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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    1 step foward, 2 steps back

    Posted
    gldoorii
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    The build quality and features feel like an upgrade to the current 2DS as opposed to a direct comparison to the New 3DS XL. I don't really understand the design changes, but for whatever reason they happened. The cons.. The speakers have now been moved to the very bottom and point down. This is a huge downgrade and it sounds muffled as if instead of stereo speakers it has 2 mono speakers...if that makes sense. It sounds decent at 1/4 or 1/3 volume, but turn it up any louder and the back of the system actually vibrates. This makes the device feel cheaper than it is. The screens are still low res and add no added upgrade from previous models. The stylus has been shrunk and is an absolute joke to use unless you're a 3yo. If you play anything that uses a stylus regularly, then you'll want to buy a bigger one. There is now a flap that covers the micro sd card and game cartridge, which feels flimsy and makes it more of a pain to change games, but it does protect against dust and makes the system look nicer. The wifi switch is gone and must be toggled via settings. When the system is opened, your fingers will rub against the back of the top screen when using the L & R buttons because of the slimness of the device. The pros.. It's $50 cheaper than the New 3DS XL and includes a charger. Overall, the New 2DS XL feels like a device that should've been released prior to the New 3DS XL, and yet was released when no one was asking for it. Instead, Nintendo should've just priced dropped the New 3DS XL to $150 instead of releasing this. For $50 more you can get the New 3DS XL with an overall better design (in my opinion), a stylus that fits your hand, much better audio, and an option to use 3D if you want it. If this were released at between $100-$125 and the original wedge design 2DS was discontinued, then it makes more sense. If you've never owned a 3DS and want to jump in for the wonderful library the system has, then either get the cheaper 2DS for $80 or pay $200 and get the overall better system with the New 3DS XL. At $150 this device is just not worth it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Issues with the Stylus holster

    Posted
    BluePaw

    I've been trying to get my hands on a 3DS for several months since 2016 and couldn't get one due to stock shortages or finances getting in the way. Soon as I heard this was being released, at a cheaper price without the 3D feature (tried it on those try-it-out sections of a store and the 3D hurt my eyes, so don't miss it), I pre-ordered it soon as they were available. There was a lot to take in as there was a lot of new things with both the hardware and software. My only issue, and this is why it's a 4 star, is that after a week or so the stylus holster no longer locks in the stylus properly, it slips out if I'm holding the 2DS XL at an angle or move it with too much momentum. It doesn't help that the holster is facing downward when you hold it completely vertical. I've tried turning the stylus in the holster for it to stay put, but eventually that worn out in a few days to a week. I don't know if it's me or the quality of the hardware's casing that's the problem, but it's gotten to the point I need to apply tape to make sure it doesn't slip out by chance and I lose it when I'm done using the handheld and I have to buy a new one; and I don't know at this time if there are stylus's that will fit into the 2DS XL if they're not the same size to the 3DS's stylus. While it's not a major problem, it is an inconvenience. I would be careful how you slip the stylus in and/or out the holster, just to be safe... and maybe have some tape that you can reuse over and over if it does become loose without having to get a fresh piece every time. I recommend this to anyone that has an old 3DS handheld that might break down at some point and you don't like using the 3D feature, or those who don't have one as this is cheaper. I highly recommend to anyone that has the stiff 2DS's (the ones that don't fold) to get this upgrade ASAP, it's worth it and easy to travel with in your pocket. Plus you're more likely to get a 2DS XL than the Switch at this time, given how crazy the hype is still going after all these months.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent non-3D option

    Posted
    ZeldaFanReview
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    Bought as a gift for my child. I currently own the New Nintendo 3DS. My child would play in it a few times, and always with 3D off. The New Nintendo 2DS has all of the same technologies for processing and features as the 3D counterpart, except for the 3D parallax screen. Ironically it still features a 3D camera. That means it plays exactly like the New Nintendo 3DS with 3D slider to off. Same great controls, but actually better. The 4 triggers are now larger and more comfortable to reach for either big or small hands. Same great library of Nintendo DS and 3DS games play in the console without issues. Also the great Virtual Console of upscaled NES, SNES, and Game Boy games is accessible from eShop. Console is actually a bit smaller and lighter than the 3DS. Build quality is also on par. Battery life also seems to be on par for my child's play time, only needing to charge once or twice a week. It already includes a 4gb micro sd card for save data and eShop game downloads; this time card is easily accessible from front covered slot next to cartridge slot, making it safe and convenient to remove. Also includes the charger, which is compatible to all other 3DS consoles.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Peak Handheld Gaming

