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Nintendo 2DS

The 2DS.

The Nintendo 2DS is the second revision of the Nintendo 3DS, after the Nintendo 3DS XL. It is the first revision to not have a hinge, which has been a staple of the Nintendo DS/3DS line. It loses the capability to play games in 3D, but still has support for Nintendo 3DS games. It was released in the fall of 2013 in all regions, along with Pokémon X / Y.

The Nintendo 2DS is an entry-level version of the Nintendo 3DS which maintains otherwise identical hardware, similar functionality, and compatibility with software designed for the Nintendo DS and 3DS. However, the 2DS is differentiated by a new slate form factor rather than the clamshell design used by its precursors, its use of a single touchscreen LCD panel instead of two individual panels, and by lacking the Nintendo 3DS's signature autostereoscopic 3D display. The 2DS is sold concurrently with the 3DS and 3DS XL as an incentive to expand the market for Nintendo 3DS games; Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime stated that the 2DS was primarily targeted towards younger players (such as those younger than age 7), whom they had previously advised not to use the 3D functionality on the 3DS due to potential eye health concerns.

History

Nintendo officially unveiled the 2DS on August 28, 2013 via a press release. Members of the press were given a chance to demo the device in private prior to the announcement.

With the 2DS, the company aimed to produce a device that would be "new, unique, different, and [bring] more people into this category that we love." Part of this goal was achieved by positioning the device at a lower price point than the 3DS; in North America, the system retailed at $129.99 on launch, in comparison to the US$169.99 price of the standard 3DS.[1][2] According to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, the Nintendo 2DS is primarily aimed at a younger demographic than the Nintendo 3DS — particularly, those younger than 7 years old; whom Nintendo had advised not to use the 3D features on the 3DS due to potential eye health concerns (although the validity of Nintendo's claims were questioned by vision experts who believed that the 3DS could help diagnose certain eye problems, and considered the warnings to be for liability reasons).[3][4]

Reception

The Nintendo 2DS received mixed reviews. While pricing and form-factor were generally considered ideal, the console's aesthetics and battery life were widely criticized. The Telegraph noted that the lack of hinges in the console improved its robustness, and that rounding out the footprint makes it an ideal handheld for children. However, the publication criticized the console's mono speaker, which offered a lower sound quality than its predecessors. It also criticized the battery life, which it described as being the same as the original 3DS model. On the other hand, it praised the screens' brighter display and wider viewing angle, despite their not being as large as those of the Nintendo 3DS XL.[5] Eurogamer reinforced the idea that the Nintendo 2DS isn't aimed at "seasoned players" or current Nintendo 3DS owners, and felt that the system wasn't produced with aesthetics in mind. The publication also criticized the resistive touchscreen, which felt outdated, the mono speaker and battery life. However, Eurogamer felt that the system is much more comfortable to hold than the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL.[6] Analyst Piers Harding-Rolls felt that the Nintendo 2DS would help Nintendo broaden its market, and believes that third-party publishers will have more commitment to the platform moving forward.[7]

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References


Nintendo 3DS (logo)

Predecessor: Nintendo DS
Successor: None

Revisions
Nintendo 3DS XL - Nintendo 2DS - Nintendo 3DS Family
Other Hardware
SD Card - Game cartridge
Software
Nintendo Network - Miiverse - Nintendo eShop - Swapnote (Nintendo Letter Box - Nintendo Postbox) - Nintendo Video - Nintendo Zone - Puzzle Swap - StreetPass Mii Plaza - StreetPass - SpotPass - Virtual Console
Games
Pilotwings Resort - Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U - Tomodachi Life - Mario Kart 7

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