Nintendo 2DS Survival Guide (For Parents)


Has your child been hounding you for the most recent handheld upgrade: the Nintendo 3DS? Nintendo is soon to release a cheaper alternative to this astounding handheld: the Nintendo 2DS. Though, is the handheld even worth the price?

In this article, we discuss the relative pros and cons of this new addition to the DS family!

The Nintendo 2DS: The Gameboy Advance of the Future

Recently, Nintendo has been building an enormous amount of hype for an upcoming new duo release in the Pokémon series on October 12th, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Coupled with this release date is a the very controversial new console, the Nintendo 2DS, a cheaper alternative to the renowned Nintendo 3DS.

If you are considering purchasing a Nintendo 2DS for your child or yourself, here are some quick facts about what you need to know to make an informed decision!

  • The 2DS does not have a 3D function like its 3DS counterpart
  • The 2DS is not a hinged handheld like the DS and 3DS (as you can see, it has a tablet like structure)
  • The 2DS can play games made for both the DS and 3DS, but it cannot play Gameboy Advance games much like the later models of the DS and 3DS
  • The 2DS is cheaper when compared to the 3DS, having a retail price of $129.99 compared to the typical cost of $169.99 for a new 3DS
  • The 2DS has a longer battery life than that of the 3DS, but less than the 3DS XL (a model of the 3DS with larger screens)

Below I go into some of these changes from the 3DS in more detail to hopefully clear up any confusion about the device.

The Nintendo 2DS is aimed at a younger audience.


The biggest outcry with this new device was that it dumbed down version of the 3DS. With the handheld being like a tablet, as opposed to having hinges and closing like previous handheld generations, this handheld is meant to be more durable for younger audiences to handle without parents having to worry about the top screen of the device being broken off during play.

But, what does this mean for long term use? Since the DS line of handhelds involve a touch screen on the bottom screen, this means there might be some added wear and tear on the device due to the inability to close the screens, which effectively cover both sides while being moved around.

Though, while it is possible to damage this screen, think back to the days of Gameboy Advance, Color, even the original Gameboy! We put these devices through so much, and many of them still function to this day. (They might need a change of batteries, though!)

Since this is being marketed towards children, I feel these screens will be extremely tolerant to scratches and buffs, and shouldn’t be a huge concern in a household with younger, less careful children.

Though, we definitely recommend getting a case for your device, regardless if you choose 2DS or 3DS!


Does removing the 3D feature defeat the purpose of this device?


Not necessarily. Even though it was proven through a study performed by the American Optometric Association that 3D does not harm young children’s eyes, which had previously dissuaded many parents from buying this for their children, many people were not getting any use out of the 3D function anyway.

Some people, like myself, prefer not to use the 3D function in movies and games for a myriad of reasons, such as it is hard to look at for an extended period of time, or some people just prefer to see the game on a flat surface!

So, in removing this feature, Nintendo is able to decrease the cost of the handheld, which is great for some families in this upcoming holiday season that simply weren’t able to afford the high prices of the 3DS (current price is $170 on

Despite the fact that this feature is removed, all 3DS games will still function perfectly fine on this handheld, as all 3DS handhelds have the option of turning the 3D effects off anyway.

Is this handheld worth the cost?


Well, it depends on what you are looking for in your handheld. I have yet to take the plunge to get a 3DS or a 2DS simply because I still feel like the price is too high for what we are getting.

Since there is only a $40 difference between the 3DS and the 2DS, I feel that Nintendo might not sell as many 2DS devices as hoped, as older gamers, like myself, would rather save up the extra money and just go with the 3DS due to the aesthetics of the device such as having a closing hinge.

But, for families with small children, I feel that the 2DS is a savvier way to go, considering this device is more durable and has a longer battery life. Plus the money saved from purchasing this handheld is about enough for a game or two, or even the new Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games, conveniently priced at $40 each.

Well played, Nintendo.

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Do you plan on purchasing a 2DS for your family? Where do you stand on the 2DS versus 3DS debate? Discuss below!

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