This Month On Edge

When we weren’t do­ing ev­ery­thing else, we were think­ing about stuff like this


The things that caught our eye dur­ing106 the pro­duc­tion of E309


The orig­i­nal 2DS was a cu­ri­ous thing: stripped of the 3DS’s stereo­scopic sell­ing point and its clamshell form fac­tor, it felt like a strange, grey-mar­ket knock­off of the real deal. For the kid-friendly con­sole’s XL ver­sion, how­ever, Nin­tendo has hewn much closer to the sys­tem’s orig­i­nal de­sign. In­deed, this is bet­ter thought of as a pared-back, cost-cut­ting ver­sion of the New 3DS XL. While there’s no 3D ef­fect, ev­ery­thing else is present and cor­rect, in­clud­ing a clamshell de­sign, ex­tra pro­cess­ing grunt and RAM, a C-stick and Ami­ibo sup­port. Us­ing cheaper matte plas­tic means there’s been a sub­stan­tial re­duc­tion in weight, but the rein­tro­duced hinge is strong enough to with­stand tiny hands. If you’re af­ter some­thing to dis­tract your de­monic off­spring from a pre­cious Switch, here you go.

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