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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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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User Reviews

90
fuguet
being a 22 year old I do certainly get some odd looks when carrying this bad...read more
90
GracieLune
Honestly, this is a great system for me, but I know that I haven't chosen it...read more
80
Rychycomicsmake
I think its a pretty awesome handheld system, but I have to admit that I am...read more
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Model

Key Specs

Game format
Downloadable, Cartridge
Direction control
D-pad
Motion controls
no
Camera
yes
Online features
Multiplayer, Store, Browser

General

Game format
Downloadable, Cartridge (2048 MB)
Backward compatible
yes (1 generations)

Display

Secondary display
yes

Controls / accessories

Direction control
D-pad
Motion controls
no
Camera
yes (Internal)

Sound

Speakers
Mono
Audio jack
3.5mm

Media playback

Photo viewer
yes
Audio playback
yes (AAC, MP3)
Video playback
yes

Networking / online service

WiFi
yes
Online features
Multiplayer, Store, Browser
Downloadable content
Games

Storage

Internal storage
yes
Memory card support
yes (SD)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
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