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It's good, cheap fun...but doesn't seem to last.
on June 4, 2015
-Out of all the iterations on the 3DS family, I found interest in the 2DS when first jumping into Nintendo's current handhelds. Since then, I've gone through two 2DS units, and both seem to share similar problems. And being this is the 'Budget' iteration of the 3DS family, it's build quality certainly shows....at least after a while!
Personal verdict: If you are looking for a current, budget Nintendo-handheld, then I can't recommend this, as the 2DS didn't hold up well over 6 or so months. And for that price or less, I would recommend looking for a used 3DS online or even try out the Nintendo Store's refurbished systems instead.
-I'll start off saying that if there's something the system's really good at, it's comfort! My medium-sized hands really liked the 'tablet'-like form, and I didn't even have hand cramps or pain during long gaming sessions. And to be honest, it's bested my other 3DS experiences, both XL and original even after all this time.
-Also, I loved the bigger shoulder buttons, which made it easier to rest my fingers on and use. It really enhanced games like Mario Kart 7, since using it feels great!
-And, when it worked, I think the software looked great on a flat surface as oppose to separate angles. And since it's using one screen artificially divided into two, the lighting was evenly lit on both screens.
-All the buttons feel pretty mushy, with exception for the shoulder-buttons, which are pretty 'clicky!' I don't mind them, but it is noticeable.
-It does look a bit like a 'Fisher-Price' toy all around....but than again, there's nothing wrong with being young at heart!
-It's build-quality hits the hardest here, as it's solid enough at first, but seems degrade as time goes on. After two months in usage, I noticed the home button would constantly activate one of the bottom touch-screen buttons along with it. From there it had other oddities, like it getting stuck scrolling to the right, or deactivating the buttons entirely.
More recently, I had the pleasure of receiving an unresponsive touch-screen and button 'combo'... oh joy!
And this is with careful usage and maintenance in mind. I usually cleaned the screens and buttons a couple times throughout the week, and didn't really bring it out of the house much.
However, I will say my 2nd 2DS took a small fall twice from about the height of an average chair (1-2 feet), so that may of brought it's end quicker than the first one I owned.
That's my experience with it so far, but hopefully it's seen better days with other users. It's not a terrible buy, just lower expectations with this one.