On August 28th, 2013, Nintendo announced a new handheld gaming device entitled, the ‘2DS’. The system will be the newest addition into the 3DS family, offering similar gameplay and will be able to support 3DS game cartridges. Only, one thing really stands out; the lack of 3D capabilities. The 3DS’s cornerstone is it’s ability to emulate 3d gameplay without the need or use of glasses, which in all honesty, it does very well, minus some strain on the eyesight after a long duration of play, but that is expected.
The 2DS also removes the clamshell design, for a more sturdy and durable look and feel. Looking at these changes might make you think that the handheld little sibling of the 3DS was tailored towards smaller children, what with its lack of 3D, that Nintendo specifically states should be used by ages 7 and older and should be used with moderation, and it’s less fragile design, warranting safer drops and less breaking. These changes are because IT IS made for children. Nintendo went out of their way to allow video game fans of all ages to be able to enjoy their product, and not to mention their 3DS line up that will soon enough discontinue the DS game library and systems. Kudos to Nintendo in this regard, as they understand that some parents don’t want to get their child a sight ruining machine, and with it being $40 cheaper than the normal sized 3DS, it might push them into buying one.
Now, the 2DS isn’t out yet as it has a world wide release date of October 13, 2013, so there really is not too much on the specs and minor things like ergonomic design and sound quality. This could be a step in the right direction, giving players of all ages the same chance and equality in regards to video games, or it could be another flop by Nintendo and their never ending bad idea machine. Take for example, the Virtual Boy, released in 1995 but was discontinued shortly after in 1996 due to it’s terrible design, gameplay and lack of sales. Or the Gameboy Micro, which was Nintendo’s last hurrah for the fantastic Gameboy Advance. Spoiler alert: It was terrible.
Regardless, if the 2DS make or breaks, Nintendo should still be commended for publicly recognizing that younger and younger kids are playing video games, and learning via their DS game systems. Nintendo also has taken into account that the new Pokemon X & Y games are set to release that same day, which ushers in a plethora of younger fans, but we all will just have to wait and see. Will it be a bust? Or will help the 3DS’s already positive shelf life?