More Reviews
REVIEWS Funk of Titans Review
It’s always particularly tough to find the funk of a game when it already doesn’t have much rhythm.

Citizens of Earth Review
Do you like turn-based RPGs? Do you enjoy laughter? Does your hair contain enough product to qualify you to be VP of an entire planet? If so, then you'll enjoy playing Citizens of Earth.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Codename S.T.E.A.M. Preview
I went hands-on and nearly burned myself with “New” Nintendo 3DS hardware and the latest from Intelligent Systems. Aren’t you happy?!
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES RUGBY 15
Release date: 02/01/15

DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round
Release date: 02/17/15

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE
Release date: 02/24/15


LATEST FEATURES 5 Best Zelda Games of All Time
Nintendo's epic adventure series has seen many entries over the years. Here are the very best of the bunch.

Blades of Steel, NHL 94, More 90's Hockey - Old Games With Grandpa Heath
If Captain Comic were picking players for a pickup hockey game, who would be his first choice? Probably Cliff Ronning.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES PlayStation Downloads January & February 2015 - Monopoly, January's Free PS+ Games
Have you been playing online with your PlayStation devices? Make sure to get these free games for the month of January in our weekly update feature.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP oblivion437
Finally Broke My Crowdfunding Rule
By oblivion437
Posted on 01/12/15
I've had a long-standing rule to avoid getting involved in any sort of crowdfunded activities.  I didn't donate to Shadowrun or Wasteland, but I did buy and enjoy both of them (I'm plugging both of those games right now, just so you know they're good).  I haven't...

DAILY MANIFESTO

2DS: Portable Savant or Ax Head?

Posted on Friday, August 30 @ 13:44:18 Eastern by KevinS

With the unveiling of the new 2DS, what should we expect from our future axes?

 
Nintendo's reveal of the 2DS (which is, in actuality, a non-3D 3DS) has left the Internet with some understandable questions.  The first one being, "WHAT THE HELL NINTENDO WHAT ARE YOU DOING GRRRAPHLEFLRGL" and the second being "why doesn't it fold in the middle?"

 
I haven't touched it myself, but the form factor is interesting to me… why wouldn't Nintendo keep the folding clamshell they've used for their DS line-up for the past near-decade?  It's meant for the under-7 crowd (which is why the 3D is absent), so why not still use the folding design to keep the screens protected?  I've thought about this since seeing the videos and photos online, and I've come up with a couple plausible reasons:
 
  1. Without hinging parts, there's less possibility of damaging the unit by sitting/standing/throwing and pulling either screen too far away from the other;
  2. The idea of cashing in on the current craze of tablet computers and mobile devices inspired the basic design;
  3. As it's meant for a younger demographic, the Big N decided on a form factor similar to their breakout portable, the Game Boy, as it was also designed for a younger crowd (like Anthony said in his 2DS debut article);
  4. It's cheaper to produce than the current, "grown-up" model of 3DS, with a side-effect being better battery life now that there's no 3D mode to worry about.
 
I bought my 3DS at launch, and while I know this new model isn't intended for me, I still can't help but be skeptical.  After initially thinking it a troll job of Photoshop "wizardry" I've since started getting flashbacks of Sega circa-1995: a flood of different consoles to support, all with different names and development requirements.  I realize it's different - Nintendo's only really supporting the Wii, WiiU and 3DS right now—but the same effect of brand-fracturing is a possibility should too many models be out at any given time.
 
But then, I'm a pessimist by nature.  Maybe this is a good move, a solid business necessity to put more hands on product and encourage more developers to make new games for the slightly anemic 3DS library.  Maybe it's just a cheap marketing ploy to push the 3DS.  Maybe I'm an orange.  Things are a little confusing, and could get to be more so when it hits shelves in October.
 
Maybe by then I'll want my own Nintendo-branded ax head.  (That's what I'll be calling this thing, the Ax Head.  Because it's shaped like the head of an ax.  It's a Nintendo product, so hell, it might actually work AS an ax head. *shrug*)
Tags:   2DS, NDS, 3DS, Nintendo


comments powered by Disqus