    Posted
    Sworbachev
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    Well guys, this is it. After nearly 28 years since the original Game Boy, Nintendo has (presumably) released its final hurrah. With the advent of the Switch, there's no longer a reason to keep Nintendo handhelds and consoles separate from one another. With that said, if you snoozed on most of the entire DS's life cycle from Day 1, this is a MUST purchase. This is the time to clear your backlog of DS games you were always interested in but never made time for. The 2DS XL opens a door to hundreds of games and is compatible with all DS games, regardless of generation. It's a sleek, pretty little piece of hardware, and the screens are huge. Overall, it just feels good in your hands. Battery life is great. Granted, there may not be a reason to upgrade if you already have a 3DS XL, but for someone like me who was never interested in (and on the contrary, averse to) 3D gameplay, this thing is a no-brainer. Pick one up now so you can play Metroid: Samus Returns in September! Personally, I have some Castlevanias to play... For more video game previews and reviews, check out 2v1 Podcast on iTunes!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Major Design Flaw

    Posted
    gkflyhigh
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    I am an avid Nintendo fan but this product has a serious flaw. On our 9 year old sons first Blue 2ds XL unit, after only 2 months of use the top screen picture started showing a large triangle shape with a crack and horizontal and vertical lines throughout rendering the unit unusable at all. Thinking he must have dropped it or damaged it unknowingly by accident, we bought him a second 2ds XL, (the new orange version) and within 2 weeks that unit started having the same exact issue and we know for a fact he didn't drop that one and used it very gently-the lines crack and everything were exactly identical to the first one. Luckily the orange unit was purchased from Target with a RedCard and they refunded us on a gift card for that unit. However, the Blue Unit purchased from Bestbuy will have to go through Nintendo's repair process which I'm almost certain they'll want some unreasonable amount of money for (Usually $110 for 3ds XL Screen Repair). My other son has had two 3ds XL's and the oldest previously had a standard 2ds. I personally started gaming on the original Game Boy and we have a plethora of Nintendo products at home (Wii, WiiU, Switch and 2/3DS). It appears the new Nintendo products are not being made with the same quality as previous generations.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nintendo's best entry level offering yet

    Posted
    gametechchris
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    Many people are confused about the different handheld products for Nintendo, and I don't blame them one bit. Out of all the 2DS/3DS products though, you should only be looking at two: the New Nintendo 2DS XL and the New Nintendo 3DS XL (the regular New 3DS has been discontinued recently). These will both have amiibo support built in, and will be able to play every available game including the SNES stuff on Virtual Console. Choosing which to buy comes down to a few factors, so consider this: The New 2DS XL is $150 and comes with a charging cable, the New 3DS XL is $200 and does not have a charger. The New 2DS XL obviously will NOT have a 3D display, but still has the dual camera for 3D photos and AR cards. Strange. The New 2DS XL feels flimsy and light compared to the nicer build quality of the New 3DS XL, which has a glossy finish, and feels heftier and more solid. Both have very bright and good looking screens, both play all of the same games. So really, in my view this would be a great handheld to get for the kiddos as you're saving $60 (between the 3DS upgrade and charger), and the more plain casing is less to worry about getting scratched and dinged.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun, portable console

    Posted
    Whit
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    Like I said, it's pretty fun and pretty portable. I'd say that, when closed, it's about the length/width of a smartphone and a bit thicker than one. Adjustable screen angle. The inside screen and sometimes matte surface does seem to attract fingerprints and smudges, but those come off easily. The hinges do feel a little fragile, but I have not had any problems at all with them over the past 3 months, and it may just be me feeling paranoid. Whenever I use the analog stick, I'm also always paranoid it will snap sometime in the future. I'm guessing because I'm used to the brick that is the GBA SP. I don't know how compatible it is with big hands since I have small mitts, but it feels fine to hold for me. The included 4GB is holding more games than I expected to, but then again most of my games are virtual console, so take that with multiple grains of salt. Tl;dr: It plays well and is portable. The hinges and analog stick may be vulnerable in the long run, but it's very likely I'm overly worried.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I like it, a few flaws but overall it's great!

