Originally Posted by frickfrock999
You can get a cheap android device for way less than $130, get a rubberized case to protect it, and throw some GBA and Nintendo DS emulators on it.
I deeply disagree with you here.
A 'device for way less than $130' will be a horrible piece of junk. Fact. I sell those every day
Throw in some DS and GBA emulators... What about 3DS? What about native resolution? Dual screen emulation on a junky tablet? Proper control pads?
It's just not comparable in any sort of manner.
I've given some thought to the existance of this 2DS.
-What's the weak spot on EVERY DS released to date? As someone already pointed out, it's the hinges. This one has no hinges, so plus to durability.
-Kids don't use 3D. It's hard to lock down when you're kidding around with the console, and takes a bit of time to get used to it naturally. Plus parents can get a bit paranoid. Feature gone.
-No 3D means larger battery life. The 3D screen IIRC attains for almost a 70% of the console's power consumption.
-More affordable means parents will be less reticent to purchasing one. More market adoption leads to more games -> this benefits everyone.
-It launches with X/Y. A lot of kids will buy it together with Pokémon, and Nintendo might even bundle consoles with pre-loaded Pokémon games. Much cheaper than the 3DS spectrum, also means more sales.
It has quite the sense if you stop to think about it.
Now, it's perfectly clear that us mature audiences, or already 3DS owners, aren't targeted by this thing.