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Nintendo 2DS - The Best of Two Worlds

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you will undoubtedly know that I harbour a love of all things tech. I have always been so intrigued by the latest gadgets and the newest technology. Whether it was using an electronic typewriter in the early 1990's or learning how to create a simple math program with endless loops of QBasic coding, I thrive on information technology. Then there was the Internet. Its widespread use proved to be a dramatic change in the way we learned, communicated, created and played. Just think how many gamers across the globe rejoiced once they discovered the benefits of playing interactive online games with one another, customizing avatars and downloading the newest games. And then came the handheld gaming system that brought it all together in one portable device. Think Gameboy, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS and now the newest Nintendo 2DS which offers the best of two worlds.

Nintendo 2DS - Plays all games in 2D

Do you have a future gamer on your holiday shopping list but are looking to buy something a little more affordable? Then look no further than the Nintendo 2DS handheld gaming system. Younger children will love the Nintendo 2DS since it was designed with small hands in mind. And parents will love knowing that it is much more durable. While this "entry-level" unit does not have 3D capability, it still allows you to play both Nintendo DS and 3DS games in 2D since it is backward compatible with the games you already own.

Nintendo 2DS - Super Smash Bros.

The Nintendo 2DS systems offer a wide range of built-in features and applications, so you can start having fun right away. Stream videos, download new games, take on friends with wireless play, and much more. The Nintendo 2DS includes a power adapter, a stylus pen, and AR cards that work with the Nintendo 2DS built-in camera application to bring you augmented-reality games. My son really enjoyed these games and I like that it gets him moving around since you have to access the games from different vantage points. There is also a 4GB SD card so you can save photos and data.

Nintendo 2DS - Augmented Reality Games

Nintendo 2DS Features

  • Nintendo 3DS Camera - Take 3D photos and record 3D videos with the built-in cameras and software, viewable in 2D on your system. (Using an SD Card, you can view this 3D data on a Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo 3DS XL system.)
  • Face Raiders - Play a game where your face and your friends’ faces become game characters.
  • Nintendo 3DS Sound - Listen to music or record sounds.
  • Activity Log - Check the play times of your software or the steps you have walked while carrying your system with you.
  • Mii Maker - Create Mii characters as alter egos for you and your family and friends.
  • Nintendo Zone Viewer - Access free and exclusive content at Nintendo Zone location via wireless connectivity for multiplayer and co-op play.
  • StreetPass Mii Plaza - A place where Mii characters can gather via StreetPass and other types of communication.
  • Download Play - With a single copy of Download Play-compatible software, you can play multiplayer games with other system users.
  • Nintendo eShop -View information, special offers and videos about software, or download new games to play on your system. 
  • System Settings - Configure your system’s Internet settings, Parental Controls for managing the system's content, and other settings.
  • Health and Safety Information - Review important health and safety information concerning the use of the system.
Nintendo 2DS in Crystal Blue
Nintendo 2DS in Crystal Blue

The Nintendo 2DS is available in red and blue, and they just launched the Crystal Red and Crystal Blue versions earlier this month. The unit retails for $129.99 but you can find the Crystal Red and Crystal Blue Nintendo 2DS at Walmart for $99 and individual games cost as little as $29.99. Given the wallet-friendly price point, its compatibility with DS and 3DS games and the myriad of fun and entertaining possibilities, the Nintendo 2DS is a definite must-have this holiday season for gamers both young and young-at-heart.

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To help spread some holiday cheer this year, Nintendo is offering up a special Nintendo 2DS bundle for one lucky reader of Toronto Teacher Mom. It includes:


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Disclosure: I received product to help facilitate this review. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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133 COMMENTS

  1. I like the mii maker - the characters are so cute!

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  2. C'mon - 3D! THREE DEEEEEEE!!!!

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  3. What I like most is the Download Play - can play multiplayer games with other system users

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  4. I love that's it's DS and 3DS game compatible.

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  5. Really like the new crystal Blue colour and that you can download play.

