Nintendo 2DS review

Won't somebody please think of the children?

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The 2DS screens measure at the same size as those found on the standard 3DS: the upper screen is 3.53 inches and the bottom is 3.02 inches.

We talk about them like they're two separate things but actually it's one big touchscreen divided by a bit of plastic and with another layer of transparent plastic covering the top half of the display.


Anyone who's got used to the more spacious dimensions of the XL might find it hard adjusting their eyes back to the smaller displays but quite honestly we find them substantial enough.

It's certainly on rival to the Vita, but there's enough screen real estate for likes of Pokemon and even flying around on Kingdom Hearts was as good as ever.

Nintendo says you'll get about 3.5-5 hours of play with 3DS games and 5-9 hours with older DS titles. We found that was pretty accurate though online play obviously sucks that down a fair amount.

The even better news is that the 2DS actually comes packed with a mains charger this time, not making the same bizarre move of the 3DS XL.


As mentioned, the 2DS can play all your 3DS titles and your DS games too. If you're familiar with the 3DS then there's nothing new to tell you here in terms of what titles are on offer

In terms of how you play, removing 3D on most of the games won't affect gameplay, but there are a few exceptions such as Mario 3D Land where parts of the game will become more challenging as a result.

There are a few puzzles in Mario 3D Land that rely on trickery with the 3D, and without that in place it makes the experience a tad more frustrating.


The other small thing to note is any games that normally require you to close the 3DS system at any point (and there are only a couple) are now dealt with by sliding the sleep button on and off again.

But the 2DS arrives in time for the new Pokemon games - X and Y - and it's unlikely that this is a coincidence, especially as the new pocket monster installment doesn't really utilise the 3D effects on the 3DS at all.

As for other games, you'll get a 4GB SD card with the 2DS which will let you download a few titles but anything more than three or four big games and you'll want to get something bigger. Trust us.

Tech Specs

Product TypeHandheld Game Console
Battery RechargeableYes
Graphics Controller ManufacturerDigital Media Professionals
Graphics Controller ModelPICA200
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory Capacity6 MB
Maximum Battery Run Time9 Hour
Product Family2DS
Dual ScreenYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Maximum Resolution400 x 240
Brand NameNintendo
Processor TypeARM11
Screen Size9 cm (3.5")
Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Standard Memory128 MB
Battery IncludedYes
Processor ManufacturerARM
Graphics Memory TechnologyVRAM
Memory Card Size Included4 GB
Memory Card Type IncludedSecure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Buttons Direction4-way
Buttons TypeCircle Pad, Action Button, Select Button, Start Button, Directional Keys
Total Number of Cameras3
Height127 mm
Width144.8 mm
Depth20.3 mm
Camera Resolution300 Kilopixel
Memory TechnologyFCRAM
Camera TypeVGA
ManufacturerNintendo Co., Ltd
Product Name2DS Handheld Game Console
Product Line2DS
Manufacturer Part NumberFTRSKAAA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Designed for your family

The new Nintendo 2DS system gives you all the features of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, minus 3D viewing. And the price makes the world of Nintendo games even more accessible.

Package Contents
  • 2DS Handheld Game Console
  • 2DS Stylus
  • SDHC Memory Card (4 GB)
  • AC Adapter
  • 6 x AR Cards
  • Quick-Start Guide
  • Nintendo 2DS Operations Manual
Weight (Approximate)260 g