So, Nintendo 2DS is a thing and — brace yourselves, people — it's exactly like the Nintendo 3DS, minus one dimension. If you're sure this must be some kind of really bad joke, don't worry, you're not alone. It seems all of the Web and social media outlets like Twitter are trying to figure out why Nintendo chose to make its next upgrade the same device, only worse. If this is your first time hearing about the 2DS, let us fill you in on just what an ironic masterpiece this "new" Nintendo handheld console is.
According to Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime, the Nintendo 2DS is "an entry-level handheld gaming system," meaning, it seems, that this is the thing you buy for all the baby gamers in the house. The new system is smaller and more compact than the predecessor but has had some interesting "features" removed and added.
1. Nintendo 2DS plays 3DS games — but in 2D. That's right: Any game you have that can be 3D will now be downgraded to 2D and play on your 2DS. Although the 3DS was capable of turning off the 3D via slider, for some reason Nintendo felt a separate and certainly unequal device was necessary to showcase this quite mundane feature, but lets keep going.
2. The Nintendo 2DS doesn't fold. Yep, you read it right. For those of you who were always complaining about how inconvenient it was to fold up your 3DS and stick it in your pocket, or were just thoroughly confused by the whole clamshell concept in general, this 2DS utlizes a strange solution. Since the device won't fold at all, you wont even consider trying to stuff that one in your pocket. Instead, by default, you'll just shove it in your wife or mom's purse (or your own). So much better, right? Right.
3. The Nintendo 2DS is as ugly as sin. Yeah you knew with the money savings there would be some trade-off in looks, but did they really have to go and do all that? This thin cheese wedge looking device is just hideous, even if it does feature two screens. It's like Nintendo has just thrown up their hands and given up the fight, while saying to Apple's Phil Schiller, "You're right! We can't innovate anymore! We're just trying to save our a**!"
4. What it lacks in convenience, it makes up for in price point (we guess). The new Nintendo 2DS scheduled to be released October 12, 2013 will be available for $129.99 — a price point $30 less than the Nintendo 3DS' $159.99. I guess for some this will probably be considered an advantage, but considering all that you're not getting — for example, an attractive device you can be proud to show your friends — we're not convinced.
The only thing Nintendo could have possibly been thinking with the backtrack on the new Nintendo 2DS is that maybe by simplifying and getting back to what once worked — marketing to children rather than their hardcore gaming mommies and daddies — maybe they could save the little bit of face they have left. The jury's still out on whether or not that strategy will actually work but for now, the initial reviews aren't looking too good. Here's a quick round up of Twitter gamers' reactions to the upcoming Nintendo 2DS.
Twitter Reacts To Nintendo 2DS
Nintendo just announced "Nintendo 2DS", a 3DS version without 3D. Whut?!