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  6. I love that Nintendo DS is still around! the style has changed and I love the see through colours my first set of boys loved their DS so much! I know my little guy will too!

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  7. I love that it's a throwback, in some ways, to the original nds.

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  8. I love Nintendo DS :) This brings me back to my childhood

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  9. I love that's it's DS and 3DS game compatible. Love the blue colour too! (Judy Cowan)

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  10. The camera feature is fun, but the fact that its a portable game that can occupy my little one anytime is a huge bonus :) Christine Da Silva

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  11. I love the comparability of the DS and 3DS games.

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  12. its portable... take it everywhere & anywhere when wanted

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  13. I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win a Nintendo 2DS Bundle.
    In response to your question of
    What do you love most about the Nintendo 2DS?
    I love that you can Stream videos,download new games
    and take on friends with wireless play.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. I love the StreetPass Mii Plaza. It's such a unique feature in the new systems and it makes it so you really do want to take it everywhere!!

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  15. That it's Nintendo & Nintendo is awesome,, my girl would love thnx

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  16. i love that it has so many different games

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  17. I love all the games
    (Debbie W)

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  18. The 3D is pretty cool and unique!

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  19. I like that you can download games, take pictures or video and its portability. All features that my son would enjoy I'm sure!

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  20. I love that it is compatible with games for DS and 3DS :) I have games from DS, but my brother has the game system lol

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  21. I love that you can take pictures, videos and download games :)

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  22. I like that it has the ability to take videos and photos!

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  23. I like the backward compatibility.

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  24. I love that it is Nintendo! The best game maker ever!!

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  25. Its compatibility with DS and 3DS games is a great feature!

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  26. I like that it has a camera. My kids would like that.

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  27. It is portable and you can take it on long car trips!

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  28. The 2ds is cool. You wont ever have one of the major issues people have with the 3ds - the screen not working and having to get the wiring fixed.

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  29. I like that it has the ability to play multi-player games.

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  30. I definitely like that it has parental controls. My 6yr old is a bit technology advanced and sometimes keeping him protected is tough!
    Thank you for the opportunity, he would love this!

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  31. that its a portable game to keep kids occupied for a long trip

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  32. I love that it is compatible with DS and 3DS games, usually you spend a ton of money on games and then when a new machine comes out they are obsolete.

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  33. I like the 2DS built-in camera.

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  34. Love that it's 3D :) and the mii maker
    Marla

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  35. I love the Nintendo eShop! No need to leave your house for new games!

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  36. I really like that it is 3D and love that it has a camera.

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  37. The parental controls, as I am a controlling parent!

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  38. Take 3D photos and record 3D videos with the built-in cameras and software, viewable in 2D on your system.
    Florence c

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  39. I love that its compatible with other DS and 3DS games

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  40. I like the parent controls

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  41. I like that it takes 3D photos and records 3D videos with the built-in cameras and software.

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  42. That you can play all kinds of first party nintendo games on it! Mario, Zelda, etc!

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  43. I love that it's compact, view pictures and videos, and play our favorite games.

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  44. I love that you can take pictures, videos and download games , what's not to like

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  45. I love that The Kids would have something fun to play when their friends come over.

    Besos, Saraha
    Journeys of The Zoo

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  46. Love that it take pictures and videos!

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  47. I love that it is portable and can take pictures and videos. Great games too.

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  48. I like the feature..Face Raiders - Play a game where your face and your friends’ faces become game characters

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  49. I love that you can still play the old games still! and how portable it is!

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  50. I love the 3D features!

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  51. I love that it's built for small hands. :)

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  52. Great gift idea. I love techy things to. I am always looking at new gadgets to buy. I will definitely have to check this one. Great post. !! :)

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  53. The camera feature!

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  54. I like that you can listen to music or record sounds.

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  55. I love that you can take photos!

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  56. I love that it takes pics and you can also listen to music..wow these things are getting to be pretty amazing

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  57. I love that it can play both DS and 3DS games! Love the versatility.

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  58. The 3D photos & videos is a super cool feature that my kids would find fascinating!

