Take a Nintendo 3DS and remove 3D. And, remove the clamshell flip-top design. Presto! You have the Nintendo 2DS, a $129 entry-level gaming handheld targeted at the little kids.
Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:
The good news? The 2DS doesn't drop any essential features: it has Wi-Fi, accepts 3DS and DS game cards, can download games, comes with a stylus, has an SD card slot (and a 4GB SD card), and has front- and rear-facing cameras.
Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:
The bad news? It looks odd, has the same-size screen as the original Nintendo 3DS (not the larger 3DS XL), and feels weirdly thick and bulky. Because it can't fold up, it's not really pocket-friendly unless you're rocking mega-cargo shorts or have a backpack.
Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:
Despite its odd size, it feels strangely good to hold. The feel is solid -- if unattractive -- and is made out of flex-free matte plastic. It feels like it can take a drop. The screens looks clear and crisp even outdoors, and the system felt hand-comfy while playing Mario Kart 7.
Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:
The extra room on the sides means it's somewhat easy to hold in one hand (but, you might want to find a wrist strap to wind through one of two strap holes in the bottom corners).
Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:
The wedge-shaped design makes the 2DS feel like a doorstop. On the back: the cartridge slot and AC-in for the charger. It uses the same charger connector as the 3DS and 3DS XL, thank goodness.
Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:
The SD card slot has a little door that swivels up.
Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:
Analog pad and buttons are on the top end of the device. It looks wrong, but feels OK. Will little kids with smaller hands agree?
Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:
I found palms ended up gripping the 2DS at its base as much as my fingers did...but I have big hands.
Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:
The included charger. Look familiar? It should.
Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:
An included stylus slots into the side.
Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:
The top shoulder buttons feel a little stiffer than on the 3DS and 3DS XL, and are slightly curved inward for fingers.
Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:
The 2DS has two rear cameras...does it still take 3D photos even though it can only display them in 2D? Stay tuned for the review.
Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:
For size comparison, the 2DS next to two other kid favorites: an iPhone 5S and iPad Mini. The 2DS, size and weight-wise, falls in between.
Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:
The 2DS next to the $169 3DS. The flip-up 3DS folds to a more compact size, but the 2DS feels sturdier. The 2DS, however, keeps its screens exposed, meaning you'll be more likely to buy a case.
Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:
Hot Galleries

What you missed

Join CNET for an exclusive interview with Google Lunar XPrize teams

Five representatives from the finalist Milestone teams told us how they plan to get to the moon and win $30 million next year. Catch up on this exclusive CNET event.

Hot Products