Seeing 2D in a 3D World (Why I Chose to Buy the 2DS)

I’ve been working on a few projects lately on commission that I finally finished. Plus, I had a birthday last week and worked most of the night Friday. That means that I went into Target with quite a bit of money “burning a hole in my pocket”. Not really, I wasn’t intending on spending all of my money yesterday, but it happened anyway.

See, we had taken the four-year-old to Universal Studios Hollywood for a preview event of the new Minion Mayhem ride. It didn’t go well. The ride was great, but was a bit more intense than we were expecting when we decided to take a four-year-old. As we headed back to the car, we used an elevator that made the coin collecting sound from Super Mario Bros. with every floor. I mentioned that the elevator must be run by Mario, and the little one said, “Who?”

That was a situation that needed to be remedied, and fast. So, after dropping little one off with his parents and taking a slightly less quick than I was planning trip downtown, we headed off in search of Mario. And dinner. But after dinner we went looking for Mario. GameStop didn’t have any Mario games for what I considered a reasonable price, so we continued our search into Target.

I just so happened to have some Target gift cards, plus the gift card in payment for my knitting, and some birthday cash. As I started noticing most of the new games were 3DS only, lacking regular DS counterparts as had been the norm for a while, I started considering the 3DS.

I was considering it until I noticed the Pokemon X 2DS bundle was on sale for less than the price of the regular 2DS. I quickly counted my money, and…

That is “Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff” I am currently using to motivate myself. I mark something off my “To Do” list and get to play one level/quest/whatever-you-call-it.

See, the novelty of the 3D ability of the full system is cool, but my eyes can’t take that. Every time I’ve wasted time at Target tried the 3D system, I have to turn the 3D all the way off after a few seconds. That got me to thinking. Why buy a more expensive gaming system if I’m not going to use the one feature that costs extra money?

I know the 2DS is mostly aimed at kids under 7 who shouldn’t use the 3D feature, but I think it works for more than just little kids. I know I can’t be the only one who has trouble focusing their eyes at 3D movies sometimes. It is also kind of nice not to have that folding screen hinge, too. I always have trouble finding the right angle for the top screen on my DS where I can see both at the same time.

There are a lot of great features to the 2DS system that go beyond keeping small children from using 3D. Perhaps Nintendo should highlight that rather than just advertising it as basically the “3DS Junior”. Just a thought.

P.S. – I did get “New Super Mario Brothers”, too. I’ll let you know what I think if I ever get a chance to play it. Not only did I introduce the little one to Mario, I think I got him addicted…

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