New Nintendo 2DS Model: No Hinges, No Big Screen, Less Sound – Comparison Specs Revealed

GG3 picks up the news of Nintendo's new handheld announcement with the latest 2DS model. While this is the 3DS that is already known, but without the 3D, there is more than is cut than meets the immediate eye. Nintendo has revealed the full specifications for the device and its comparison with the first 3DS and 3DS XL.

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ritsuka6663495d ago (Edited 3495d ago )

I like this new 2DS. different design ( modern desing) and it's an alternative for those who don't want to pay the full price of a 3DS.

Daavpuke3495d ago

I think the design is terrible, but I agree that it's a great way to still get into the 3DS market at a cheap price. Nintendo always comes up with quirky ways to gap that bridge the best they can (Wii Mini, Gameboy Micro, etc etc). If it's affordable enough here, I'm definitely going to look into buying one.

AfterThought3495d ago (Edited 3495d ago )

Hows that Wii mini doing? Oh yea nobody is buying it, that is how its doing.

blitz06233495d ago

This will be the next Game Boy Micro

LAWSON723495d ago

The Wii mini and gba micro were awful and maybe I have bad memory but the micro was not very popular considering it came out after the ds and at the end of the gbas life.

gaffyh3495d ago

OMG, this looks terrible. I was actually excited when I heard about this, but they've got rid of the fold? That's the best part of the design. It looks like absolute shit without the foldable design.

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mewhy323495d ago

yeah but you don't get stereo speakers, it doesnt fold, no 3d? You can get a regular 3ds for about 169.99. I don't understand why someone would pay almost as much for so much less.

AfterThought3495d ago (Edited 3495d ago )

Exactly.. I just said this in another article about this thing. Not hard to save an extra $40 dollars for the complete experience, not this gimped one with a terrible design.

For kids or not and the whole durable excuse doesn't cut it. The 3DS is durable as all hell, chances are because this doesn't close. Children will be breaking the screens a lot easier on this 2DS than they were with their 3DS's.

I know first hand cause I gave my little sister my 3DS when I got my XL. What did she break first on it, both the screens. It still works perfectly though is my point but those screens are gonna break a lot faster without the shell design.

admiralvic3495d ago

Honestly, it fails on several levels.

Price? $130 vs $170 vs $200. However, the 3DS has a long history of going on sale for $130 or so and the XL for $170 or so, which makes the MSRP point moot.
Value? The system is losing some portability, the main gimmick (now it's just a DS with better specs) and really only works for Nintendo. No hinges means less repairs and the removal of 3D means far lower production costs.
Portability? Removing the flip makes it harder to port and opens it up to taking far more screen damage.

This is a plus if you want to save a few bucks, but beyond that it sucks.

chadboban3495d ago

3DS was doing fine, it didn't need this. I honestly think this is just gonna cause more confusion to the general public now. Just as people were beginning to understand that the 3DS is a new handheld.

Misaka_x_Touma3495d ago (Edited 3495d ago )

Nintendo never said you needed it anyway.

They announced outside of a Event and Nintendo Direct.

If they didn't then they would had assumed that people needed it.

This is just for parents who want a cheap way out for their kids.

chadboban3495d ago (Edited 3495d ago )

Actually now that you mention it, that's true. I think the concept of a new 3DS without 3D for a price of $129 is great for people to get for their kids. As a matter of fact, I think it's a brilliant idea to have an entry level handheld for kids.

The main problem is what happens when a parent walks into a store and asks for games for their kid's 2DS and the retailer says that they only have 3DS games. I'm just saying, the name makes it sound like an entirely different system instead of being part of the 3DS family and it's going to confuse people, I just tried explaining it to a friend and she had a lot of trouble understanding.

Misaka_x_Touma3495d ago

Well that a different situation lol if they get confused.

admiralvic3495d ago

"I think it's a brilliant idea to have an entry level handheld for kids."

Yes, but the 3DS was constantly on sale for roughly the same price, so the MSRP on this isn't really that helpful. Also it's not like you couldn't get a used one for a lot less if you absolutely wanted it. CB has 3DS's for $100 refurb and plenty of kids would be more than happy to just have it, over absolutely needing it to be new.

In fact, a lot of my CL dealings seem to be with parents looking to help out their kids, but trying to save a buck.


Wow, this thing looks like it was obviously designed for people with small children. Having two small kids myself, I've witnessed them wear out and break the hinge on 2 DS lites, and start to work on one of the 3DS XL (all of my wife's, also they are getting better at taking care of the 3DS now, no real wear other than getting it dirty). That and we never (more like rarely let them play with the 3D turned on). I can see getting this, just for the fact that my wife could reclaim her system, and the kids could have something that is better suited for them.

abc12333495d ago

Something tells me quite a few people are getting fired...

AznGaara3495d ago

It comes out the same day a pokemon... this is going to sell lol

admiralvic3495d ago

Actually... probably the opposite will happen.

3D was a cool gimmick, but I literally never use it. It has a lot of negatives and is not something I would cry about if Nintendo dropped on the next DS model. I doubt I am the only one who feels this way (considering they made this thing... I assume more thought went into it than lowering costs), so the trivial, but existent price difference will appeal to some people. Also the removal of the hinges will result in less people breaking it and lower the overall costs of warranties.

The only factor will be how many people buy it, but they can offset that with a trivial give away or bundle.

Buy the 2DS + Pokemon X or Y and get one of the following games.
Buy a 2DS and get a free select eShop game.
Buy a 2DS and get Pokemon X or Y for free.

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