I don’t really know what it is about online communities, but it seems like they’re always looking to get upset about something. One of their latest targets was the 2DS. Sure, the name’s a bit silly, it makes it sound like a lesser system than the 3DS, and it looks sort of goofy, and it will surely spawn some marketing issues, but in all honesty, it’s a pretty great idea.
With its cheap price-point, lack of (supposed) eye-destroying 3D, and its (seemingly) sturdy structure, this device was clearly created with children in mind. While I — admittedly have yet to get my hands on the system, I’m really having trouble seeing what there is to get up in arms about. I initially thought it was silly to do away with the DS’ signature clam-shell design in favor of a more slate-like structuring. But then I recalled that — pretty much every child I’ve seen that has a DS, or 3DS, has managed to bust their system’s hinges. Rather than the top screen locking into place properly, it sort of sadly flops around. Hopefully this new design is as sturdy as it looks, and works well for its younger audience.
I’ve also seen the argument that the system “isn’t really portable” since it likely wont fit in your pocket. But how many kids that are seven (or younger) have pockets big enough to fit even the original 3DS?
I’m betting this will make a great system for its target audience, and will likely sell like gangbusters when it releases alongside the new Pokémon. Heck, it will probably even sell well to a more mature audience that wants to save some cash. But you know what’s great about being a consumer? If you don’t like the looks of something, you don’t have to buy it. And there’s no need to complain if someone else does.