My family loves gaming and especially being able to take video games with us on the road. I had tried out the Nintendo 3DS in the past, but recently had been sent a Nintendo 2DS gaming system to try with my family as well.
I took the Nintendo 2DS for a test drive over the past few weeks and from the first moment that you see this, it looks different than other gaming devices. It is distinctive and stands out, but also made me think of older style gaming devices too (think back to the Original GameBoy or GameBoy Advance – where they also had unique designs). That being said, this is not the same as either of those. Instead, you get a square design with some great color options (crimson red or electric blue). These have been the two main colors, and while there have been a few other special releases, these are the tried and true ones!
You might first think that because this is called a Nintendo 2DS that the 3DS is superior. This is very subjective. To be clear the Nintendo 2DS does play all of the DS and 3DS games in 2D.
One of the best things about the Nintendo 2DS is their price. The Nintendo 2DS has a new price that was just unveiled. The new price is affordable at only $99 (it was $129). Also, for the $99 you also get Mario Kart 7 with the system too! This is a great value, and for the same price you would spend on a momre expensive console you could add on a few games for this and be set for a while too.
The Nintendo 2Ds does have a smaller screen than the 3DS XL, but I came to find that it was just as enjoyable for me to play the the Nintendo 2DS as it was on the 3DS and both my daughters did not seem to mind either. The screen was actually the same size as the original 3DS.
In playing the Nintendo 2DS I found that the device offered great graphics and the system was very responsive to me as a player. The battery life was good but not stellar compared to some other devices that I have tried in the past. I have found that it will last about 4-5 hours before I need to recharge (based on usage) and it takes about 3 hours to be back up to full charge again.
In the end as a consumer you really have to consider what you want and what you need and purchase accordingly. I will say personally, for the price, I love the Nintendo 2DS, and think you will too!
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