    Posted
    RMann
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    I just upgraded from my original 3DS XL to the new 2DS XL. A little lighter, updated screens, and if you don't care about 3D it will save you some coin as well. The things that I am not crazy about are no more wifi switch - that is done through the menu. The speakers are no longer on the top screen - they are are located on the front of the base of the console and they are noticeably weaker and you can feel vibration from the bottom of the console with the volume cranked. Now I usually never turn the sound on when I play games so it doesn't really matter to me but for someone that does it could be a bit disappointing. The top screen looks great but is very glossy & reflective, defiantly need to get an anti-glare screen protector to fix this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Huge improvement over the original 3DS.

    Posted
    Mike
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    I bought my 3DS when it first launched back in 2011 and held off on upgrading until now. This is a pretty fantastic upgrade over the original model -- it sports a faster processor, a second mini circle pad (super handy for controlling the camera in games like Monster Hunter), a much slicker design, and, of course, a larger screen. I've had zero issues with it so far, and all of the buttons, sticks, etc. feel fantastic. The screen also seems more vibrant and colorful than my original 3DS, though it doesn't appear to be an IPS screen. (Disappointing, but not super surprising.) All of my games also load much faster than they did on the original model. It does lack the 3D feature of the other models, so if that's something you care about you'll want to look into buying the New 3DS XL instead. I never played games in 3D so it's no loss for me. The 3DS has a massive collection of fantastic games at super affordable prices, so now's a great time to buy one of these. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost perfect handheld

    Posted
    Rafael
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    The 2DSXL is a great handheld. Compared to the 3DSXL, it's lighter by a few ounces, and it's slightly shorter (where your index fingers can reach the shoulder buttons more easily). The screen is similar to a cellphone, and it's all display with no speakers. It looks reminicescent to the old iPod touch. The speakers are moved to the inconvenient location at the palm of your hands, but depending on your grip, you might not cover the speaker. There is now a protective cover over your game and memory card, to prevent accidental ejections (But easier access to your micro sd). The power button remains in the same spot as the 3DSXL. The overall build quality and the hinge feels slightly cheaper than it's 3DS counterpart. Overall, if you aren't interested in the gimmicky 3D (or dropped frame rates during 3D), save yourself the 30-50$ and get the 2DSXL, you wont be disappointed!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Big screens nice - everything else feels cheap

    Posted
    Sinjin
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    I enjoyed the larger screens vs. my original 3DS but the tiny stylus is unusable and the loose hinge means the top screen flops around with more than a half-inch of motion making the whole system feel like a cheap toy. I'm seriously debating on exchanging for 3DS XL even though I don't use/want 3D. Textured case feels good in your hands - no sweat or slippage, but the top screen is super glossy and reflective, so plan on playing in dark room or not at all. Screen is also brighter but that seems to wash out the colors a bit. The trap door to get to game card slot is a pain to open and I see that paper-think hinge breaking in a month or two. ALSO - this system uses MICRO SD memory card even though 8 independent professional reviews all said SD, forcing an extra trip to Best Buy to exchange SD for MICRO SD. I guess the rule is to always buy micro with the adapter.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good budget system

    Posted
    Vegeta
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    As an aside, I ended up returning this for the New 3DSXL instead. This system was pretty nice, but there's 2 main issues I couldn't get past: 1. The N2DSXL uses a cheaper TN panel for the screen instead of an IPS panel like the N3DSXL. TN panels wash out colors, whereas IPS panels have more vibrant colors. 2. The speakers are on the bottom of the system. This causes the system to vibrate when the sound is too loud, and it can also be muffled if your hands are bigger and cover the speakers up. Using headphones will solve this issue though. Overall, if you want to save $50 and are fine with the above issues, then go for it. If not, go with the New 3DSXL instead.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Nice compromise

    Posted
    nevetsmcd
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    I own a New 3DS XL and have gamed quite a lot on the original 2DS as well. The New 2DS XL is a nice compromise between cost and functionality. It has the superior clamshell design and larger screen but a little cheaper cost. My screen also looks great and seems clearer then my 3DS model does. Cons to me are its tiny stylus makes my adult hands hard to hold. It also does feel a bit cheaper and less rugged to me, but I also used the Zelda protector shell on the 3DS so maybe not. I also do not like the game slot cover, but I can see kids maybe loosing games from the 3DS slot. I have never had that happen. Nice bonus is it comes with the charger and the micro SD can be accessed without a screwdriver. I bought it as a second system. I would still recomend the New 3DS XL over this but it over the original 2DS.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This thing is GREAT!... Except battery life.

