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Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo 2DS
alaScore 97

270 reviews

Aug, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 270 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the game selection and design. The portability and value for money are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the reliability, while many are less positive about the size.

usability, value for money, portability, design, game selection

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Game Consoles the Nintendo 2DS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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(Based on 270 reviews)

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Hands-on: Nintendo 2DS Review

 

Nintendo unveiled its Nintendo 2DS in late August as a version of its popular 3DS video game handheld that would be targeted towards “very young kids.” When Nintendo originally made their announcement, many gamers didn’t believe it to...

The Nintendo 2DS certainly turned a lot of heads in the gaming world as it was a handheld many people probably didn’t expect to come from Nintendo. But regardless if you are like its existence or not, the Nintendo 2DS will start being available for...

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Nintendo 2DS

 

Nintendo's $130 2DS might not be your ideal do-it-all gaming handheld, but if you have a young kid or a tight budget, it's your best choice.

Inexpensive. Can do everything the 3DS does, except display 3D images. Hinge-free design is more friendly for small hands

A bit clunky compared with either version of the 3DS or the Sony PlayStation Vita

The Nintendo 3DS is an excellent handheld gaming system, but the 3D feature isn't integral. The third dimension can look very convincing, but you need to keep your head and the 3DS very still when using it, and many gamers turn off the 3D after playing...

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It's been a long time since I felt self-conscious gaming in public. Ever since Nintendo launched the clamshell GameBoy Advance SP in sleek, shiny silver, portable gaming hardware has felt like something meant for adults. This was only further cemented...

Surprisingly comfortable ; Lack of hinges make it a bit more solid ; Huge library of 3DS and DS games

Ugly design ; Plastic body is prone to scratches ; Exposed screens

A less powerful, but less expensive, version of the same thing

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Nintendo 2DS Review: Back To Basics Proves Brilliant For Mobile Console Gaming

 

Nintendo has a rhythm that's predictable when it comes to product releases: Create a new console, then create different iterations of those consoles with upgrades aimed at expanding market share in clever ways. The new Nintendo 2DS is no exception to...

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Nintendo 2DS review

 

Nintendo is making moves to remain relevant in the shifting landscape of handheld gaming. That is, to some degree, what the Nintendo 2DS handheld console is all about.

Affordable, works with all 3DS and DS games, who used 3D playback anyway?, there are some great Nintendo games out there, perfect for Pokemon, ships with power adaptor, not uncomfortable in use (despite looks)

Won't fit in pocket, non-folding design, might not suit young kids' small hands, not exactly ergonomic brilliance, least attractive DS out there, no auto power saving mode, battery life should really be better

The Nintendo 2DS is a stroke of genius as much as it is a stroke of necessity. A 3DS minus the feature that anyone barely uses - great. A handheld that'll make buying Pokemon X & Y accessible to a wider audience - very shrewd. A more budget entry in a...

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Won't somebody please think of the children?

Affordable and durable ; Perfect for kids ; Plays all 3DS games

Mono speaker ; 3D camera feels pointless ; Still not sold on the wedge

If you're a gamer who hasn't jumped into the DS game yet, the 2DS is not the place you'll want to start. But if you're buying for someone younger who's been pestering you for the new Luigi's Mansion, the 2DS could be exactly what you need.

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Nintendo 2DS review

 

The Nintendo 2DS is a great entry-level handheld that offers a gateway into Nintendo's superb DS and 3DS games catalogues. T3 went in for a closer look

Cheap price ; Amazing games ; Durable design

Needs a case ; Least elegant DS platform ; No 3D

If you already own a Nintendo handheld console then the 2DS is an amusing curio at best. It’s essentially the 3DS (or DS) experience offered by a device that looks closer in its design aesthetic to a GameBoy than any of Nintendo’s snapcase consoles.

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Its looks and loss of 3D may be divisive, but the Nintendo 2DS console is great for kids

The 2DS may not have quite the same level of appeal as the DS Lite or other budget Nintendo handhelds before it, but it's nevertheless a great addition to the 3DS family. At £110, the 2DS is roughly £40 cheaper than a 3DS and £60 cheaper than a 3DS XL...

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Nintendo's wedge is a smart move ahead of Christmas

Comfortable shoulder buttons ; 3D dropped ; Bigger catalogue of games

Ugly design ; Cheap, plasticky feel ; Mono speaker

The Nintendo 2DS is is no danger of winning any design awards, but it's the cheapest way yet to get a Pokemon or Zelda fix.

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Nintendo 2DS review

 

Nintendo's 2DS is a curious, non-3D addition to the 3DS family, and we can't say we're very impressed

Great library of games and StreetPass software The most ergonomic 3DS yet Slightly improved battery life

Feels cheap, plasticky and toy-like Poor online and multiplayer features Mono speaker and no second stick

The 2DS is a rather odd console that’s only really suitable for a very young audience - play the system’s fantastic games on a 3DS XL instead

Product Specifications

Bundle:With Software

Configuration

Basic Colour:White
Software Medium:Cartridge

General Features

System of Console:3DS
Table / Portable:Portable
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