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Nintendo 2DS Review
- Very affordable
- Wide range of games available
- Free download code for Mario Kart 7
The Nintendo 2DS is Nintendo’s entry level portable gaming console that is made specifically for young gamers who are just joining the gaming world. This wedge-shaped gaming console can play almost all the games on the more expensive Nintendo 3DS, only without 3D functionality. For its price, there are a few setbacks that you will have to overlook. The first one is about the design. It doesn’t have the hinge between the screens that allows the device to close so you will have to protect it using a cover when it’s not in use. The screens are also relatively smaller when compared to those on other devices in Nintendo’s DS models. That aside, this console is the perfect choice for young gamers. It has a robust chassis made of plastic that will protect it when it drops, something that is very common with young gamers. It has a simple design, and the few drawbacks mentioned above, but these enables it to be sold at a very low price. The wedge design enable the console to fit perfectly in the center of your palms with the ABXY buttons and the circle pad ergonomically positioned to lie just under your thumbs when holding the console. The upper screen is protected by a tough plastic shell that is designed to fit perfectly to the Nintendo 2DS case so that there are no protruding parts. The lower touch screen is more vulnerable because it was left exposed to give the user an easy time. However, there are special covers made if you feel that it will need more protection.
How powerful is it ?
Being a cheap gaming console, the Nintendo 2DSproduct name does not come with Bluetooth functionality. This explains the low Nintendo 2DS price and the advantage of having a longer battery life since there are fewer things that need to be powered.
How powerful is its Wi-Fi ?
To enable players to get the most out of their Nintendo 2DS consoles, these devices come with built in Wi-Fi connectivity. With this feature, it’s possible to play multiplayer games locally and online. To further improve on functionality, the console has a web browser on the home screen that you can use at any time. You can also use this connectivity feature to buy Nintendo 2DS games from the Nintendo eShop.
What is the battery life ?
Battery life is one thing that will make the 2DS stand out in all Nintendo 2DS vs 3DS comparisons. Since it doesn’t have 3D viewing, the screen on the 2DS does not require as much battery power as the 3DS. What this means is that the Nintendo 2DS battery is able to give you more play time between charges. It can deliver up to 5 hours before the need to charge.
What is its performance ?
For its price, the Nintendo 2DS delivers more than the expected gaming features. Another advantage is that since it is a device designed for young gamers, the expectations are not very high hence the performance is satisfactory.
Conclusion: should I buy it ?
With a price that’s currently over $40 lower than the price announced at the official Nintendo 2DS release date in 2013, you don’t have any reason not to buy the 2DS.
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