Nintendo Unveils 2DS: “Talk About Unhinged!”

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Nintendo’s announcement of the 2DS, boasting no 3D, no hinges and a lower price, looks as if it may please parents but has gamers in an uproar – most seeming to be of the opinion that it is another Virtual Boy or even PSP Go.

The 2DS features full compatibility with DS and 3DS games, albeit without any 3D display, and ditches the clamshell design in favour of an elegantly brick-like dual-screen “tablet” format.

Its major feature is a lower price – dropping to $129 from the $169-$199 of the existing 3DS models.

The cheaper price and – crucially, in light of medical research suggesting “3D” displays may be dangerous to young children which Nintendo has been at pains to ignore – 2D display are believed to be intended to make the 2DS particularly appealing to younger gamers and their parents.

Europe and North America are confirmed as having October releases, with Japan’s release as yet unannounced.

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Nintendo has also announced a US price cut for its less than spectacularly successful Wii U, with the 32GB model dropping to $299 in September.

To say the 2DS announcement has underwhelmed Japanese gamers would be an understatement, although how it plays to western markets is another matter:

“So it’s back to 2D after all that hype!”

“This is a joke… right?”

“Who wants this. Why’d they dump 3D all of a sudden?”

“Something to do with patent issues was it?”

“3D just makes your eyes hurt, no wonder they finally dropped it.”

“This one looks pretty hard to control.”

“Not being able to fold one of these is surely some kind of punishment.”

“The design looks absolutely awful.”

“Was it April 1st already?”

“Huge and unhinged, all we need in a portable!”

“Ditch the 3D and make it solid, but slightly cheaper. Who wants this?”

“Removing the 3D is all very well but making it unhinged like this is just sadistic.”

“You’d think they’d have given it one big screen if they went flat like this…”

“The next generation Virtual Boy!”

“This is pure joke grade hardware.”

“A kid might get away with this but no adult could possibly use it in public.”

“Nintendo really seem to have been reduced to relying on their name to sell this stuff.”

“I think they wanted to go for a stylish tablet but this was the end result.”

“Actually I wouldn’t mind one, the folding design is a nuisance if you are used to tablets.”

“Good riddance to 3D, but this design – seriously?”

“I still think it looks like a dodgy Photoshop.”


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    Avatar of Burly
    Comment by Burly
    07:32 29/08/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Good god! It looks like a 90's era handheld. Burn it!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:49 29/08/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I miss my gameboy color, don't knock the classics, i've had more fun with them than i have had with my Wii U.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:54 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You'd still say that even if Nintendo designs their next console as a piece of toast....oh wait.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 30/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks more like an amateur case mod than an actual product.

    It is silly (to the consumers)to have 2 LCD when it is unhinged.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:35 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    my gameboy pocket is far manlier than this crap

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:06 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    My Pikachu edition Gameboy Color is manlier than your GB Pocket.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:13 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    My Gameboy classic is manlier then Both your gameboys put together most of you dont even remember the first generation .. playing old games in mono color is for the hard core gamers

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 30/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    hello, gameboy pocket is also in monochrome

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:50 30/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ermahgerd... I remember the GBC... horrible battery life... use to get so po'd when they would go out in the middle of game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:09 30/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even my Hello Kitty edition GBL is manlier than 2DS.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:12 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck yeah!! o/

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:40 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    every time they go out with 'a new version of a console', its always slimmer. i guess not for this time, huh...

    Comment by Dark Mage
    13:28 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like something home made you'd see on on hackaday.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:08 29/08/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This looks extremely uncomfortable to hold.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:12 30/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    My thoughts exactly. The original was bad enough, but this just looks like it would cause arthritis on the spot, lol.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    17:05 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "It is, I held it"

    Right, faggot

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:28 30/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "It is, I actually held it!"

    Yeah, right. Sure you did.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:37 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    i think it doubles as a blunt weapon at a point

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:45 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, to hit friends psvita, and instantly get arrested by police..

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:05 30/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    A wild PSVita appears !
    Otaku uses 2DS.
    It's very effective !
    PSVita takes more than 9000 points of damage.

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    Comment by mayoniizu
    09:57 29/08/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    oh boy..

    they trying to teach kids to prefer 2d girls over 3d girls

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:37 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    i sure ain't be playing loveplus with this thing in public... my whole fetish will be spread open to the world...

    Comment by Anonymous

    congrats !
    you are a nintendog being a nintendo fanboy

    Comment by Anonymous

    Next, on the 2DS, Hyperdimension Neptunia 2V: The DFC Reckoning.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:43 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    not gonna happen

    Comment by Anonymous

    congrats !
    you are a nintendog being a nintendo fanboy

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:45 29/08/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I think they have Problems to get new 3D Displays from Sharp as they no make any new 3D Phones for Japan.
    BUT THIS DESIGN???? NO EXCUSES!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "We'll also do the unobvious and stupid thing and not include a second control nub to make gaming easier."

