Anon - 3 years ago
I had been looking at the 2DS and 3DS for quite some time, but hadn't convinced myself to buy either. I'm not a "3D" sort of person (I get migraines from it), so that had a big impact on my decision to pick up the 2DS. To boot, there was an excellent sell on it via Target just before Black Friday, so of course I gave into temptation. This is definitely one of my better recent investments. I did buy it for myself. I'm an avid gamer and have been for most of my life. Long ago, I knew that the Nintendo systems were more for "fun" gaming than serious gaming, and this is no exception. I love the wide variety of turn-based RPGs available through the Nintendo download shop, and I was thrilled to see I could get some of my old favorites through the same system (Dr. Mario? I haven't played that in well over 15 years!) Another nice feature is online gaming. I've long been familiar with hopping online to game with friends (cooperatively and competitively), but it's nice to see it integrated into the Nintendo handheld systems. Now, I can get together with friends for a friendly (or sometimes not so friendly) game of Mario Kart or Mario Party without having to arrange everyone's schedules and put a party together (or, you know, from the comfort of my pajamas and bed). It's also a nice perk that there are some apps available for download on the system, such as Netflix and Youtube, so the DS2 can be a great substitute for a phone, computer, or tablet in circumstances where none of those options are convenient or accessible. It takes a little while to get used to the console controls, and it felt a bit awkward in my hands at first. I certainly wouldn't consider it ergonomically designed (unlike the PS4 controller, which is incredibly comfortable and intuitive), but it's not bad once you get used to it. I was also a little disappointed to see that the flip-close feature of the old DS systems is gone from this model (if you're not familiar with those systems, just think of the way a laptop closes). This is an entirely flat, no-hinge unit, so plan to buy some screen protectors if you're obsessive about keeping your investments safe, like I tend to be. If you're looking for "serious" gaming, this may not be a worthwhile investment for you, but if you're looking for classic Nintendo fun, some pretty solid turn-based RPGs, and some friendly/playful competition, I would highly recommend it.