September 5, 2013
Nintendo Announces 2DS
Whelp. That about shuts my mouth for the evening.
It’s not a joke.
It’s not a gimmick.
In the midst of a changing home console generation, Nintendo has come to announce a new handheld gaming console for a new target demographic called the 2DS. Like the 3DS, the 2DS will allow you to play both 2D and 3D games, although the 3D feature is omitted from the capability of the machine.
Apart from this, the console has been tailored specifically to adhere to the needs and desires of younger gamers, particularly seven years old and younger. The reason is obvious: the teenage and adult demographics have had their fill of Nintendo for now, and the only group that hasn’t lost their minds completely are the kids. But given that they can still give children products and not receive that much criticism, this console release just might be what the company needs to put their stocks back where they need to be.
For previous Nintendo handheld console owners, however, the 2DS has virtually no use. That isn’t to say that the machine is completely useless to older people. For gamers like me, who haven’t bothered to update his Nintendo hardware for at least eight years, than the 2DS is just perfect with its inclusion of all current Nintendo game functionality while omitting the 3D feature.
The omitting of 3D gaming on the console is very useless since the original 3DS has the ability to turn the 3D features off. Be that as it may, the 2DS is sporting an all-new design (as is to be expected with Nintendo, the forbearers of 21st century ergonomics) that resembles the shape of most tablet-based tech that parents are giving to their children. It seems that the 2DS might be considered a cash cow to the more pessimistic observer, but this Nintendo’s done their research.
To try and attack the video game market is a sure fire way to put your name on the toys that children play. With a lot of dedication to great 2DS titles, Nintendo can really orchestrate a following of nostalgic Nintendo buyers that can follow them for another thirty years. As history will teach you, Nintendo isn’t brand new to this.
While Sony and Microsoft have been slugging it out across the media at each other’s business plans, they’ve both allowed their arrogance to let Nintendo slip right past them with a completely new idea. Like they did with the Wii and Gameboy Color, Nintendo is going back to the roots of children not only as an interesting demographic to make games for, but also a scapegoat to keep their business running for a few more decades.
That might not seem very important to most of you, and then again, that’s why you’re still sitting on your couch watching reruns of I Love Lucy.
More will be covered on these developments in the next blog post, and until then, let me know what you think!
Image Credit: Nintendo