NINTENDO has unveiled a slate-like 2D-only edition of its 3DS handheld in what appears to be a desperate bid to milk it’s success in light of ailing Wii U sales.
The 2DS will retail for just $150 Australian. But there’s no doubting that it’s a compromised option for gamers on the go.
“The new console is designed as an entry point into, or a new way to enjoy the Nintendo handheld experience,” Nintendo said in its press release.
But ‘new’ must mean ‘worse’ in Nintendo’s PR lexicon: the 2DS is an ugly piece of hardware. The red and white combination, in particular, looks like a Fisher Price child’s toy.
Furthermore, despite being ‘new’, there’s no second analog stick – meaning you won’t be able to enjoy Circle Pad Pro games.
And the slippery analog nub returns – goodness knows why when there’s no clamshell to worry about.
We could well be wrong: the 2DS might make a popular Christmas present for parents weighing up the cost vs function scenario.
But one thing’s for sure, any true 3DS aficionado would see the worth in the real handheld, and wouldn’t be caught dead sporting this gargantuan array of mismatched plastic and antiquated controls.
It is disappointing to know that Nintendo has spent valuable time developing an inferior hardware revision when resources could be better spent fast tracking Wii U development for existing owners.