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Nintendo 2DS: The Review

The Nintendo 2DS officially launched across Europe, North America and Australia priced at £109.99. You might be wondering with us how Nintendo still hooks people today, considering the large variety of portable 3D games available in the market. Apparently, there are good things still happening with Nintendo, including this particular new addition to its 3DS family of consoles.

Nintendo 2DS talking points

Nintendo’s new, low-cost handheld console has a design layout that is much the same as the Nintendo DS. It has a D-pad, thumbstick, start button, select button, four face buttons, two shoulder buttons and a home stud tucket below the second lower screen. There is not much else in its flat slab design to get too excited about. Each screen is also over an inch smaller than those on the 3DS XL.

That said, the new Nintendo 2DS does have some cool built-in features and capabilities. To start with it is compatible with all Nintendo 3DS and most Nintendo DS games. It also boasts parental controls, access to the Nintendo eShop and wireless connectivity for multiplayer and co-op play. Additionally, the console features a Nintendo 2DS stylus, Nintendo 3DS AC adapter and 4GB SD card for storage.

While the 2DS plays all Nintendo 3DS and most Nintendo DS games, it does not support 3DS and 3DS XL’s raison d'êtres glasses-free 3D. In other words, the 2DS does everything the 3DS and 3DS XL do, except display content in 3D which is quite a shame really.

"The new Nintendo 2DS system gives you all the features of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, minus 3D viewing. And the price makes the world of Nintendo games even more accessible," explains Nintendo on its website.

Bottom line

Expectations on the new Nintendo 2DS launch was always low and the finished product hasn’t exactly swept us off our feet. We maintain the Nintendo 3DS XL is still the best choice in the Nintendo 3DS family because of its bigger screens and more complete features. It does feel a little like a step down when you switch from the 3DS XL to the 2DS.

The Nintendo 2DS is available in both red + white and black + blue at leading retail shops and the company website at nintendo.co.uk/.

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