Nintendo 2DS review

Won't somebody please think of the children?

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We liked

The 2DS is a great way of entering Nintendo's handheld family without spending too much money to do so, but we're really talking to kids and parents here. Come Christmas day there's sure to be a lot of these around trees and hopefully pack with some of the excellent games currently available for the handheld.

It's that excellent lineup of games that makes it even easier to recommend the 2DS. With a generation of kids familiarising themselves with quick and easy games like Angry Birds, it's important for Nintendo to show them how much better gaming can be. And even better, then 2DS is a hell of a lot sturdier than a smartphone.

We disliked

There are a few things we'd change. First, we'd drop the 3D camera abilities - who's really going to bother with it? Then we'd add another speaker for stereo sound. We'd also think about the overall feel. It's not bad, but that wedge form could be a little less defined, in our opinion...

Final verdict

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.

Not only can it withstand some heavyhandedness, it's all the more affordable for it with its cheaper design. It makes a lot of sense for Nintendo to push this out - let's just hope it can get the message across.

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