A New Toy [Nintendo 2DS]

Nintendo 2DS XL

We both have the original Nintendo 3DS (2011). They both work fantastic, despite them being six years old. Nintendo has decided to let go of the original 3DS since they’ve come out with many other versions since then. We both knew we’d have to get a new handheld at some point and were thinking of upgrading to a 3DS XL. Then Nintendo announced the 2DS XL.

While our Nintendo 3DS systems still work, their battery life definitely isn’t what they used to be. It was no problem, of course, and they both still have plenty of room for game storage. However, we figured that the 2DS XL would be nice upgrades, new handhelds with bigger screens and without the 3DS slide that we honestly never used from the 3DS systems. We’re both enjoying our 2DS systems, with Miitopia being the first game on them!

I’m definitely enjoying the new system. I felt like it was Christmas (after we went to two GameStops so we could each get a system). Yes, there’s only Miitopia on the system, but the handheld itself is great. I enjoy the bigger screen and I think it’s cool that the game cartridge gets shielded and locked at the bottom. It won’t fall out and it won’t get ruined. It’s right next to the teeny-tiny SD card and the stylus. I’ll admit that I have a hard time getting the stylus back in. However, I tend to use my fingers anyway.

I nearly forgot our quest to get the two systems… We went to our favorite GameStop at the mall, and the employee mentioned how they only had one system. Rachel immediately told me, “I’ll fight you,” and the employee rolled with it, stating that he’d “put the system in the middle so [we] could duke it out.” To prevent us from ruining the store, though, he kindly offered to call the nearest GameStop to see if they had another system to hold for us, which they did. The bigger screen is my favorite aspect of the 2DS XL. Going back to the 3DS is strange because the screen looks so much smaller!

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You would have beaten me anyway… With that being said, we both ended up with the black and blue 2DS. Both of us liked that color better than the white and orange, but to differentiate it a bit, I would have gone for the white and orange. (I’m most likely going to put Pokemon stickers on it anyway.) But both stores only had the black and blue left, which was fine by us. And yeah, we’ve both been playing Gameboy Advance games so while playing Miitopia so I’m going back and forth between the 2DS XL and my original DS. Not 3DS, just a regular old Nintendo DS.

I would have loved a black and red color scheme, but the black and blue is pretty. Considering my original Nintendo DS’s top screen is coming apart at the seams, I’ve been using my GameBoy Advance SP for my game. It’s itty-bitty compared to the 2DS XL! It’s amazing seeing the growth and change in technology when it comes to the handheld systems. Now we have the Switch to add to that lineup, with many wondering what Nintendo’s plans are for the future of their handhelds…

Do you have a 2DS system? What do you think of Nintendo’s line of handheld consoles? Let us know in the comments below!

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Thoughts On The Nintendo Switch

First Thoughts on the Nintendo Switch

So, in the very slim chance that you’ve missed it, Nintendo officially revealed the Nintendo Switch (formerly known only as the NX). In my opinion, the new console looks fantastic! Slim and sleek, it boasts modes both for the television and for on-the-go gaming.

I think the console looks awesome and I’ve never been so excited for anything in my entire life! I like how it seems small and compact, but it’s obviously bigger than the 3DS. I like the idea of being able to bring it with you where ever you go and play with friends in person. That will make game nights a lot easier!

It seems fantastic! Although, I wonder if you’re playing games on the go with friends, how many people can play with one screen. Is it two per screen? How many screens can hook up together to play the same game? Imagine playing 8-player Smash Brothers with it!

Well, at one point in the trailer, each person had their own screen and they were all just sitting around in a circle. But the screen is small, so I’m thinking you can only get 2-4 people on one screen at once. My question is, how long will the battery last?

The battery usage is a good point. I presume the brain of the console, the part that stays home with the television, will be a charging station for the mobile screen. I hope the battery lasts at least about six or so hours, almost like a 3DS. I’m curious as to how the WiFi is going to work on the console. We’ve seen the cartridges for the games, but what about downloads and online multiplayer? Will there be a Virtual Console on the Switch?

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I agree with you on all those points. While the trailer for the console was great and I’m very excited for it, but there are still a lot of unknowns. They’ve shown us what the console looks like and what it’s capable of doing, but not how it’ll do those things and how long it will last or how far it will reach. They didn’t really explain the console, I guess is what I’m trying to say.

They definitely showed off a lot of highlights and I’m excited to learn more and see what it can really do. Despite the few unknowns and questions we have about it, I think it’s a fantastic-looking piece of hardware from Nintendo. They’ve always made strides when it comes to gaming — 3D game play and motion controls, to name a couple — and the Switch looks as if it’ll fit right in.

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The Switch is something we’ll definitely be trying to get right as it comes out. I’m sad it won’t be out in time for the holidays, but with how amazing it looks, I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait.

What are your thoughts on the Nintendo Switch? Are you excited about it? Let us know in the comments! 

Old Saves and Memories

Double Jump Kris MiiAs many of you know, Rachel is doing a run-through with all generations of the Pokemon games in preparation for Pokemon Sun and Moon coming out this November. She had just reviewed Pokemon Blue last week. Have you guys played the original first generation games?


With Rachel playing through the Pokemon games in anticipation for Sun and Moon, she is planning on playing the second generation games this month. In order to do that, she needs the games all prepped and ready to play.

She asked me if I wanted to join her on this venture, and I mentioned I would probably continue my HeartGold or SoulSilver versions. Rachel jokingly claimed that was cheating, as she plans on starting over with the oldest versions. My response?

“I’m pretty sure my games are so old the save mechanism doesn’t work anymore.”

This prompted the two of us to scour through our GameBoy Color games. While Rachel still has her GameBoy Color and GameBoy Advance handhelds, mine were unfortunately lost when our basement flooded eons ago from a storm. I still have my GameBoy Advance SP, however, and it was with that handheld that I tried to turn on my Crystal cartridge, my favorite version of the Johto region.

It didn’t work.

“Here,” Rachel said as she got her own SP, “try it with my GameBoy Advance.”

Thus we snowballed into a state not unlike headless chickens. For the next few minutes, all you could hear from us were statements and questions like:

  • “Where’s the power button on this?”
  • “Ohmigod, the screen is so DARK! There’s no backlight!”
  • “Wait, which way do we put in the game?”
  • “Why isn’t it working?!”
  • “Oh, look, the new game option is here. Maybe I hadn’t started it yet–Nope, the save function is just dead.”

It was kind of hilarious how inept we were at remembering how to use the older handhelds, despite growing up with them.

Thinking on it now, the first and second generation of those games are fifteen to twenty years old by now, and its been ten years since the fourth generation games have come out. How long do those internal game batteries last…?

Have you ever lost a beloved game due to its outdated mechanics and cartridges?

What’s on My Nintendo 3DS?

Rachel Mii Double JumpGood morning!

Yesterday Kris and I discussed what was better: a console or handheld?

For the sake of the post I chose handheld. I thought today we could take a closer look at what exactly my Nintendo 3DS has to offer.

I try to take my 3DS with me where ever I go. I love the Streetpass and absolutely love collecting the puzzle pieces. The other games on there are fantastic as well, but collecting the puzzle pieces is my favorite by far.

Currently I have 18 downloads on my handheld. 11 of them, I’ll admit, are Pokemon related. I have a couple of Mario titles as well as Ace Attorney titles, Zelda, and Tomodachi Life.

I love the fact that I can put my 3DS in my pocket and take 18 (19 if I have a game cartridge in the slot) games along with me where ever I go.

The only problem with having that many options is that I never know what game to play.

What downloads do you have on your Nintendo 3DS? Do you use Streetpass at all?

Console vs Handheld

Console vs Handheld

Hi everyone! We hope you’re all having a good week! Today Rachel and I are debating on whether or not consoles — like the Wii U — or handhelds — like the Nintendo 3DS — are better platforms for games. Personally, I prefer the consoles. There’s nothing like playing a fantastic adventure game and seeing the gorgeous details of the world on a big television screen. Handhelds, while their graphics can be pretty, just don’t hold a candle to consoles.

It’s hard to pick and choose one or the other. Though for the post’s sake, I’m going to say that I prefer handhelds. Yes, the screen is bigger on a TV, but the XL 3DS is pretty good as well. Plus I love being able to put my 3DS in my pocket and bring it with me where ever I go.

Okay, so the handhelds have the pro of being portable. That’s cool and great for vacations, but with the convenient travel size also comes smaller games. Not only are they easier to lose, I feel as if the game data themselves are smaller. The console games are bigger, more expansive than the handheld ones.

Yes, but you can download so many games onto the handheld. You don’t even have to bring a cartridge with you. Sure, the games may not hold as much information, but you can still get hours of play from each game.

You can download a plethora of games onto the consoles as well. It’s something that they’re all starting to do, as well as include special apps like Netflix and YouTube. While it is awesome being able to bring Netflix and YouTube around with you on a handheld, there is nothing like watching it on the television with the help of your console.

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But you can’t take those games with you… So there.
I never use YouTube and Netflix on my 3DS because the screen is so small. It’s supposed to be used for video games anyway. Not watching TV. Tell me, how often do we play video games on our Wii U and how often do we watch Let’s Plays on YouTube on the Wii U? We play more games on the handheld than we do the console.

Yes, the handhelds are more convenient for playing games… But how often do we wish for games like Professor Layton to be on the console so we don’t have to huddle over one little 3DS screen to play together? Games for consoles like the Wii U are fantastic for sharing with friends, especially ones like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. Yes, there’s a nifty thing called WiFi to let you play with others through the Internet, but that can be spotty, even in today’s age of technology.

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Okay, okay… Good point.
However not much of our friends enjoy video games like we do. We don’t really have anyone to play with. Sure it would be nice to play games on the big screen with each other, but we manage. Sometimes it can be nice to lay on the couch with coffee in hand, relaxing and quiet.

We can force encourage our friends to enjoy video games like us… Seriously, we have a decent handful who love our video game nights and are annoyed that we don’t do them more often. Maybe we should fix that…
We can relax just as well with console games too, such as Pokemon Ranch or, again, Super Smash Bros. with computer characters duking it out. My vote, with the bigger screen, fuller games, and sociability, goes to the consoles!

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My vote is the smaller screen, shorter games, yet portable!
That sounds pretty bad when I say it like that, but I was just trying to write the opposite of what you said… Oh well!
I’ll play video games no matter what platform they’re on.

Whose side are you on? Do you prefer console games or handhelds?