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  59. The Face Raiders - Play a game where your face and your friends’ faces become game characters is fantastic - somewhat like virtual reality. Makes the experience more real and memorable for both parties playing. My son would get a HOOT playing the Nintendo 2DS with his best friend Hau, would be a one time memory they will have for a lifetime. Little people are like elephants, they don't forget anything. Awesome giveaway.

    Eva Mitton-Urban

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  60. I love that unlike the 3ds, it wont have any issues between top half and bottom half, because it cant close.

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  61. I love that Nintendo DS can play both DS2 and 3D games!!

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  62. i like it because Nintendo makes systems and games that anyone can play

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  63. I like that it is compatible with 2ds and 3ds games

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  64. I love that it has a camera and being small and portable is really great too

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  65. I like all the great, diverse features.

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  66. Ireallylike that it is DS and 3DS game compatible. My daughter is a huge gameboy nerd. =)

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  67. Definitely want to get this for christmas

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  68. I am a huge Nintendo fan! Their gaming systems and games. We have had everyone from the original gamebiy and game boy colour up to the original DS I like the double screen and that it is capatible with the DS games

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  69. You can stream videos and down load games, that's what I love

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  70. I love that it can take pictures.

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  71. I like that it's portable so we can bring it on long car drives

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  72. I love that it has an affordable price and its compatibility with DS and 3DS games. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  73. Love the camera and the fact that it takes an sd card for extra storage

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  74. The parental controls and the camera!

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  75. Absolutely love that it has an sd card for storage, everything needs to have extra storage in our house, we always need more on our phones and tablets. Plus, that it is portable, perfect for long road trips to keep the kids entertained :)

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  76. What I like most is the 3DS camera!

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  77. It is portable and entertaining! Many games available to play!

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  78. love that its 3D also that it takes pictures

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  79. I love that it can play both DS and 3DS games

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  81. I'm a fan of the mii maker!! maybe because I love alter egos lol (or because I already have so many personalities in my brain! )

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  82. I'd love to try this out as I have such fond memories of my Gameboy!
    jan

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  83. 2Ds have educational games for the kids.

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  84. I like that it is portable and it looks like a lot of fun.

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  85. "Stream videos, download new games, take on friends with wireless play"

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  86. I like the option of putting your face into a game as a character :) How fun! Very cool too to be able to stream video

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  87. love that's it's DS and 3DS game compatible

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  88. I love a all things Nintendo, and that my kids have been talking about it forever!

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  89. The price. it is cheaper than Xbox and PS4...LOL

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  90. I love that you can take pics!

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  91. Really like the new crystal Blue colour and that you can download play

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  92. Elizabeth NicholsonDecember 7, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    I like the camera-3 D photos

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  93. I love the camera, its really neat

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  94. I like that you can use both DS and 3DS games!

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  95. I like that you can play more than 1 type of game

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  96. I like the camera and the parental controls.

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  97. I love the camera inside the DS the most

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  98. I like that the kids can play all their current games on this device. 3DS and reg nintendo for DSi

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  99. I like the multiplayer game feature. Hopefully, my girls could share and play together.

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  100. I love the Face Raiders feature....my boys would have so much fun with that!

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  101. The best thing? It's gotta be the 3D!

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  102. I love that it's 3D and you can dl games!

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  103. This feature: its compatibility with DS and 3DS games.
    Cheers.

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  104. I love the Nintendo 3DS Camera, my nephew would love having a camera he can use whenever he wants.

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  105. The 3D is really really cool. Thanks for the great giveaway. Happy Holidays!

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  106. I love the games that Nintendo has!
    KellyPC

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  107. Love there so many games

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  108. I love that DD8 would be able to share her games with her sister (if we were to win) since her games are compatible with this system.

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  109. I like that the handheld console is compatible with other games. It means more games to go around!

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  110. I think it is multiplayer games in one place.

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  111. i like that is has removed the 3D option which may be an issue for younger eyes

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  112. The game library for the 2ds/3ds is amazing right now!

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  114. Awesome giveaway! Hope it will be more! :)

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