Back in August, Nintendo announced a brand new portable gaming system, simply called the 2DS. Those familiar with Nintendo's current portable option, the 3DS, will be happy to hear that the 2DS has the ability to play all the newest 3DS games that have come out with a few slight differences between the two systems. The most noticeable of these differences are a different design choice and a price point that is significantly lower than the 3DS. The 2DS in short provides an option that is far more tempting for gamers who don't have a 3DS yet and parents looking to bring their children into the world of portable gaming without breaking the bank.
October 12th has come and gone and now the 2DS system is available for purchase at all major retailers. A 2DS costs $129.99 which is $40 cheaper than the standard 3DS ($169.99 MSRP) and $70 cheaper than the bigger 3DS option the 3DS XL ($199.99 MSRP). The other important difference to mention (besides the very different design choice of the system) is that the 2DS does not have the ability to display 3DS games in 3D. Although this is important to mention, there is not much taken away from the experience when playing these games with the 3D not being present. I always thought it was the better option anyway with far less headaches and motion sickness occurring from trying to focus on the images popping out of the screen.
The 2DS comes in two different colors, black and blue or black and red and now sports a slate-like design (similar to an iPad) over the clamshell design that Nintendo has been known for the past 9 years with their portable systems. According to the popular gaming company the system was designed with the younger crowd of gamers in mind and is more suitable for those under 7 years of age with its simpler design. People who have used the system have even said it's very comfortable and naturally fits in their hands as they play.
Besides the design and speakers that only have mono playback (stereo is available by using headphones) the 2DS is nearly identical to the 3DS and 3DS XL. The screen sizes are the same as the 3DS and it shares the same battery life as the 3DS XL. Just like the XL it also includes a 4 GB SD card with the system that can be used to download games off the Nintendo Network. Wifi and local multiplayer are also available so 2DS owners can play with other 3DS and 2DS gamers around the world, as well as their friends that are in the same room as them that have either of the systems. If you want to take a break from your game sleep mode continues to be available on the 2DS, but it's enabled in a different way. Instead of closing the clamshell, like on the 3DS systems, you now have to press a slider to do so.
Another similarity that it shares with the 3DS is that the 2DS is compatible with the older DS games, which opens up a library of over 2,000 different games to play on the system, many of those games being a lot cheaper in price with just as much content and fun as the new 3DS games that continue to come out. What's better yet is that these DS games continue to be sold at Toys R Us and Best Buy and other retailers.
At the low price of $129.99 the 2DS is a steal, especially since there are not many differences between it and the 3DS and 3DS XL that are currently on the market. As the holiday season approaches us and more people learn about the 2DS it will become one of the hottest selling video game options this Christmas season. I know I want one and with the new Pokemon X & Y now out, it is the cheapest option for any Pokefans out there looking to get into the new game.
What are your thoughts on the Nintendo's new 2DS? Do you want one? Is the design not to your liking? Let me know in the comments section below.