Ross looks at the 2DS, concludes that kids are smarter than Nintendo seem to think they are.
Yesterday, Nintendo unveiled this.
This is Nintendo’s new system, the 2DS. It’s a version of a 3DS without 3D. It can take 3D pictures but you cannot view them. It’s a cheap alternative to Ninty’s flagship handheld. It send waves around the gaming industry yesterday, with only really the Nintendo press sticking up for it and singing its praises. It can play 3DS and DS games without the need for 3D, making games such as Super Mario 3D Land – which uses 3D to genuinely affect the gameplay – far more difficult and possibly unplayable. More and more reasons are piling up as to why this is a ridiculously bad move by Nintendo. The support from the Nintendo press seems to be: ‘it’s not for the hardcore, it’s for kids’.
What an absolute joke.
When I first saw this, I’ll admit I thought ‘ah, fair enough’. However, the more I think about it the more I think the whole ‘it’s for kids’ thing is purely just a get out of jail free card. An excuse, something that Nintendo can hang their hat on and push the system. The fact that their major selling point is the fact it can ‘play games in 2D’ is pitiful. The Game Boy can also play games in 2D, so what’s your point? I look at the 2DS and wonder where on earth it could have possibly come from, and what the point was at all in its creation. It came completely out of nowhere and is filling a gap in the market that only Nintendo can see. I love Nintendo, I have a 3DS XL and a Wii U and I will support them rigourously – it’s gonna be a damn good winter for both systems. The 2DS? Forget about it. Quietly ignore that it even exists and stick with your 3DS.
Don’t want the 3D? Turn it off. Hey, look! You’ve got yourself a 2DS.
The reason I’m writing this today is that ‘it’s for kids’ thing really struck a chord with me and got me a little bit frustrated. How much more patronising can Nintendo be towards the younger generation? The 2DS screams ‘My First 3DS’. A system you’ll only find in the baby sections of Toys’R'Us. It looks utterly hideous and I can’t see any parent buying the system over a 3DS anytime soon. The 3DS is a far more practical device, isn’t it? The most obvious omission from the 2DS – apart from the 3D, of course – the clamshell. A staple of Nintendo handhelds since the very original DS. How on earth is it not part of this new system? Being able to close your 3DS to let it sleep is a truly essential aspect of the system, isn’t it? So little effort has gone in to this, it’s almost as if Nintendo think they are so invincible parents will buy anything. Of course, it’s so bloody wrong.
I have four nephews and two nieces, the oldest being 16. Each of them have owned a DS/3DS going all the way back to the DS Lite. They’ve been dropped, stamped on, thrown in a pool and more ridiculousness that kids get up to. It’s all good, it happens. One thing that hasn’t happened is throughout all of the terror which these poor DS’s go through, there is one singular fact that remains as prominent as anything else – the screens are always bloody fine. Never have I seen my nieces and nephews screens break down because of their negligence. Why is this? Could it be the big ass top screen shell protecting them both? Yes, probably.
Now, when kids get hold of their shiny new 2DS and then drop them, stamp on them, thrown in a pool…anybody want to hazard a guess? Chances are the screens are gonna get buggered, the same way a PS Vita or smartphone screen would. Nintendo are selling this system to kids but made it so unbelievably easy to break and destroy. I simply do not understand this.
Today an interview came out with Mr. Reggie Fils-Aime (President of Nintendo of America) on IGN and he said this:
“We’re always thinking about what we can do that’s new, unique, different, and brings more people into this category that we love. And so with the Nintendo 3DS, we were clear to parents that, ‘hey, we recommend that your children be seven and older to utilize this device.’ So clearly that creates an opportunity for five-year-olds, six-year-olds, that first-time handheld gaming consumer.”
Now. This is just infuriating. The 3D aspect on the 3DS was not recommended for use by anyone under seven years old. Fair enough, can’t argue with that. Of course, the 3DS has a Slider, which allowed consumers to remove the 3D ability on the system for PRECISELY THIS REASON. The very fact that now a system is being released without 3D is no more a new system than the original 3DS was. You already have a 2DS, just turn the damn 3D down. My word, Nintendo.
Kids are smarter than this. They always have been and always will be. How Nintendo are treating them has to raise the question of whether or not they are starting to phase out the ’3D’ out of their systems. Kids don’t need their own special 3DS to play Nintendo’s selection games. If Nintendo seem to think they do, why wasn’t this option available at the very original 3DS launch?
Stop looking down on your audience, Nintendo. You’re starting to look incredibly out of touch.