Just before Christmas we were invited to the Nintendo Christmas event which saw the kids introduced to both the Wii U and the 2DS.
Prior to this, I hadn’t really understood why the 2DS would appeal to families – why not go for the 3DS instead?
The main difference of the Nintendo 2DS is a new distinctive fixed, slate form design which is perfect for new gamers as there is no worrying that the hinges will be broken by an over-zealous youngster!
The new console is designed as an entry point into, or a new way to enjoy the Nintendo handheld experience and is now available in three colour combinations, White + Red, Black + Blue and Pink + White, with a Nintendo 2DS Carrying Case (in either Red or Blue) that can be purchased separately.
The Nintendo 2DS offers additional choice and value into handheld gaming options. The Nintendo 2DS is a streamlined version of the Nintendo 3DS which will play games available for Nintendo 3DS, as well as Nintendo DS in 2D which means that Isaac can now play Kian’s Pokemon games that wouldn’t work on his DSi. It retains many of the same hardware features as the Nintendo 3DS including the same Nintendo 3DS gameplay controls, backwards compatibility with the vast existing library of Nintendo DS games, as well as wireless connectivity features such as access to Nintendo eShop as well as StreetPass and SpotPass functionality.
Setting the 2DS up is child’s play and couldn’t have been simpler, it just worked Kian entered our details and made all their Wii Me’s.
Kian and Isaac both have a DS of some variety, so the 2DS was given to Eliza. The only game we have that she is interested in at the moment is Yoshi’s New Island and she doesn’t really understand the game play, just likes making the characters run around the screen.
I am confident that the 2DS is sturdy enough to survive a drop on the floor if she is distracted and she is already compiling a list of games she wants to try out, which all happen to Disney Princess ones!
Isaac is the one who is getting the most use out of the 2DS at the moment. He has been introduced to Pokemon X & Y by his big brother and as we have both X & Y on the DS they can battle, trade and interact with each other. They don’t have to be next to each other either, as we had it working when Kian was at Nanny’s house a few miles away.
I also love the fact that I can download games direct from the internet and store them on the DS straight away, rather than having to buy them online or instore and risk the cartridge getting lost or put in the wrong box. There is also an expansion slot for increased space which you can store up to 32GB of games.
There are some other games and apps that come pre-installed on the console which are fun, like that photo app. This is where is Eliza has the most fun as she takes lots of pictures of herself pulling faces!