The Nintendo 2DS? - My Thoughts

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Bill Loguidice
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Hmmm...

dragon57 wrote:
I have read a number of comments from adults who stated the 3DS gave them headaches and they were considering getting a 2DS because of it. One of the reporters on BetaNews just published an article saying he couldn't wait to trade his 3DS in to GameStop for a 2DS. Maybe the big N knows something we don't. I suppose registration and other comments filtering in could have prompted a 2D only version.
Now, the name, 2DS, good grief! :)

What's strange, though, is that they already have a 2DS if they have a 3DS. Simply turning off the slider does the same thing, plus you have larger screens if you get the 3DS XL and on-board stereo, instead of mono, sound.

With that said, it's clear that a significant population of users weren't happy with the 3D.

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I have read a number of

I have read a number of comments from adults who stated the 3DS gave them headaches and they were considering getting a 2DS because of it. One of the reporters on BetaNews just published an article saying he couldn't wait to trade his 3DS in to GameStop for a 2DS. Maybe the big N knows something we don't. I suppose registration and other comments filtering in could have prompted a 2D only version.

Now, the name, 2DS, good grief! :)

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Great point, handn't seen that one yet

davyK wrote:
It's a way of simplifying the hardware lineup. They can formally drop the DS line now that there's a 2DS and 3DS.
The 2DS might be in response to previous bad press about headaches and getting a handheld for kids.

Your first point is spot on about retiring the DS finally. I didn't think of that one. That's definitely been taking away some sales from the 3DS. I don't agree with the latter point, though. I haven't see any reports myself.

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It's a way of simplifying the

It's a way of simplifying the hardware lineup. They can formally drop the DS line now that there's a 2DS and 3DS.

The 2DS might be in response to previous bad press about headaches and getting a handheld for kids.

Bill Loguidice
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I've made my comments

I've made my comments elsewhere, but I'll repeat some of them here. It's obvious why Nintendo did this. By using a single touchscreen, separated by plastic dividers (and an extra layer of plastic over the top portion of the screen to eliminate the chance of touching it), and having a single unibody design, they can produce this incredibly inexpensively, making their margins - even at $129 - high. I would have preferred them lowering the price on the regular 3DS than do this, but its understandable that they couldn't lower the manufacturing costs on that.

The main problem for me is that now they've split their user base and have - without actually stating it - killed future 3D games. Sure, future games will have 3D depth, but they won't use the 3D for any significant gameplay elements games like Super Mario 3D Land or Pushmo. That's a pity.

With all the above said, I suspect the vast majority of 3DS users don't bother much with the 3D and won't miss it, and this is quiet way for Nintendo to pivot and position themselves for a 2D future again.

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