Nintendo Announces the 2DS, Is It Worth Owning?


Nintendo have just announced the new portable system called the 2DS coming this October. Nope it’s not a typo, it’s actually a 3DS without 3D compatibility.

Details/Release Date:

The 2DS can play all the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS titles. The size of the screens are the same as the standard 3DS. This version will not have 3D capability although the cameras will still be able to take video footage and photos in 3D although they cannot be displayed in 3D on the 2DS.

The 2DS will not feature a clam shell design similar to the Gameboy Micro instead it will feature a flat, tablet like design.


The 2DS will be available on the 12th of October, the same day that Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are releasing. The 2DS will cost you $129.99 and that is $40 cheaper than the standard version of the 3DS and $70 cheaper than the bigger 3DS XL.

The 2DS still features, Wi-FI capabilities,the eShop and all the features found on the 3DS and 3DS XL.

“Imagine a standard 3DS laid all the way flat, and with the depth slider all the way down,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said while speaking with IGN. “Everything else is there in the system.”

The 2DS will be available in both red and blue at launch.top-hw-red

Target Audience:

This is targeted for younger audiences because of the fact that the 3D is removed from the system on the screen. The 2DS is now targeted at a wider audience especially with titles such as Animal Crossing : New Leaf and Pokémon X and Y coming out at launch which are milder games adequate for families and younger audiences. The 2DS is aimed at users playing under the age of seven.

Comparision to the 3DS/3DS XL

As previously mentioned, apart from how they look, the 2DS now features:

  • A Sleep slider which is basically like virtually closing the clamshell design on the 3DS/3DS XL.


  • The speakers are also mono which means you can only get stereo sound through the 3.5mm jack using a pair of headphones or speakers.
  • The lack of 3D.
  • 4GB card included (3DS has 2GB card included)
  • Slighty higher battery life than the 3DS
  • Lacks the Power Saving Mode
  • Heavier than the 3DS but lighter than the 3DS XL


Is it worth it?

If you want to buy it for a child under the age of seven, the 2DS is the way to go as it is more adequate and cheaper due to the reduction of the 3D screen.


If you are over the age of seven, I recommend the 3DS or the 3DS XL over the 2DS if you want to take advantage of the 3D capabilities and like the clam-shell design.

Overall, if you’re not interested in 3D, and don’t want to pay an extra $40, go with the 2DS. If you want the bigger screen, go with the 3DS XL hands down. The 3DS is for the average consumer that wants to use the 3D features and likes the clam-shell design.


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