Nintendo 2DS Hands-on: Comfier Than it Looks

Nintendo 2DS Hands-on

It’s no coincidence that the Nintendo 2DS and “Pokemon X and Y Versions” will release on the same day: Oct. 12. Available in the same shades of red and blue as the current 3DS XL, the $130 2DS forgoes the clamshell design of the 3DS line for a slate-like design. Of course, both screens are present, and are about the same size as the original model’s panels.

However, to achieve that puny price point, Nintendo dropped the scalable, glasses-free 3D graphics of its predecessors. And that’s not the only concession of the 2DS: This model loses a speaker, with just one featured on the top left of its matte, black plastic face. Finally, we found the direction pad underneath the circle pad to have more give than on preceding devices. Frankly, it feels squishy.

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Negatives aside, the 2DS manages to achieve the same punchiness in its face buttons (A, B, X and Y) as before as well a marked improvement in its shoulder buttons. The L and R buttons on the uppermost corners of the 2DS are much larger than ever before and nearly cushion your entire index fingers. And no squish here; we could hear the shoulder buttons click even above the din of the New York Comic Con show floor.

Nintendo managed to fit every other feature of the 3DS line within the 2DS, including Wi-Fi, an SD card reader, a full size stylus, a headphone jack and even a sliding sleep button. This button toggles the same effect as closing a traditional 3DS does, putting the device into a low power state while maintaining your exact position on-screen.

Nintendo has done everything in its power to ensure that the latest Pokemon games are a success (short of releasing them on smartphones and tablets). While you could argue that fervent Pokemon fans don’t need much convincing, their parents might, and this was a brilliant CYA move by the Mario house.

All in all, the 2DS is much more comfortable than it looks. Just don’t expect to fit this console in your pocket. (Nintendo includes a carrying case.) Of course, this is by no means a gaming console to aspire toward if you already own a 3DS or 3DS XL. However, if you — or your Pokemon-crazed child — are an aspiring DS owner, this is your express lane.

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  • heero yuy
    comfier than it looks
    people say the wiiu game pad looks uncomfortable but its really comfortable
    these new nintendo things look a bit weird making people say they look uncomfortable (or go as far as to say they are not comfortable without even ever touching one) but they are really comfy
  • somebodyspecial
    If it doesn't fit in your pocket there's no gain over shield. Buy a FAR more powerful NV Shield device and forget these. Streaming from PC, higher res, all google apps/games (and all the crap being made right now/future) etc etc. The features a Shield device has over these is HUGE and growing every day. Also holding a shield (basically xbox360 gamepad) is far more comfortable for hours over these.
  • SteelCity1981
    really 130 dollars how long as the 3ds been out for and yet this is a 2ds model and they want 130 bucks? yeah no thank you. I mean cell phones have already surpassed the 3ds hardware performance you would think. that this thing would sell for 49.99 and the 3ds would sell for 79.99 and the 3ds xl would sell for 109.99 by now.