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Discussion in 'Console Games' started by -SD-, Aug 28, 2013.
Well, this was quite unexpected...
Oh my word that looks awful...
Although apparently it comes out as the same day as the new Pokemon, and combined with the lower price, could make parents give in to pester power from younger children!
I does make sense for 7ish year olds, as there's no hinge to break and no 3D to make their eyes go funny
I'd be very interested to see the sales figures for this! It looks awful and has less functionality than the regular 3DS'.
That is disgusting.
I get what they're trying to do - a cheaper system that plays 3DS/DS games, achieved by cutting a few features (3D...), but the design is terrible. The clamshell design protected the screens, whereas these are going to get scratched by its target market of kids, and take up way more space in a bag than needed. They should have taken the standard 3DS and simply stripped the parallax screen out and maybe changed the plastics.
Nintendo, the 80s called and want their stuff back. Oh, and I shudder to imagine the circle pro accessory for this one...
That is just stupid. I agree they should have just kept the original design and taken the effects out.
Actually, and now that I say that, I would have REALLY liked that so I could switch my 3DS for it. I already turn the 3D off because it makes me sick.
Everyone who says this is awful - this isn't for you.
It is a system designed for children 7 and under whose eyes are still developing and 3D is not recommended for. It fits that both in the no hinge design, which is more durable and in price point that is almost impulse levels for parents.
I see tons of these being sold along side Pokemon X or Y this holiday season.
I think it'll look better in person too than the images give it credit. Kids will love this system. For adults the 3DS XL is the handheld console for you.
Is this real?
Rubbish. This system is for me, because I am physically incapable of seeing 3D due to a defect in one eye. It's not just for children under 7 (and why are you buying them a console in the first place?), it's for people who want a cheaper unit and no 3D gimmick for whatever reason.
Yes the lack of hinge is more durable, but at the expense of making the screens incredibly vulnerable to scratches. I'd rather have a hinge that may, or may not, break, over an exposed screen that will get scratched.
Mark my words, this will end up like the last refresh of the Wii, ignored.
$130 is a an impulse buy price point for a toy for a kid 7 years of age or younger? Really? Added durability is up for debate. There is longer a hinge to break but now the screens are exposed.
And (possibly worst of all!) it's MONO.
It's similar to how we got that PSP "street" version here, without wifi or stereo speakers. Sometimes I wonder what goes on in the minds of these manufacturers.
For many $130 is an impulse buy for a kid - if not an impulse - it is something very easy to pick up as a birthday or Christmas present.
The screen is indented so laying it on the table won't scratch it - the hinge was a problem with younger kids. I think they will sell a ton of those cases that go along with it so you can just throw it in your backpack and go. But, this is for sure a 7 and under gaming console and its cool they are making a device just for that age group.
The market Nintendo is going after with this is 7 and under. Sure there will be some adults that want this too, but it is designed with children in mind. The 3DS XL is for adults that have more room in the budget for more expensive hardware. You can simply turn off 3D if its not something you use.
It is a device designed for children and many older folks will opt for it as well. This device has a market - the Wii mini did not and I'm not sure who they released it for except the collector market
Oh that PSP was stupid. UMD games only? Really? Bad Sony!
You clearly don't have kids, or be around them much. Kids don't put things in cases, it just gets chucked in a bag along with pens, pads with ring binders etc.
Also totally not sold that there is a massive untapped market of under 7s. At that age I was running round the garden and wanting a bike.
If Nintendo sold me a 3DS XL with a 2D screen for £30 less I would be all over it, and it would have appeal across all ages. This...thing...just lacks appeal full stop. I can see why they wanted a cheaper unit, and that the only way to do it was to cut 3D, but that did not mandate a redesign into this freak.
I think once you hold it you'll get what the design is all about - I also think it may be more durable than we give it credit for - the Vita and the iPad also have an open glass style design.
Maybe we have different definitions of "impulse buy" but I thought the common usage was for buying something on a lark (like a pack of gum at the check out counter or a $30 R/C helicopter in a bargain bin). $130 on the spur of a moment for a child 7 or younger (not just a kid, but a very young child) is a lot of cash for the average American family. As a special gift (xmas, b-day, etc.,) maybe put that seems more like planned purchase to me, not an impulse buy.
If Nintendo puts in gorilla glass (or any equivalent) the odds are good it will hold up, but only time will tell.
If I were in the market for a new Nintendo handheld, I'd consider the 2DS over the 3DS. I currently have a 3DSxl and while I do enjoy it, the worst feature is the 3D. 3D is a stupid, gimmicky feature that just gives me a headache. I'd gladly pay less for a 2D-only version.
and yes, I agree that the 2DS looks stupid.
Yep, and I've lost count of the number of scratched Vitas and PSPs I've seen. I baby my handhelds, yet one of my PSPs has a small screen scratch (we have four in the house, an original launch PSP, a PSP Lite, PSP Go and a Vita)
iPads have glass covering the screen, providing protection. The 2DS doesn't.
I still prefer the 3DS.
Sounds like a finishing move from Mortal Kombat
But yeah I don't know why they didn't just release it as a flipper but with just 2D supported. Heck I don't even turn on the 3D in my 3DS as I just can never get into the sweet spot for it to work and not give me a headache - so if this had been an option as a flipper I would have picked it up instead of my Animal Crossing 3DS-XL.
And here is the explanation:
Pretty clever! But that doesn't make it less ugly...
That's bonkers, and I'm not sure I believe it. The size difference between the top and bottom screens means there would be quite a lot of masking going on, which means a lot of waste. Can't wait to see a teardown of it - be fascinating if it is a single screen.
I'm getting one.
It's cheap, probably built like a tank and it plays current Nintendo games.
I just can't get over the fact that it's mono. Has anyone tried the fake surround-sound the 3DS has? It's pretty convincing! Seems crazy to drop that considering a speaker part is extremely cheap and has no licensing costs.
If I ever got a scratch on my PSP's I'd cry
Mad if true! But wouldn't it drain battery more? The larger the touchscreen element, the wasted pixels being lit under the case... it all adds up.
Oh Nintendo. Just look at what you could have made:
That would have been interesting!