I did think it certainly seemed to be a very odd idea, something very similar to the Game Boy Micro… an…experiment in many ways, a different style for a slightly different purpose, kind of like a gimmick.

However, the 2DS has a point, but technically I thought it would only really have been made if the problems that it seeks to prevent for the target audience were major problems. I don’t think it’s very easy to break the hinges of a DS and while you can turn off the 3D function, why would a kid want to do that even when told? But hey, this didn’t seem like a perfect marketing idea to me but lets hope for the best to Nintendo after their Wii U wasn’t selling well. (What?)

Aug 29, 2013 at 04:17AM EDT
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量子 Meme wrote:

When I first heard I did think it certainly seemed to be a very odd idea, something very similar to the Game Boy Micro… an…experiment in many ways, a different style for a slightly different purpose, kind of like a gimmick.

However, the 2DS has a point, but technically I thought it would only really have been made if the problems that it seeks to prevent for the target audience were major problems. I don’t think it’s very easy to break the hinges of a DS and while you can turn off the 3D function, why would a kid want to do that even when told? But hey, this didn’t seem like a perfect marketing idea to me but lets hope for the best to Nintendo after their Wii U wasn’t selling well. (What?)

You know why the Wii U has been selling poorly?

First, it has few games right now.

Second, parents do not like buying new game consoles, and with a name like Wii U, they’re going to be saying “Why do you need another Wii? It’s just a Wii with new stuff, it’s a waste of money” without actually realizing that it’s a completely different system.

Aug 29, 2013 at 04:44AM EDT
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I bet the 2ds will be like a nokia

Aug 29, 2013 at 07:31AM EDT

RandomMan wrote:

As for the 2DS, it’s just the cheaper alternative for the common folk who doesn’t really want 3D. From what I know of 3DS owners, most don’t use the 3D function all that dominant, and not all games for the 3DS make use of it anyway. You don’t have to buy the 2DS, it’s just an alternative option if you think it’ll work out for you.

It’s like buying a Gameboy Advance SP instead of the regular Gameboy Advance. The SP has a backlight and can be folded, but the regular Advance has an overall reputation of being much more comfortable in your hands. The backlight of the SP back then was a possible dealbreaker to buy that one for a bit higher price, like the 3D function of the 3DS can be the dealbreaker between these two for a bit higher price. Take away with this comparison that the SP came after the Advance.

The backlight of the SP back then was a possible dealbreaker to buy that one for a bit higher price, like the 3D function of the 3DS can be the dealbreaker between these two for a bit higher price.

The thing is that the backlight on the SP fixed a major issue with all previous handhelds: you couldn’t play them in the dark. The ability to use 3D, however, was never a major issue, and more of a neat addition. I almost never use the 3D; it hurts my eyes and if you don’t hold the system at exactly the right angle, you can’t even see it.

Aug 29, 2013 at 12:16PM EDT
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Supreme the Lurking Monitor wrote:

Basically what RandomMan said, plus the case being designed for children whose solemn mission in life is to break all fragile electronic devices. Then there are the people who don’t care for the 3D at all and don’t want to spend money on a feature that they’re never going to use.
It’s an alternative model in the same way that phone manufacturers will make lesser models of phones for people who can’t afford/don’t want to spend money on one of the top-of-the-line models.
Add the fact that it’s being released at the same time as Pokemon X & Y, and you’ve got another machine that prints money.

@Natsuru Springfield
Developing the 2DS isn’t really pointless when the costs of development were probably a drop in the bucket but the potential gains are very significant.

Add the fact that it’s being released at the same time as Pokemon X & Y, and you’ve got another machine that prints money.

I think it was actually silly of them to release it with X/Y. Everyone knows the 3DS originally had problems selling, which is why the price drop occurred. X and Y could have been the grand savior; thousands, perhaps tens or hundreds of thousands, would buy a 3DS solely to play the new Pokemon games. And now they’re releasing a different system at the same time, so people will buy the new system while the old ones gather dust in a warehouse. While it is good marketing to coincide a system with a major game release, they should have focused on marketing the 3DS more, rather than marketing a new system.

Aug 29, 2013 at 12:21PM EDT
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Dac wrote:

I though it was a hoax at first. I don’t know what to think about it.

^

also i don’t know why, but i really really really want to touch it

Last edited Aug 29, 2013 at 01:07PM EDT
Aug 29, 2013 at 01:06PM EDT
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My only issue is that I don’t know if it’s comfortable to hold or not. I still don’t have a 3DS, too so now I need to battle myself over which to choose.
Fuck, this is going to be tough.

And as for it being tough to carry around, I’m sure it will be as easy as carrying a Gameboy.

Last edited Aug 29, 2013 at 10:01PM EDT
Aug 29, 2013 at 10:00PM EDT
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Le Bumpkin wrote:

My only issue is that I don’t know if it’s comfortable to hold or not. I still don’t have a 3DS, too so now I need to battle myself over which to choose.
Fuck, this is going to be tough.

And as for it being tough to carry around, I’m sure it will be as easy as carrying a Gameboy.

Most reviewers have said that it actually is comfortable to hold.

Aug 31, 2013 at 06:10PM EDT
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