As a longtime consumer whore — I mean fan — I’m thrilled to see your new product, the 2DS. After all, knowing that I can purchase a technological step backward in my gaming devices is precisely the sort of thing that excites me as a gamer. I’m particularly impressed at how you managed to take not just one, but two steps backward. Simply cutting back the 3D aspect was impressive enough, but not letting us close the thing? Talk about nostalgia!
And nostalgia is, after all, why we’re drawn to your products. When you first released the 3DS, my immediate response was “Not until I can also buy an old Zelda game I’ve already played.” It was like you read my mind! It wasn’t long before you re-released Ocarina of Time. Being a Nintendo fan, I couldn’t help but spend my hard earned money on a game that I already played and already owned! But now I can play it on the go!
I know there are some people who might claim that you’re realizing the 3D effect is bupkiss, and thus, trying to get the attention of people who don’t want to spend top-dollar on a pointless gimmick. I’m certain they’re wrong, though. Just because the 2DS is compatible with 3DS games doesn’t mean you can play all the 3DS games on it. After all, the AAA games are always designed to utilize the latest technological features of whichever console they’ve been released for. So obviously, anyone wanting to play major 3DS releases wouldn’t do so on a 2DS, because they’d miss out on elements fundamentally built into the games.
Not to mention, you’ve already said that your target market is the 6 and under demographic. This makes perfect sense, because the children six and under who are liable to want and receive handheld gaming consoles from their parents probably haven’t already gotten a 3DS.
So thank you, Nintendo. I’m greatly looking forward to the olden days of the Game Boy, when my portable gaming system was a large, clunky block that couldn’t be carried easily. I’m anxiously awaiting the carrier case, and of course, I’m certain the latest hardware will be just as sturdy as the higher quality hardware used in the early 90s. Can’t wait to see how many six and under children have fun with the large, slate-like design!
Forever Your Fan!
Rev. Nate Turner (AKA Alcoholic Luigi)