This holiday season, many will have a single thought on their mind: 2D, or not 2D, that is the question. Well, we have the answer. On Oct. 12 along with Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, Nintendo will release a new Nintendo 3DS model handheld system without the 3D visual effect. This newly designed portable is aptly named the Nintendo 2DS to reflect the change – please note that Nintendo 2DS is compatible with all 3DS and DS software.
Though it may seem like a peculiar device, the Nintendo 2DS has a purpose and it serves it well. While functionally identical to the original 3DS and 3DS XL, apart from 3D, the 2DS offers a radically different form factor granting it a distinct appearance. The clamshell design has been removed in favor of a vintage electronic design of the 90s. The 2DS may not win any beauty contests, but the system is comfortable and rests well in your hands.
The 2DS’ new design offers more than just comfort. It also adds superior durability. What it lacks in looks, it makes up for in strength. The 2DS is a well-made product that can withstand physical punishment and survive accidental drops or bangs against hard surfaces.
This level of resistance makes the 2DS a great introductory handheld for children or young gamers who may treat their electronics, or toys, a little rough at times.
Whereas the 3DS and 3DS XL had fragile top-screens attached with hinges, parents can rest easy knowing the 2DS is a reliable device made to tolerate travel, throwing, and drops.
These changes are not alone in making the 2DS an attractive product to parents. The 2DS retails for $129.99, making it an economical alternative to the 3DS ($169.99) or 3DS XL ($199.99). Like the 3DS XL, the 2DS comes with a 4GB SD Card for storing digital software.
The lower price makes the 2DS affordable to everyone. By being an inexpensive option, the 2DS appeals to an extensive demographic. Those who did not like, or want, the 3D feature now have the option to purchase a 2DS for a reasonable price and enjoy the vast library of 3DS software without paying a luxury tax for the 3D feature which they would never use.
The 2DS’ battery life and screen size are comparable to that of the original 3DS providing a battery life ranging between 4-to-5 hours of playtime. Moreover, the screens of the 2DS have a brighter display allowing for a crisper image. The buttons feel great, and the D-Pad is an improvement over what is offered on the 3DS or 3DS XL.
There is a drawback, however. Unlike the 3DS and 3DS XL, the 2DS has one speaker providing mono sound – the sound quality is adequate. The option of using headphones is available for those interested. Also, it is worth noting, the 2DS is a little heavier than the 3DS, yet is significantly lighter than the 3DS XL.
With the clamshell design gone, the 2DS’ screens are vulnerable to scratches or dust collecting. One should consider investing in a screen protector and pouch to avoid these minor inconveniences.
The Nintendo 2DS has high potential to tap into a new market thanks to its affordable price. Be it children or adult gamers looking to save some money, the 2DS has all the makings to be a significant seller this holiday season.
- Good build quality
- Sharp screen and image quality
- Mono sound
- A little top heavy