questionsare you going to buy a nintendo 2ds?

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I'm over 7 years old and I already have a 3DS.

I don't think this is the direction things are heading. They've just been saying since the release of the 3DS that the 3D feature should not be used for children under 7. So they are providing a cheaper version without a 3D screen aimed at younger kids. Part of that is making it more sturdy than the clamshell design - because they're young children.

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I won't be since I have a 3DS but it's the perfect system to finally get my friends in on the newer DS models, so I'm pleased by its existence. If I didn't already have a 3DS, this would have convinced me since I couldn't care less about the 3D feature and it's cheap-er enough, but I'd lament the lack of a clamshell (and I hope it is just to appeal to kids/parents and not a permanent change).

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I get a headache and nauseous from the 3D and FPS games, so I fought against purchasing a 3DS. Then Nintendo went and released a game (that I had to have) that was only for the 3DS. I keep the game on 2D and love it. I bought the 3DS on sale for $159 and it came with a $50 gift card at Target during the 2011 Holiday season. I have seen them with better sale prices since I bought mine. If you really like the clamshell, catch the 3DS on sale - you won't regret it.

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For kids, it doesn't look like a bad system. A little more rugged than the normal 3DS. Is it going to sell like hot cakes? Not really. It is meant for a niche market. I got my wife a 3DSXL for her birthday, and she's talked about maybe doing the same for mine. To be honest, I'd rather have the XL, since being a clamshell does offer some screen protection. Being an adult, screen scratches is more of a concern than the hinges breaking, although I do know the kiddies probably have that in reverse.

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The newly announced Nintendo 2DS handheld gaming console is taking a lot of flack for its looks, but the low price point may pave the way to acceptance.

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Ooooooooh, I see. It's a single screen, which is waaaaaaay cheaper to produce. Makes sense.

Yea, I think it's an awkward look, but I don't think the feel would be much different than the hinged version.

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2ds $130: 3ds $170: 3dsXL: $210
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No, it doesn't make any sense. I really don't know why they made that.

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@shophde: uhhh... because it provides a lower price point for people who don't care about the folding or the 3D, one would think.