Last-Minute Christmas Gift Idea: Nintendo 2DS {Review}

by Melanie Edwards on December 22, 2013 · 3 comments

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Nintendo 2DS Review

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When older kids have fun toys and games, such as a Nintendo 3DS, younger siblings always want to play with them too. The only challenge is that sometimes such toys aren’t meant for younger children to play with, for various reasons ranging from being too challenging for them, to being too dangerous if it has small pieces. Luckily, Nintendo has thought of this and come up with the Nintendo 2DS, which I’m going to share more about what I learned when I visited the Walmart headquarters earlier this fall, just in time for those of you looking for last-minute Christmas gifts! Read on for a Nintendo 2DS review and more information on its features.

Nintendo 2DS Review

The Nintendo 3DS is certainly able to be played by all ages, however the 3D feature is meant for ages 7+ due to their still developing eye sight. This presents a challenge when you have children younger than 7 – you can turn the 3D feature on and off, but as parents we all know this can cause issues. The big benefit of the Nintendo 2DS is that it is exactly the same as the Nintendo 3DS, except it does not have the 3D feature. Now you don’t have to worry about your child accidentally turning on the 3D feature without you knowing! There are other features of the Nintendo 2DS I’ve found I like as I’ve observed my three-year-old play with the complimentary 2DS we received to facilitate this review – here’s what I think.

Nintendo 2DS Features to Like

  • No 3D: As mentioned above, I don’t have to worry about the 3D feature being accidentally turned on by him because there is none!
  • Flat design: Compared to the folded case design of the Nintendo 3DS, the Nintendo 2DS is flat with the screen at the top. I like this because little minds are inquisitive and like to open and close and open and close again and again, which can wear on a game system. No more worrying about the possibility of the hinges breaking from too much opening and closing.
  • Plays 3DS games: The Nintendo 2DS plays all the Nintendo 3DS games so you don’t have to buy special games for it. I can buy one game and it can be shared by the 2DS my baby boy now plays with and the 3DS my daughter already had.

If you’re still searching for last-minute Christmas gifts for children or teens, consider the Nintendo 2DS as a gift option. Right now you can purchase the 2DS at Walmart or for $129.96 or build a bundle with an accessory or games starting at $139. Your kids are sure to love the Nintendo 2DS and it will likely be a gift they’ll play with over and over, so you’ll get your money’s worth.

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1 Tony Daves October 28, 2014 at 7:23 am

I have a nintendo 2ds i had the 3 ds and the xl but i did not like the 3d on all the time so i got a 50£ 2ds. 2ds rules!

2 Melanie Edwards October 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm

My kids are still loving their 2DS! 🙂

3 mollie vill October 28, 2014 at 7:28 am

it looks cool my eleven year old cosuin loves hers.

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