Nintendo 2DS

Last updated date: March 27, 2019

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8.1

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 97 expert reviews, the Nintendo Nintendo 2DS placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7.7
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
1,457 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Nintendo 2DS ditches the book-like hinge of every other DS model in favor of a wedge shape and a cheaper price tag (you can buy one for as low as $60 refurbished).
- New York Times Wirecutter
July 27, 2018 | Full review
But within minutes of holding it we found that these feelings faded away and that, actually, the Nintendo 2DS is surprisingly comfortable to hold.
- Tech Radar
January 14, 2019 | Full review
The Nintendo 2DS cheaper to build than the 3DS.
- Trusted Reviews
April 5, 2017 | Full review
But for $80, access to this rich, established legacy of great exclusive games that you can't play (yet) on your smartphone or tablet -- the Marios, Zeldas, Donkey Kongs and Star Foxes -- is where the value is.
- CNET
May 20, 2016 | Full review
It's a solid device that's comfortable to hold, despite its odd dimensions.
- The Verge
October 25, 2013 | Full review
The 3DS and 3DS XL are still far superior handhelds for adult gamers who want to play Nintendo handheld games, but at just $130 the 2DS gives little hands a sturdy, inexpensive game system with loads of games.
- PC Magazine
October 25, 2013 | Full review
The Nintendo 2DS’s affordable price tag is one of its biggest-selling points.
- Lifewire
December 22, 2018 | Full review
But by putting the controls towards the top of the screen and giving the Nintendo 2DS a wedge-like shape, Nintendo has created a machine that is also much more comfortable to game with than the original 3DS.
- Know Your Mobile
October 24, 2016 | Full review
It may not have the bigger screen and the 3D effect but it is definitely well worth the money and they will have the same amount of entertainment as they would with the 3DS.
- Reviewing This
What experts didn't like
The 2DS also can’t scan Amiibos and has worse speakers than the New 2DS XL.
- New York Times Wirecutter
July 27, 2018 | Full review
This means you can still take 3D pictures but won't be able to make them pop unless you transfer them to someone else who has a 3DS.
- Tech Radar
January 14, 2019 | Full review
Call it a door wedge or the end of a bread loaf, the pocket-friendly hinged design is gone and what’s left is far from pretty.
- Trusted Reviews
April 5, 2017 | Full review
It also has the smallest screens of any of the current DS models, and it doesn't have a great-sounding speaker.
- CNET
May 20, 2016 | Full review
It's essentially a 3DS without the hinges, and it just looks weird.
- The Verge
October 25, 2013 | Full review
For a device with 3.5-inch and 3-inch screens, it feels downright clunky, when compared with the 3DS and its identical screen sizes, and even the 3DS XL with its big 4.9-inch top screen, and the PS Vita with 5-inch OLED touch screen.
- PC Magazine
October 25, 2013 | Full review
The Nintendo 2DS’s convenient tablet shape comes with a downside: Its screens are more open to dings and scratches.
- Lifewire
December 22, 2018 | Full review
The quality of the speaker on the Nintendo 2DS is also somewhat questionable; it's not especially loud and even then it distorts when at maximum volume.
- Know Your Mobile
October 24, 2016 | Full review
The 2DS lacks the aspect of having dual speakers, so you are actually only receiving monaural sound.
- Reviewing This

From The Manufacturer

The Best of Two Worlds. The Nintendo 2DS system brings the power of two systems together into a single, affordable package. Play all games both Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS in 2D. Connect with friends, other players, and wireless hotspots using the wireless StreetPass and SpotPass communication modes to unlock exclusive content for games and download other entertainment. From games to photos and beyond, Nintendo 2DS is the ultimate 2D gaming experience.

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