Nintendo's 3DS struggled upon introduction, prompting the Japanese console-maker to drop the price of the handheld in an effort to boost sales. Now the company is dropping the 3D aspect of the 3DS with a new device dubbed the 2DS.
On the other side, I am curious to see how this will play for yon emulators. Might be possible to get a 2DS emulator if the hardware is similar enough to the DS (Much like Dolphin with the Gamecube and Wii)
Wow, I like this. I haven't but a 3DS yet, so I'm going to get this instead. 3D gives me a headache, it's significantly cheaper than the 3DS, and I prefer the 1 piece design over the clamshell design, which looked quite flimsy at the hinges to me.
This sounds like a sarcasm news article made by the onion. I don't care for the 3D graphics, and there might be better battery life. it's a shame that it device is too thick. I'd have to see it in person, but it sounds good on paper.
As mentioned in the article; this device is geared towards younger kids. One of the issues the 3DS, and the previous DS consoles had was the hinges. Kids have a higher tendency to be less gentle with the hinges and they break more often. Omitting the hinges is actually a feature to increase its durability in this case.
Some people cannot even use the 3D features due to nonfunctional stereoscopic vision. Some parents were concerned about eye strain, and some just aren't interested in having to play at the "right angle". Why would they want to turn the slider down and pay extra for a function on a device they will never once use? That part was a long time in coming. The hideous design however is another story. It's definitely true kids can break a folding DS pretty easily due to the hinges so this is great for parents, but it also doesn't look like this would fit in a pocket at all. What is the point of a handheld that won't fit in a pocket? Either way, this isn't for people who are fine with the current 3DS. It's to bring in more customers who don't already have one. Not a device refresh folks, nor is it likely they'll make many units..
I feel like this is a pretty smart move, as 3DS has huge market of small children, but the 3D -effect should not be used by them, and the hinges are weak. The lower price should also entice parents this holiday season.
Step 1: Make both screens the same size
Step 2: Remove the spacing between them
Step 3: Enjoy your fully functionnal DS/Tablet hybrid. Watch movies, take notes, chat, etc. in full screen and play in dual screens