Product Comparison: Nintendo 2DS vs Nintendo 3DS

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General Specifications
About the Product
Perfect for players of all ages and experience levels, The Nintendo 3DS family makes gaming easy and accessible. With a library of amazing titles to choose from, including fan-favourites from the Mario, Pokémon and The Legend of Zelda series, online play and more, they are a must-have for every member of the family.
Key Specs
Screen Resolution
240 p
240 p
Game Sources
Nintendo DS cartridge, Nintendo eShop
Nintendo eShop, Nintendo DS cartridge
Internal Memory
4 GB
2 GB
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Nintendo 2DS Handheld Console
  • This thing has a lot of capability such as touch screen, wi fi, etc.
  • Nice travel case and the game cards are small.
  • This device did not come with downloadable or previously downloaded Mario Kart as advertised
  • For a console marketed just for kids it seems they could have done much more with the main screen as its so small and most deffinatley a tn screen [poor veiwing angles and color]
  • Great value, but the screen is too small.
Nintendo 3DS Handheld Console
  • The 3D effect is pretty magical when you first see it - particularly on games where it is well used.
  • The top screen resolution is more than adequate for the size of the device - bright, colourful and clear.
  • Personally I find the display and resolution of the games a little limited but my son loves this.
  • The device adds some very awesome new features such as upgraded graphics, gyroscope, the circle pad, higher resolution screens, and much more.
  • The little card inside for the memory and games.
Size & Weight
5 in.
0.87 in.
5.66 in.
5.3 in.
0.6 in.
5.4 in.
0.6 lbs.
0.52 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Nintendo 2DS Handheld Console
  • It feels great in adult hands but was clearly meant for children.
  • The design fits nicely in hands but the buttons do have a weird feel but isn't that noticeable.
  • It is not as compact as the earlier DS, but that may not be a concern and the trade-off is a double and larger screen.
  • Poor quality, dropped on the carpet from waist height and the screen cracked internally.
  • The plastic does feel a little cheap, but it IS the cheaper version of the 3ds
Screen Type
LCD (3D)
Screen Size
3.53 in.
3.53 in.
What customers say about "Screen"
Nintendo 3DS Handheld Console
  • Very good quality for the money, and the screen size is just fine.
  • Screen colour is excellent. Very, very happy! Arrived quickly.
  • The screen shows the graphics up perfectly regardless of whether the 3D is on or not.
  • The touch screen was very badly calibrated- past the point of the in-software recalibration.
  • I do not like the small screen and it is for children rather than adults although there are some adult games.
Front Camera
0.3 MP
0.3 MP
Rear Camera
0.3 MP
0.3 MP
Multimedia Features
Multiplayer, Nintendo eShop, Mii Characters, Activity Log, Internet browser, Photo, Music, StreetPass, SpotPass, Parental controls, amiibo
StreetPass, SpotPass, Face Raiders, Mii Maker, Nintendo eShop, Music, Photo, Internet browser, Multiplayer
Expansion Card
64 GB
32 GB
What customers say about "Multimedia"
Nintendo 2DS Handheld Console
  • Inexpensive and plays a lot of fantastic games without the 3D gimmick.
  • Perfect, have lots of fun. The Mario Kart game is a download code.
  • My son loves the camera and will sneak up on you to take funny photos of us and laugh hysterically to himself.
  • Didn’t come with SD card.
  • Had no issues yet after almost 5 months, except for at times when the SD card wouldn't read (after a few hours it wasn't a problem).
Nintendo 3DS Handheld Console
  • You don't just get 3d, you get internet, front and back cameras, interactive 3d activities in the system, connecting with others easier, etc.
  • The apps are great especially the camera and the colour (Aqua)is gorgeous.
  • The built in camera is lots of fun as you can create characters out of photos.
  • The camera isn't clear at all and in this day and age could and SHOULD be much better and clearer so minus a point for that.
  • Camera is very low resolution and works badly in low light.
D-pad, 4 action buttons, Start button, Select button, Home button, Sleep slider, C stick, ZL/ZR buttons
Home button, L/R trigger, Select button, Start button, Analog stick, Cross control pad, ZL/ZR buttons, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons
Wi-Fi, Memory card slot, Audio jack 3.5mm
Wi-Fi, Audio jack 3.5mm, MicroSD card slot
1300 mAh
1300 mAh
What customers say about "Power"
Nintendo 2DS Handheld Console
  • The battery lasts for a while and its nice that it doesn't have the hinged and closing capability.
  • The battery lasts long and the system is in perfect condition, even a year later.
  • Wonderful Feel, Good Battery life and very user friendly
  • I hate that it doesn't fold, the battery life sucks, and the stylus doesn't like to stay
Nintendo 3DS Handheld Console
  • The 3DS is sturdy, can handle being dropped, has a good selection of settings and good battery life.
  • The battery from a full night's charge will last me all day so I'm happy about that.
  • The battery seems to last reasonably well and really does depend what you're using the 3ds for, playing multiplayer mario kart online drains the battery much quicker.
  • The battery doesn't last that long compared to previous devices.
  • Battery life is a big disappointment compared to previous consoles. Even with the Wi-Fi turned off and power saving on, you still going to get nothing near the life you got from the previous consoles.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
Other Information
79.99 $
Date First Available
October 12, 2013

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