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80 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Summary

It may look more like a Fisher Price toy than a sophisticated piece of modern gaming hardware, but the Nintendo 2DS hits a sweet spot that will please kids and (especially) their parents.

While the odd, wedge-shaped design might be offputting, the Guardian finds it a "surprisingly comfortable object to hold," and TechCrunch says it's "cleverly designed, and fits nicely in the hands." It's a little less comfortable in pockets, though -- Ars Technica calls it "the least pocket friendly portable this side of a Sega Game Gear," and the lack of a clamshell means Pocket-Lint finds it "a pain to carry around." But you might not be carrying the 2DS around that much, with the battery life only offering about "3 to 5 hours or of play time" according to CNET, on par with the original 3DS.

It also lacks the 3D functionality of the other models but, unless you're playing Mario 3D Land, TechRadar says it "won't affect gameplay." And that's important, because it's no coincidence that the 2DS went on sale the same day as Pokémon X and Y: This is a system designed to sell games. The lower price of $129, a more durable design, and a lack of eye-straining 3D -- anything that might have caused parents (or budget-conscious gamers) to hesitate on purchasing a 3DS has been stripped away to create a friendlier entry point for gamers to experience Pokémon, Mario, Zelda, and all the other wonders of Nintendo's excellent 3DS games library.

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Critic Reviews 18

90
 
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User Reviews 5
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Specs

Key Specs

Game format
Downloadable, Cartridge
Touchscreen
No
Online features
Multiplayer, Store, Browser
Direction control
D-pad
Motion controls
No
Camera
Yes
Game format
Touchscreen
Online features
Direction control
Motion controls
Camera
Downloadable, Cartridge
No
Multiplayer, Store, Browser
D-pad
No
Yes

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80 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

90
hailstormknight
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
100
LaTealia
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
80
Rychycomicsmake
I think its a pretty awesome handheld system, but I have to admit that I am...read more
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