Pure|News got invited by Nintendo Portugal to put to test their newest version of the Nintendo 3DS.
The new version is called “Nintendo 2DS” and just like the name says it’s all about the 2D, the Nintendo 2DS is a cheaper version of the 3DS with only the 2DS feature of the portable console available. We sat down a bit talking about the Nintendo 2DS with Jorge Vieira the PR in Chief of Nintendo, and from what we understood this version of the 3DS is mostly aimed to the people that want to play the 3DS games but paying the minimum price for it, but without any more delays let’s go deep with the hardware that comes with this console.
So what’s different in terms of hardware between the 2DS and 3DS versions? In terms of screen size the Upper screen features a 3.52 inch Widescreen LCD while the lower one has 3.02 inch touchscreen LCD.. But wait a second this reminds me of something… You’re right it’s the same inches as the normal 3DS version! The only differences is that the upper screen of the 2DS does NOT feature a 3D-enabled Widescreen.
In terms of sound hardware, unlike the other 3DS consoles the 2DS has Mono speakers (stereo is available if you use headphones though) some might be skeptical regarding this, but I can promise that the Mono speaker gets the job done with the sound spreading if it’s the maximum volume, it’s not like stereo but it’s pretty close to it.
Now let’s talk for a second about the Battery time which is one of the things that gamers all around the world are always worried, the 2DS has the same Battery Time like any other 3DS version it’s around 3.5 to 5.5 hours if you’re playing a 3DS game, BUT if you’re playing a DS game the 2DS lasts less one hour than the other versions, so yeah one less hour to play Pokemon from the DS.
How does the console feels in your hand? Great, to be honest it’s even more conformable than the other 3DS versions, the console fits perfectly in your hand and even if you spend more than 3 hours playing you won’t feel a pain unlike you used to have with the first 3DS(at least for me) if you either have big or small hands the console will fit you perfectly, the buttons are close to each other so you won’t have any trouble with reaching them in time without a problem. At first it will feel weird when you start your gaming sessions with the 2DS, but once you get used to it you don’t really wanna let it go… Although you’ll miss the 3D effects from the older versions… and the bigger screen from the Xl version.. Oh well.
There isn’t really much to say about the 2DS, the console feels and plays great and its a version aimed to a target audience that is looking for a cheaper version of the 3DS and nowadays price truly is a major issue and some people are not really into the whole 3D gaming so the 2DS might find its home in today’s market.
In terms of Camera the 2DS adds something new, a inner front camera that can be used to take “Selfies” or to whatever you want to do with it, the camera still features 2 outer back cameras in both 2D and 3D.
The 2ds comes out on the same day that Pokemon X and Y comes out, we heard there might be a few bundles with X and Y but nothing it’s confirmed yet. In my honest opinion the 2DS is curently the best choice for any gamer that wants to play the newest 3DS games for a cheaper price.
Should we get skeptical regarding the design? Yeah a bit, the first problem with the design is that you aren’t able to fold it so it might become a problem for those who wish to carry it on their pockets. This might make a person take a bag just for it which is one of my personal cons against the 2DS. One can argue that not being able to fold and act like a tablet becomes more comfortable for the hands but that depends on the person. In terms of portability, it might become a issue like I’ve stated before, at the end of the day it takes out the idea of “taking our console everywhere” right? at least comfortably taking it.
Nintendo 2DS retail is priced at 129.99$ and will be launched worldwide on October 12th, weather or not it will be a success it’s up to the market, with the whole Pokemon and Super Mario fever the 2DS might be able to get to the top if there’s some interesting priced bundles.
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