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- 77AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE18 ReviewsPC Mag80Nintendo 2DSNintendo's $130 2DS might not be your ideal do-it-all gaming handheld, but if you have a young kid or a tight budget, it's your best choice.Ars Technica70Nintendo 2DS review: Cheaper than ever, but with aDrastic portable redesign is passable for the cost, comes with its annoyances.TechCrunch80Nintendo 2DS Review: Back To Basics Proves BrilliaThe 2DS plays all the games I want it to play, costs a decent amount less than a 3DS, does away with needless 3D, and despite weighing slightly more, actually feels like a more durable travel companion (fewer moving parts definitely helps with that).AllThingsD80Nintendo 2DS Invites New Gamers to Play at an AffoThe Nintendo 2DS may not be the prettiest, fastest, or most-advanced gaming handheld in the world, but that’s okay. It’s a good introductory model for new gamers or for those on a budget.CNET70Nintendo 2DS review: No-frills 2DS is great for kiAt $130, the 2DS offers a huge array of compelling software and makes for a great entry-level gaming system to the uninitiated first-time gamer. Just be sure to buy a protective case along with it, too.EngadgetNot RatedNintendo 2DS: dropping one dimension, adding one mSo, while it might look a little strange and might not have the title feature of its predecessor, it's perhaps not the oddity that it might at first seem.Ars TechnicaNot RatedHands-on with the Nintendo 2DS: Surprisingly smallThe small size makes it relatively easy to wrap adult-sized hands around the large, rounded shoulder buttons (which are even bigger than those on the XL) while still partially cradling the (somewhat pointy) bottom corners of the system with the palms.Consumer Reports70Nintendo 2DS review: Best for youngest gamersMy overall recommendation for those shopping for a Nintendo handheld gaming device is to go with the 3DS XL ... But if you’ve been holding out for a cheaper option or have younger children that you don’t want viewing content in 3D, than the 2DS is the way to go.Time80Nintendo 2DS Review: Itâ€™s Perfect for Neophyte PThe 2DS isn’t a cheap gimmicky handheld. It’s a solid one shorn of a gimmick (3D) and priced to kill. It’s not for gamers who want splashy 5-inch widescreens, but ... it’s the best version of this dedicated games handheld on the market, bar none.Pocket-Lint70Nintendo 2DS reviewThe 2DS bounces somewhere between shrewd by concept and slovenly by design, thus we've ping-ponged its score down a reflect that. However, when all's said and done, it's the games that will sell it. And this is a Pokemon peddler if we ever saw it, which speaks for itself. Touché Nintendo.The Guardian80Nintendo 2DS â€“ reviewIts biggest handicap is the confusing nomenclature that muddies the 3DS product line, but that shouldn't prevent it becoming a huge success come Christmas.Eurogamer80Nintendo 2DS reviewIt may not be what dedicated fans expected or even wanted, but by opening up the 3DS to an even larger market, this new machine could well become a vital weapon in Nintendo's armoury.MashableNot RatedNintendo 2DS: Budget Handheld Holds UpOverall, it wasn't a terrible gaming experience, though it may take some getting used to for fans of the original handheld. I can see the appeal for children, especially since the 2DS will launch the same day as Pokemon X & Y.Pocket-LintNot RatedHands-on: Nintendo 2DS reviewAlthough you lose the pocketable approach thanks to the new bigger design we can see this will appeal to parents who are looking to save some cash and buy a device that isn't going to get snapped in half.EurogamerNot RatedNintendo 2DS hands-onJust as Apple is rumoured to be working on a budget-price iPhone to attract a larger audience, Nintendo is hoping to capture a different userbase with the 2DS, the latest iteration on its handheld formula. Its launch is unlikely to upset anyone who's recently bought a 3DS or 3DS XL.The Verge70Nintendo 2DS reviewUnless you really care about 3D — in which case you likely own a 3DS already — the 2DS is functionally the same, but with a nice, cheap price tag.The Telegraph80Nintendo 2DS reviewThis is otherwise an intelligent new iteration of the 3DS from Nintendo, a handheld that has built a fantastic collection of games. Assuming they are able to communicate clearly the advantages of the unit, and clear up any confusion over the name, it is likely to sell very well as Christmas approaches.TechRadar70Nintendo 2DS reviewIf you're a gamer who hasn't jumped into the DS game yet, the 2DS is not the place you'll want to start. But if you're buying for someone younger who's been pestering you for the new Luigi's Mansion, the 2DS could be exactly what you need.NBC NewsNot RatedNintendo 2DS hands-on: the more things game, the mIt feels cheap, for lack of a better word. But for $130, that's the point—though you'll probably have to shell out a few more bucks for a carrying case. It makes the $170 3DS and $200 3DS XL seem high-end in comparison.Penny Arcade80PAR reviews the 2DS: Nintendoâ€™s new hardware isThe 2DS is easy to use, and non-intimidating. It doesn’t feel like it would be easy to break. ... At $129.99 it’s also one of the least expensive gaming platforms on the market, and that’s going to be a huge advantage this holiday season.T380Nintendo 2DS reviewThe Nintendo 2DS feels like a budget device and it has no 3D screen capabilities. If you can get over those two caveats then this console offers the best value for money on the market at the moment.T3Not RatedNintendo 2DS review: Hands-onIf the price of a Nintendo handheld has put you off picking up one, the 2DS could fit the bill. With the exception of the 3D display, it offers all the functionality of Nintendo’s handheld consoles and is a brilliant gateway into the superb DS back catalogue.TechRadarNot RatedHands on: Nintendo 2DS reviewNo, it might not be the best-looking console ever put out. However, with its cheap price tag and robust design the 2DS is a smart move for Nintendo to make right now. Current 3DS owners might as well move along, but come Christmas the kids will be lapping this up.Expert Reviews100Nintendo 2DS reviewIts looks and loss of 3D may be divisive, but the Nintendo 2DS console is great for kids.TrustedReviews70Nintendo 2DS reviewThe Nintendo 2DS is is no danger of winning any design awards, but it's the cheapest way yet to get a Pokemon or Zelda fix.Nintendo Life80Hardware Review: Nintendo 2DSThe 2DS is a great introductory model for anyone who has yet to pick up a 3DS, but it’s a difficult purchase to suggest for early adopters. ... this model was built with young gamers in mind ... providing a great opportunity to introduce the youngest generation to some modern Nintendo classics.Expert ReviewsNot RatedNintendo 2DS review - hands onThe 2DS doesn't quite have the same appeal as the DS Lite or other budget Nintendo handhelds before it, but there's a lot to like here if you don't already own a 3DS and aren't fussed about the 3D.USA TodayNot RatedFirst impressions: Hands-on with Nintendo 2DSPretty much everything about the 2DS remains the same as the 3DS, including the stylus, the cameras that can still shoot images in 3-D, software options such as Nintendo Shop and other features. Only two things are missing: 3-D viewing -- which few players might miss -- and the clamshell design.
- 90AVERAGE USER SCORE5 ReviewsEngadget Reader90October 6, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100January 17, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader80January 8, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I think its a pretty awesome handheld system, but I have to admit that I am kinda bias in some aspects. I will divide my review in 3 sub topics which I think pretty much sum ( at least for me) the " to look at" factors, if you already own a 3Ds skip to ( why i bought a 2Ds) 1. Nintendo & Graphics Nintendo is only starting to play the "super graphics" game till recently I believe when they realized the amount of money they where loosing because of the gamers migrating towards greener fields . Not everyone cares about graphics, but much more people do now more than ever. Nintendo by omitting this market in the Wii and betting to gameplay over graphics pretty much isolated itself in a little island of nostalgia for its characters and curious minds. What I mean is that pretty much the only ones still playing nintendo systems do it because of exclusive content ( no one really cares much for 3rd party developers) . Nintendo knows that and also knows (and I agree) that they're character world only requires to a point mind shattering graphics, so nintendo has bet on more "art oriented" style of animation. Rather than being able to count every single eyelash on mario's eyebrows or mustache and creating simulated physics on how high mario would bounce after jumping on a gumba on a hyper realistic world, nintendo on most of their titles ( excluding Zelda and Metroid ) focuses on to a higher quality in definition, and design but equally realistic ( cartoon like) reality. The 3Ds graphics are basically in between N64 and gamecube, I doubt anyone rants about graphics when playing a Pokemon game. 2. Why I didn't buy a 3DsPersonally I don't really play much video games as I used to when I was a kid. I think some of you may relate when I say that the cool thing about nintendo games is playing with friends. I remember staying over a whole weekend at my bf house and just trading Pokemon and completing challenges on who could evolve a cubone faster and then when we got bored we started playing with Pokemon toys and then checking on Pokemon stadium they're'e evolution level and so on. To be honest neither on Red or Silver did I ever even finish the game because we where to completely immersed on being part of the universe. You connected the game with the movie, later with the toy and other accessories, so you where literally buying years of entertainment