    Because we all know they could have but just refused to because they're nintrendo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:29 29/08/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Oh god not one of you idiots again.

    Look, there have been literally only a handful of games to actually make use of the circle pad pro attackment, two of them by Capcom. It was basically an attachment to play Monster Hunter, spurred on by them, and no games have made use of it since. NOT EVEN Capcom's own Monster Hunter 4 is going to use it.

    And you're asking Nintendo to implement the fucking thing as a standard feature in their console?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:22 29/08/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    The reason why Devs don't develop controls for a 2nd analog stick is because its not standard hardware. If Nintendo was smart they'd have built in a 2nd analog when they released the 3ds or even this piece of crap. If they did I'd guarantee you'd see more games making use of a 2nd analog.

    No one makes controls for the circle pad strictly because its hard to tell how many people actually own one. So its a waste of money to actually spend time to make a separate control scheme/function for it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:16 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And then what? Everyone with an older model 3DS is just supposed to buy new crap to be able to play new games, or be content with games that have a dumbed down single stick mode, as opposed to games that are built completely around having a single stick?

    No, adding a second analogue stick fragments the market and having two versions of the same hardware out never, ever works. Developers will always want to be compatible with all versions, so they will not make games for it. It happened with the added analogue sticks on the PSX, it happened with the Wii motion plus enabled wiimote, it happened with Kinect which was supposed to become an integral part of the Xbox 360 (the incredible force of MS's fortune behind it, and still have you seen any proper games for it?) and it will happen forever with any hardware that is not standard on ALL versions of a console, new and old.

    Read up on why MS is refusing to offer any versions of the Xbox One without Kinect this time around.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:52 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I find that with portable game consoles that its better to have a fixed camera or a 1button rotate camera button, if you want the full console feel in your games play it on a a console.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:32 30/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The iphone is completely, utterly different type of platform. It's a new internals upgrade every time, like the PC, which you should have mentioned instead of the fucking iphone, lol, if you'd wanted any attempt at a proper argument.

    So why don't YOU go back to your hole which is your mother's cunt, you retard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:12 30/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Having 2 versions of the same hardware out never works... is that why people with iPhones buy a new one every year?

    But good job you basically just rewrote what I said in a negative light like a retard. Like I said the circle pad doesn't have more than few games with controls for it for just that reason. Now go back to your hole retard.

    Avatar of TheHatredDevilMayCry
    15:03 31/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its just as you said: VERY FEW use the Pro Pad attachment, but why the hell did they make this!?!?(I swear I thought my friend was lying to make me laugh but seeing it now it feels better if it were just a lie).

    Comment by Anonymous

    congrats !
    you are a nintendog being a nintendo fanboy

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:33 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do realize the touchscreen can be used as a second analog input when needed, right? Also, this is a stripped down budget version of the handheld intended for young children, not an enhanced version targeting core gamers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:05 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    3D was good for nothing... they removed an unnecessary feature and made it cheaper, I don't see the problem!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:30 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about big, fat, and ugly? This won't fit in anybodies pocket.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:09 19/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    BFU? To match the people using them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:51 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, lets look at the clues,

    1. It's bulky for a handheld meant to fit in a pocket, so whoever buys it will have to wear baggy pants.

    2. It's cheap, so it's geared toward low-income families.

    3. It can be used as a discrete weapon.

    So judging by the clues we find that it was definatly designed for blackers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:38 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they just removed the 3D, that would be fine. No hinge means you can't fit it in a pocket and you need a case to protect the screens.

    Comment by Anonymous

    congrats !
    you are a nintendog being a nintendo fanboy

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:12 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Lol.
    Maybe you're a Nintendo hater...
    3D = sux, now they removed it, it's good.

    However other Anon is right, it's ugly, and the clamshell design shouldn't be removed.

    Comment by Anonymous

    No.

    3D does not equal sux, in fact it is pretty great. Only little kids hate it, which is why this handheld is aimed at little kids with the low price and lack of a breakable hinge.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:26 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm a Nintendo fanboy and I don't like this because I liked the 3D.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:44 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The 3D is awesome. The only reason they removed it here was to appeal to parents buying it for young children, where it's still unknown whether viewing stereoscopic images at a fixed focus for hours every day could be harmful to vision development, and for those only willing to buy a portable gaming device at a lower price point. I'm quite sure the next proper 3DS revision will continue to have a 3D screen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:15 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    since when Nintendo became Apple?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:28 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can understand this is for parents of small children who will break the device by folding it wrong.

    But that's why I was against the dual screen gimmick in the first place, back in 2004. To this day I can't remember what the purpose of the bottom screen was for in the 20 or so 3/ds games that I played.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:55 29/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    atrocious design !
    prefer to pay more 40$ than buy this shit







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