— Endigo Skyborn (@EndigoOverworld) August 28, 2013
Whew, boy...that Nintendo 2DS is a great Onion article...wait, that's a real Nintendo press release? Uh.... — Christian Spicer (@spicer) August 28, 2013
The Nintendo 2DS is perfect for people who found both opening the 3DS and turning off the 3D too difficult
— CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) August 28, 2013
@vogon are we sure this isn’t a parody? Because if I were to parody Nintendo backtracking on the 3DS, the lack of hinge is a good touch — Melissa (@0xabad1dea) August 28, 2013
The 3D effect on 3DS was always a gimmick, but this new non-3D “2DS” is a bizarre-looking device. http://t.co/dFAjLXQJcw — Matt Gemmell (@mattgemmell) August 28, 2013
I will buy a Nintendo 2DS. It shall sit beside my KIN and Zune. — Tom Warren (@tomwarren) August 28, 2013
Nintendo is doing a good job parodying themselves http://t.co/1ZwGYkCESD — Melissa (@0xabad1dea) August 28, 2013
Nintendo 2DS? Sounds like they're (justifiably) afraid of iOS. — Sean Heber (@BigZaphod) August 28, 2013
@0xabad1dea ..and it doesn't fold? It's like they had a meeting about how to make it worse. — Jason White (@ra6bit) August 28, 2013
What a weird design… I wouldn't like knowing that it couldn't close mind #2DS http://t.co/CcMAiTNN3T — Fiona Dodd (@lefeef) August 28, 2013
Is the nintendo 2ds for real omg. — alex band guy (@reyreybinx) August 28, 2013
The new Nintendo 2DS! It's like the 3DS... without the 3D. (Yup, this IS for reals.) http://t.co/XChVrHqPXA — Rasputin42x69 (@rasputin42x69) August 28, 2013
Nintendo 2DS: For those who found the clamshell design just way too confusing. — Ryan Vienneau (@therealryanvi) August 28, 2013
Nintendo announces 2DS Handheld http://t.co/nLhOi15Qgs uuuhhhhh..... Nintendo 2DS? C'mon, Nintendo. I love you guys but seriously? — Kai Smith (@KaiSteelSmith) August 28, 2013
The Nintendo 2DS looks absolutely vile — SeanLee (@Sean_Lee93) August 28, 2013
Wait..That Nintendo 2DS thing is real? What in the? I feel for their poor marketing department (not that they were doing a great job before) — Gregory Gay (@Greg4cr) August 28, 2013
Wait, the Nintendo 2DS is a thing? So first a redesign with bigger screen that stretches pixels, now this and still no second analog nub? — Leon K Fox (@LeonKFox) August 28, 2013
So... the Nintendo 2DS is a thing. And it looks like this http://t.co/IIxzVH2aok The hell you doin' Ninty? — James Struthers (@Jamstruth) August 28, 2013
Nintendo 2DS. Most pointless thing I've ever seen in my life — Henry Stockdale (@HDStockdale) August 28, 2013
Lmfao... As if Nintendo have actually come out with the "Nintendo 2DS". — Noodle Freak (@NoodleFreak0) August 28, 2013
Nintendo 2DS? I thought Wii U was confusing. Also, can't you just turn the slider off? Ugh . . . — Chris Sealy (@LunarDiaries) August 28, 2013
Good lord, the Nintendo 2DS is 'burn it with fire' levels of ugly — Patrick Scott (@patrickjcscott) August 28, 2013
The Nintendo 2DS looks so bad. Can't even close it, it's like a brick. — Frankie Fryer (@JamieHope_) August 28, 2013
why would you buy a fucking nintendo 2ds for 130$ when you can have one with 3d for 160$ ???????????????????????????????? — Ana (@Pokemouis) August 28, 2013
Just seen the Nintendo 2DS. Have they completely lost touch now??? Not seen a ninty console I like In so long. GameCube ruled — Tom Randall (@djnermal) August 28, 2013
The Nintendo 2DS is the weirdest thing I have EVER SEEN in my entire life. Well, the weirdest Nintendo thing. Proly not my entire life. — Lite Agent (@lite_agent) August 28, 2013
Nintendo 2DS? More like the Nintendo VMAs Miley Cyrus Ben Affleck Batman Gangnam Style DS!!!!!!!!!!!! — Frank Howley (@FrankHowley) August 28, 2013
That Nintendo 2DS sure is hideous. — Alexander Burgos (@alfiebc) August 28, 2013
how is this nintendo 2ds thing even real like??????????????just turn 3d off on ur 3ds??????????? wow u now hav a 2ds Well Done
— POTATAO (@himchvn) August 28, 2013
First Nintendo 3DS. Then Nintendo 2DS. Next Nintendo 1DS. Then files bankruptcy. Releases the invisible 0DS. — Jeff Blix (@JeffBlix) August 28, 2013
I'll give you $500 if you give me a legit reason why the Nintendo 2DS should even exist.
— Will Royster (@royster92) August 28, 2013