out of 1 game. I think thats why nintendo resonates with kids, unlike when you grow up you never really create as much connections as deep of a immersion with these games, you become more analytical and less immersive and loose the whole magic of it at least in my case. I considered buying a 3Ds as much people probably did because of Pokemon X,Y. In a world where you can buy a x brand tablet for 200$ and get a ridiculous amount of use out of it ,when you compare it to a handheld gaming system costing the same it just seems stupid. So the XL was out, naturally I then though about the regular 3Ds but reading a lot of reviews saying it had a bunch of issues and practically stating it was inferior to the XL (and not only a smaller version) it was out.3. Why I bought a 2Ds (including nostalgic reasons)So I'll make this plain and simple just like the 2Ds. The 2Ds It is a non frills simple minded, functionally minimalistic and austere version of the 3Ds.i think there is two types of clients for this system, little kids or the straight to the point casual gamer1. Little Kidsdoesn't break as easily ( not flip flop)easier to holdcheaper 2. Straight to the point casual gamerBuying a 2Ds is like buying one of those wall-mart sold electric guitars ( i don't know if they even sell them). You just wanna plug it in and play, and pay as less as possible. The only thing you really care about is that it works, its not hideous but probably not sleek looking either, it has probably some screechy noises of crappy manufacturing but if you're not like a hardcore guitar player you won't care. The 2Ds has a really old school approach to it. Its one piece so its like a gameboy, I get that it has portability issues, it won't fit on you're pocket but you know who cares just have it on a backpack. Mono audio ( one speaker only) couldn't care less it's not like you have high definition super stereo sound on the 3Ds, if you had a game boy and liked it you won't care either. No 3D, I don't think it makes much of a difference, you will probably just get over it anyway. It's a Dead simple 3Ds. So in conclusion if you're a little kid, or are just a casual "just plug and play" gamer I think its a better option than a 3Ds. I love it.Engadget Reader90December 23, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Honestly, this is a great system for me, but I know that I haven't chosen it by standards that most adults would have to deal with. I have autism with an auditory and tactile sensory processing disorder- I have trouble feeling pressure, heat, and cold, and I have trouble with loud or sudden sounds...which means that I have actually almost snapped the screens off of two previously-owned Nintendo DS's either by accident or by being extremely startled....at age 26. The fact that it doesn't close is nice for me; the screen and buttons also never change orientation, so I don't spend 10 minutes fiddling with it to get it 'perfect'. The fact that it's all one texture is also very soothing. The smooth shiny plastics don't feel right to me- this is more substantial to my senses. The solid black color also means that the color of the system doesn't distract me from the games- I've had that problem before. As an aside, I also can't view 3D without getting extremely motion sick or nauseous because my sense of balance is kinda terrible, so I don't see any logical point in paying extra to buy a system with a feature that I am actually physically incapable of using.The fact that it only has one speaker doesn't bother me at all, because I'll either play with the volume very, very low, or with noise canceling headphones in. Overall, it's nice for me- the portability probably isn't the best for men...but girls have purses. We've been dealing with pants pockets that are 2 inches deep since we were about 12 years old. If any of us have ever been able to carry anything bigger than a stick of gum in our pockets, I'd like to know where they're buying their clothes from.In conclusion- men, get some purses! But seriously...no, it's a good system. I'm really happy with it, and I'm glad that it works for me. I would say it's a good choice for any adult or child who either can't view 3D or isn't very 'gentle' with things. It's also a great choice for any parents who have autistic gamers in their lives. :) Definitely recommended.Engadget Reader90December 6, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!being a 22 year old I do certainly get some odd looks when carrying this bad boy around. The battery life is great at least for me, I can get almost three days of casual Pokemon play without having to run for a charger.The only problems that I have is that the touch screen is extremely susceptible to scratches and the stylus feel so so so cheap, It feels like a thick caprisun straw.Over all for price and quality I got what I paid for, and for 129$+tax is a bargain. I recommend it to anyone looking to for a cheap handheld.
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