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Quick Thoughts On The Nintendo 2DS

Kezins

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I gave my 3DS away a while back because it simply didn't feel great in my hands. I experienced hand fatigue while using the 3DS XL as well, so had pretty much given up on portable Nintendo games until the 2DS came out and I decided to give it a shot.

 

While the plastic in the 2DS doesn't feel high quality, the device has a surprisingly nice weight to it and feels great in my large hands. I never really cared about the 3D functionality in games, so losing that was no big deal. The 2DS does have noticeably better pixel density (but the screens are the same size as a standard 3DS) and games do look a little better on it than a standard 3DS.

 

Battery life is still simply awful with the device, so that's a letdown, but I didn't expect much. While the design looks like the 2DS is an awkward "doorstop" like many say, it's surprisingly a very comfortable design.

 

At the end of the day, I'd suggest looking into this cheap option if you don't have a 3DS. I plan to just use it to play SMT games and maybe a little Pokemon.

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Good to hear this because my bro has asked me about the 2DS and been wanting to eventually get this or the 3DS. The 3D functionality doesn't seem like a big deal for my bro and just wants to play Pokemon and SMT games as well.

Kezins, is this device recommended for sure if want to go to a cheaper route. Seems pretty nice on handling the handheld. Bummer about the battery life. Always hated that they don't last long.

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So it has the larger screen size benefit of the XL but with better pixel density? How does that even work? 

 

I've never really had a battery life issue with any handheld ever unless I've been on a several hour long car ride or plane ride.... I simply don't play more than 3 hours between charges lol

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@Ludono: No. The screen is the same size as regular 3DS but has better pixel density. I'll edit the sentence to make it more clear :)

 

I'd definitely recommend it TK. You definitely need to get a case to protect the screen when you aren't playing though.

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Good review I know it's mostly meant for kids but considering it was better on your hands and you thought the quality was better. I guess in some situations it can work out on a grown ups favor. Sorry to hear about the battery life though thats a bummer. Also the price is pretty nice right?

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Yeah I paid $120. I didn't even plan to buy it, but I asked the clerk if he'd take one out of the box so I could see how it felt in my hands and I loved it.

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I personally found the tablet design interesting.  It felt a lot like the plastic from my original DS Lite.  The price isn't bad, but it just isn't a device meant for me.  It takes out the majority of the price concern by parents when deciding to upgrade to this model.  I feel like its design truly diminishes its travel-friendly initial design, but also eliminated the unfriendly hinge situation (a major source of contention for Nintendo with certain retailers)

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