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Is the 2DS a viable replacement to the 3DS XL?
« on: January 18, 2019, 03:48:59 PM »
My 3DS has been broken for quite some time now, and ever since then I've been interested in getting a 2DS due to its cheap price (official refurbished for $60 USD) and the extra durability (the right hinge became the downfall of my old XL model, but that's missing here)  But I've heard it's a serious downgrade to other 3DS models, and is even outright uncomfortable.  I would kinda miss 3D since that was a pretty neat part of the system, and I've also heard that the screens are smaller and the sound quality is inferior.  I can live with smaller screens and lower sound quality (I have earbuds anyway).  And while 3D is definitely something I'd miss (especially when playing games like 3D Land), I suppose I can live without it if necessary.

So should I grab a standard 2DS for $60 but lose 3D and big screens, or pay extra for one of the "new" models with the possibility of my right hinge crumpling again?

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Re: Is the 2DS a viable replacement to the 3DS XL?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2019, 10:37:09 PM »
i didnt notice any real drop in quality when i went from a 3ds to a 2ds and afaik the screens are exactly the same size

also whoever said the 2ds was uncomfortable is insane, it actually fit pretty nicely in my hands

aside from the lack of 3d, the hardware is p much exactly the same between 2ds and 3ds (and in my experience the 2ds actually has better battery). if you want an actual hardware upgrade then get the new 2ds but sadly those are clamshell



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Re: Is the 2DS a viable replacement to the 3DS XL?
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2019, 12:18:44 AM »
i didnt notice any real drop in quality when i went from a 3ds to a 2ds and afaik the screens are exactly the same size

also whoever said the 2ds was uncomfortable is insane, it actually fit pretty nicely in my hands

aside from the lack of 3d, the hardware is p much exactly the same between 2ds and 3ds (and in my experience the 2ds actually has better battery). if you want an actual hardware upgrade then get the new 2ds but sadly those are clamshell
I say smaller screens because I had an XL, so downgrading to 2DS would mean smaller screens, even if the size was identical to that of a launch edition.

Good to know that the 2DS won't cause discomfort.  That worried me a bit when I read that but I think it'll fit fine in my hands.

Like I said, I had an XL so the hardware differences are more significant than they would be if I had a standard 3DS.  I would like one of the "new" models but due to budget reasons I kinda can't until later on.  Plus, they're clamshell so I'm not sure how durable they'd be (my old 3DS could survive water but couldn't survive a body ball so idk).

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Re: Is the 2DS a viable replacement to the 3DS XL?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2019, 12:33:08 AM »
og 3ds and og 3dsxl are the same hardware too im p sure, the only difference being size obviously



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Re: Is the 2DS a viable replacement to the 3DS XL?
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2019, 12:36:29 AM »
og 3ds and og 3dsxl are the same hardware too im p sure, the only difference being size obviously
I thought the XL also had a better battery, but I'm not 100% sure.

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Re: Is the 2DS a viable replacement to the 3DS XL?
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2019, 12:38:22 AM »
battery is only slightly better and thats the only difference as far as i can tell



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Re: Is the 2DS a viable replacement to the 3DS XL?
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2019, 01:10:57 AM »
as a person who's owned/owns both, I think the 3d xl is definitely better, but i dont really think its worth paying like 60+ extra bucks that could just be spent on a game instead as the improvements are rather minor. only thing about the 2ds that ever really irritated me was the monospeaker but that could be overcome with headphones which sounds better anyways so that wasnt a very big issue. honestly the only reason i'd really reccomend going with the 3ds xl instead is if you're dying to play Xenoblade fsr or just really enjoyed the added dimsension/atmosphere the 3d effects have

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Re: Is the 2DS a viable replacement to the 3DS XL?
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2019, 08:37:56 AM »
Go for the 2DS. It's the only one I've ever owned, yes, but the extra durability sold it for me. I wouldn't say that it's uncomfortable - in fact, the clamshell design is much worse imo.

I've played on both kinds of systems and I never noticed a difference in sound.
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