Earlier this month, I wrote about about my experience with a demo of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y at EuroGamer Expo. One surprise there was that I didn’t play the game on a Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL, but on a Nintendo 2DS, which is due out tomorrow.
When the 2DS was first announced, there was a lot of scepticism online – with some admittedly, from me. Although I understood the concept behind the handheld, I personally wasn’t sold on it, but that changed.
I can honestly say that the 2DS, despite how awkward it might look at a first glance, is the most comfortable handheld console I have ever held. Its form fits the hands perfectly with your fingers resting naturally on the shoulder buttons. I was initially confused about the main buttons being placed by the top screen, as opposed to the lower screen like previous models, but with the new form factor, it feels incredibly natural.
Fortunately, whole queueing up for Bayonetta 2, I ran into Nintendo UK’s Community Manager, Jonathan Town, who let me hold his 2DS, outside of the demo station’s massive bolt locks. The 2DS was obviously cleverly designed, with the unit being light, but still feeling really solid.
The games may be forced to play without the 3DS’ stereoscopic 3D, but the screens are extremely clear. Considering that the console has no hope of fitting in your pocket, I would have preferred if the screen sizes were on par with the 3DS XL as opposed to the regular 3DS, but I imagine that might have reduced the comfort, which is easily the 2DS’ most redeeming feature.
Honestly, if you already own a 3DS, there is no reason for you to pick up a 2DS. However, for someone new to the console, someone who wishes to downgrade from an XL or for whatever reason cannot enjoy the 3D effect, the 2DS could be a perfect option. If I didn’t already own my 3DS, I would buy a 2DS in a heartbeat.