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The 2DS had a surprisingly good showing at PAX photo
The 2DS had a surprisingly good showing at PAX
by Jordan Devore

Like Dale and Spencer, I wasn't expecting much of the 2DS. And, to be fair, it's not really meant for me -- I play the occasional game in 3D (Animal Crossing, for instance) and already own the original 3DS, so if I were to buy more hardware, it'd be the XL. Also, I'm not a five-year-old.

Could it be better? Well, yeah. There are a few immediately noticeable drawbacks. Those shoulder buttons feel off, and the form factor itself takes some getting used to but, holding the system in your hands, it's good overall. Good for the $129.99 price point, certainly.

Now we just need the 1DS mockup to become a reality. I'd buy that on day one.

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11:00 PM on 08.28.2013

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Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:00 PM on 08.28.2013

Nintendo 2DS weighs less than the 3DS XL

Nintendo has divulged the specs of the newly-announced 2DS, and there are a few tidbits worth bringing up. The screen real estate is the same as it is with the regular 3DS, though the funny-looking handheld does support sligh...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 08.28.2013

Reggie says the 2DS is for five- to six-year-olds

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Brett Makedonski

1:00 PM on 08.28.2013

Nintendo says it's committed to 3D despite the 2DS

While the Nintendo 2DS will play 3DS games, it won't support 3D. It stands to reason that such functionality isn't nearly as important as Nintendo made it out to be. That's not how Nintendo executive VP of sales and marketing...

Jordan Devore

1:36 PM on 08.20.2013

Assassin's Creed IV on PlayStation Vita via remote play

During today's press conference Sony once again demonstrated the PlayStation Vita's remote play functionality by streaming Ubisoft's highly-anticipated pirate-fest Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag running on PlaySta...

Tim Sheehy





12:48 PM on 08.20.2013

Mike Bithell's Volume debuting exclusively on PS4/PS Vita

Mike "Thomas Was Alone" Bithell has a new game coming. It's called Volume and it'll have an exclusive debut on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita this year.  Volume will let you create, mix, and share your own game worlds online, though not too much is known beyond that. Knowing Bithell, it will likely be a very charming little game. 

Jim Sterling

12:42 PM on 08.20.2013

Starbound, Fez, and Velocity 2X coming to Vita (Update)

[Update: As announced on Polytron's official site, Fez will be headed to PS3 as well. In addition, Sony's released a full list of indie titles headed for each platform in the near future. The list includes gems such as B...

Tim Sheehy

12:31 PM on 08.20.2013

Sony to drop PlayStation Vita price to $200

We've seen various retailers drop both the Wi-Fi and 3G/Wi-Fi PlayStation Vita models down to $200 recently. It's time, Sony. We're ready for you to introduce that coveted price drop across the board. And Sony is ready as wel...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 08.20.2013

Borderlands 2 coming to PS Vita (Update)

[Update: Sony is publishing the title, and Iron Galaxy Studios -- the makers of Divekick -- helped on on bringing the console shooter to the handheld. Borderlands 2 Vita will be out in 2014, and will feature everything the co...

Jim Sterling

4:00 PM on 08.12.2013

Play Game & Watch and other LCD games in your browser

Hey, 80s babies! Have fond memories of portable gaming in the days before Game Boy? Did your parents ever buy you those Tiger electronic handhelds for $10 a pop to shut you up on those long drives? Or were you born just a lit...

Tony Ponce

8:30 PM on 08.09.2013

Looks like Target will have PS Vitas for $200 soon

A Target ad for the week of August 18 - 24 references a nice little deal on PlayStation Vitas, should you be in the market for the handheld. Both the standard Wi-Fi ($249.99) and 3G/Wi-Fi ($299.99) models are going to drop in...

Jordan Devore

1:00 AM on 08.08.2013

KickBeat drops on September 3 for the PS3, PS Vita

Zen Studios is finally ready to unleash KickBeat! It'll be out on September 3 for the PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 3. Oh, yeah, it's also coming to the PlayStation 3! The game will be a cross-buy title, so you just need...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:30 PM on 08.07.2013

New PS Vita update lets you access cloud saves quicker

A new system update for the PlayStation Vita has added a number of new features. The biggest being the ability to quickly access PlayStation Network servers so you can now upload/download save data from the cloud, so long as...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:30 AM on 07.30.2013

Black 3DS XL comes out on August 11

Nintendo has finally confirmed that the Black 3DS XL is coming out on August 11, in the United States at least. It's been priced at $199.99, but some stores may have it for $179.99 through a promotion. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team also comes out on August 11. What a coincidence!

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:00 AM on 07.24.2013

Chaos Rings now available on PS Vita, PS Mobile

The rather excellent, if originally pricey, phone/tablet RPG Chaos Rings has snuck its way onto the PlayStation Store, available for purchase on PS Mobile and PS Vita devices. Though only announced for Japan, it's already on ...

Jim Sterling