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The holiday shopping season can be confusing for parents, especially for those who aren't too familiar with video games, the various systems that play them and the different features they offer. It looks like Nintendo actually did some thinking ahead on this one, releasing a helpful video that addresses several of the more confusing questions circling around the 2DS.
A little while back, I stated that Nintendo's launch of the 2DS would be downright confusing for many parents. I still stand by that statement, but I have to also give credit where credit is due. While not every questions concerning the 2DS is addressed here, the Big N has released a new trailer for their latest portable console that fills folks in on what, exactly, their new system can offer young gamers.
Considering a scene I witnessed at my local Target this week, I can't help but wonder how many youngsters are going to wake up Christmas morning to find the wrong console tucked under their Christmas tree. That's an issue as old as home consoles themselves but, still, publishers could put a little more effort into naming and marketing their products to help avoid some of the confusion. An average parent might not understand that an Xbox One is a more recent console than an Xbox 360, for instance. Or, as is the focus of Nintendo's latest trailer, it's not even remotely obvious that a 2DS is almost the exact same console as a 3DS. At target, I listened as a confused parent tried to find out if their child's regular DS would play 3DS games. The clerk was less than helpful, stating that they were pretty sure the DS could play “some” 3DS games, so I politely stepped in and set the record straight.
I doubt we'll see Nintendo's latest trailer pop up on TV anytime soon but, for parents who actually put in a little research time before hitting the stores for holiday shopping, here's hoping that they'll at least stumble upon the following video before making a buying decision.
This trailer hits all of the key points, letting parents know that the 2DS can play regular DS games as well as 3DS games, only forfeiting the ability to play in 3D. That's an important fact for folks who want their kid to feel “in the loop” when it comes to gaming, but worry that the 3DS' eye trickery might be bad for their youngsters.
The trailer also makes it clear that the 2DS has all of the same functionality of the 3DS, can play nice with a 3DS online, and doesn't fold in on itself.
This kind of info is obvious to those of us that spend our days swimming in the warm waters of gamedom, but it can be very confusing to those who typically watch (or straight up ignore the ocean) from the shore. Kudos on Nintendo for trying to clear things up.