Nintendo 2DS Mario Kart 7 Bundle – Electric Blue 2 Review

Developer: Nintendo

Type: Handheld console

Release date: October 12, 2013

Generation: Eighth generation 

Backward compatibility: Nintendo DSi / Nintendo DS

Dimensions: Height – 12.7 cm (5.0 in) / Depth – 2.03 cm (0.80 in) / Width – 14.4 cm (5.7 in)

Weight: 9.2 ounces 

Media: Digital and physical

Online services: Nintendo Network

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz 

Battery: 1300 mAh lithium-ion 

Memory: 128 MB FCRAM / 6 MB VRAM

CPU: Dual-Core ARM11 MPCore / single-core ARM9

Display: Top – 3.53” LCD (400 x 240) / Bottom – 3.02” touchscreen LCD (320x 240)

Storage: Includes 4 GB SD Card / 1 GB internal flash memory 

Graphics: DMP PICA200 GPU

Camera: User facing / Forward facing camera

Speaker: Microphone/ Mono

The Nintendo 2DS is basically just like a 3DS minus the 3D effect. This may not bother you if you have no interest in the 3D visuals.

Although you may think Nintendo is best suited for kids, I believe Nintendo is for gamers of all ages who want to give it a try, especially if you owned or played the older systems.

Price is affordable: Depending where you are planning to purchase it, you can get the Nintendo 2DS at a reasonable price tag and it’s worth every dollar spent! Included in the box: Pre-installed game, Nintendo 2DS, charger, stylus, 4GB SD card for storage and 6 AR cards.

It’s comfortable: The Nintendo 2DS is comfortable to hold when playing for long periods of time. In fact, after a few hours of game play I’m still comfortable and craving even more play.

Hingeless: No hinge means no moving pieces that will slowly break down over time. There will be less strain on the device making it last longer. The bad – since there is nothing to fold away, the screens are open to air particles that can be left on the screen. I would recommend getting screen protectors and an enclosed zipper case to fully protect your device.

Battery: I normally have my brightness down low between 1-2. Excellent battery life. I can leave the device for a few days, come back and I will get a little play out of it before having to charge it, so it’s very efficient. Battery life gets 2 thumbs up!

Design/Construction: Durable, solid and sturdy device. Good sound, just the right volume when turned up all the way. Wifi is excellent. Sleep option is great so you are able to come back to gameplay quickly. Lots of options when deciding how you want to customize your home pages. There’s so much to choose from, including themes. Stylus is easy to take out and put back in.

Games: When compared to other consoles, the prices of Nintendo 2DS games are a little more affordable without breaking your bank. Older games are also compatible, which means you can keep your entire game library – old and new – and go back in time. Pre installed Mario Kart is hours of fun – what a great game to include! It never gets boring, and the online feature is absoutley unforgettable. Games, demos and apps are also available to purchase and download in the Nintendo E-Shop through wifi only.

The only thing I dislike about this device is the circle pad – it feels cheap, slippery and weird. Also if you have long fingernails it will start to show nail markings on the directional pad. I would like to see a better pad in the future. Aside from these minor complaints, I highly recommend the Nintendo 2DS for all gamers.

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