    Posted
    AlefgardHero
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    I friggin love everything about the NEW 2DS XL except the battery life. My old 3DS XL lasted for what seemed a lot longer, and my DSi XL seemed to last forever by comparison to that. The screen is A LOT crisper than the 3DS, I never liked to blur effect I got even when in full 2D. Yes you do lose some of the novelty without 3D but that's all that really was anyway, a novelty. Of course, the build quality is right up there, because Nintendo. After getting a cheap case with a decent grip it fits my hands really well. The 2DS XL is, imho, the quintessential current gen handheld.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Way To Play 3DS Games

    Posted
    Josh
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    I've never had a 3DS, and I've never been one for the 3D effect on them, so this was a no brainer for me. Wanted a way to play 3DS games (and 3DS virtual console titles), but just never pulled the trigger on it. This is a perfect, compact (even though it says XL) way to play 3DS games, and I couldn't be happier. This is a super affordable version of the 3DS without the 3D option (hence the lower price tag), and it is great! The slide pad feels great, and I love the size of this portable. A little thinner and a little smaller overall than a 3DS XL, it fits nicely in my bag or in my pocket. Overall, if you don't have a 3DS, and you're looking to check out some 3DS games, and don't want to break the bank, I'd recommend this in a heartbeat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    bigger screen = better?

    Posted
    HimeFan
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    I had a chance to try out a demo of this and I can say that at the VERY LEAST it's as good as a 3DS XL in terms of graphics, controls, and sound minus the 3D (of course). Screen size is the same, the case shell seems flimsy to the touch but it it makes the entire system lighter than a 3DS. Major things I'm not fond of is the cover to the cart slot, so switching games got A BIT annoying and might result in the cover hinges breaking through wear and tear, another annoyance was the stylus slot got a VERY tight fit so you might need to sand it down or have strong fingernails when pulling it out. Overall for the price tag, I'd rather get a 3DS, if it was 120-130 then I would consider it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great, but looks cheap

    Posted
    Nikki
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    I got this system because I wanted to play 3DS games,but I have never really used the 3D feature on my current 3DS. The games play well, but the design leaves a little to be desired. The slot for the games have moved to the front of the system and has a little cover, but the cover is cheap and I feel like I will break it after about 20 times of changing out games. While the screen is larger, the look of the top half of the game looks cheaply made. I know that this system is a cheaper option for customers that don't want the 3D option on the system, but I feel like the 3DS and 2DS could look exactly the same with a slight difference in functionality for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fun time killer but not very well built

    Posted
    FANUM
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    It's a lot of fun if you like the Nintendo ecosystem. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be very well built. My first one the clip that holds game in broke on the second day and third game I tried. Replaced it with one that is super loose in my hinge. I recommend holding on to your receipt you may have to return it for a functional model. Technology-wise, this is exactly what I've been waiting for. I love Nintendo handheld but don't care about the gimmicky 3D. this was a nice cheap option at that removes the need for the stupid 3D tech, but still as you play all the game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good for kids with good eyes

    Posted
    dmoschetti
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    If you're a grown up get the switch instead. You'll love it more. My eyes are 100% anymore and the screen is a hair small without coke bottle glasses. That being said, PROS Internet access Some games are cheap Mario and Donkey Kong and Zelda CONS Screen Flap is a wee bit flimsy Feels like you shouldn't drop it ever Nintendo phone support is just ok. Don't forget pin for parental lock etc. Overall this is going to be a good cover the bases kind of Christmas gift. Every time we went into a store this is what the 8yo would sit and play - so she gets one for the holidays.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not Recommended

    Posted
    Commander
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    When the New 3DS XL was announced I was excited but I don't care about the 3D feature so I never bought hoping a 2DS would eventually be released. Years later the New 2DS XL has been released and boy am I disappointed. From the cheap feel, loose hinge, poorly placed speakers and the vibration from the speakers this is not a handheld I can recommend. The visual style looks awesome from the top screen to the outside cosmetics this is one amazing looking handheld. I cannot look past the cons of the handheld so I bought the New 3DS XL instead l, something I wish I did two years ago.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend