So Nintendo has had a rough launch of their current handheld system that is the Nintendo 3DS. Thankfully after the system's price cut and also worthwhile titles like Star Fox 64 3D, Tales of the Abyss, Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Super Mario 3D Land and many others that followed on made the system worth getting. Nintendo then released the Nintendo 3DS XL which resolved the issues that the original 3DS had and extended not only the battery life but also the screen size.
Just when the Nintendo 3DS XL was selling well and the Wii U is struggling Nintendo announces a new 3DS console into their Nintendo 3DS family. Introducing the Nintendo 2DS, it's a Nintendo 3DS console with no 3D functionality at all and also selling at a cheap price. It's supposed to made for kids under 7 who should have the 3DS to prevent damage to their eyes and also for people who want to buy a 3DS system at a cheap price.
The 2DS is compatible with all your Nintendo 3DS games but only in 2D and also like the original 3DS and the XL it's also backwards compatible with the original DS games. You can still also download Nintendo Eshop and also Virtual Console and DSi Ware games so you can still play all your favorite titles you got. It will also come with an 4GB SD Card to download storage data on and also to save images and video. The system has it's two outer cameras and one inner camera but however all images and video will only shown in 2D.
Alongside the price and no 3D functionality the 2DS has the Start, Select and Home buttons moved around and the L and R buttons feel a bit different as well. The button layout from D-pad, Circle Pad and the face buttons are all the same. There is no 3D slider or a wireless switch on the console, instead you'll have an icon on the home menu which gives you the option to enable or disable wireless features so you'll still have access to the Spotpass and Streetpass features. One main difference is the way the console looks, it's no longer a clamshell design like other DS systems so it's like with the old Gameboy Systems. So you'll have a sleepmode switch instead which you can slide on or off. I couldn't imagine how difficult it would be to get Steps and Play Coins like that. As for the Stylus it's the same size as the 3DS XL which is cool and still better then the original 3DS stylus.
The two screens of the console are the same size as the original model and also the battery of the console is supposed to be 3-5 to 5-5 hours for 3DS games, 5-9 hours for DS games and can spend approximately 3 days in sleepmode. It has no power saving feature and will include a power adapter for charging your system. The speakers on the system are monaural but there will be Stereo for Headphones.
The Nintendo 2DS console is going to sell for £109.99 in the UK and about $129 in the US. The system is expected to launch on October 12th the same time as Pokemon X and Y come out.
Overall the Nintendo 2DS isn't really the most hyped console that many gamers are actually interested in because of the lack of 3D support but however it's going to be aimed for children under 7 or players who wish to spend less on their wallets and there's also carry cases for people to take the consoles on the go. Those who have the original 3DS or the XL shouldn't spend their money on it because of the lack of 3D and there's nothing new to be had. Upon the release if the trailer people mostly have given negative comments seeing this handheld could be a step back for the 3DS. Personally I think the console's a passable idea for cheap wallets and kids who haven't explored the 3DS territory before. As for me I think I'll stick with my standard 3DS that's equipped with the 3DS Power Grip and an SD Card that has 32 GB of memory. My question is that is there going to be a 2DS XL?
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