Of course this is spurred by yesterday's surprise announcement of the 2DS... This post isn't meant to be about fanboys vs. haters or whatever, I'm looking at what Nintendo is up to from the best understanding of business that I have and I can't help but think they are just wicked smart and have a plan. Of course there are plenty, if not a majority, of people with a contrary opinion predicting only gloom and doom in their future... I'm just trying to understand. Granted the Wii U's launch was botched primarily due to delayed first party titles but we're here now post Pikmin 3 and finally looking at ~bimonthly major releases for a good portion of the next year. Of course the price drop as we roll into the end of the year and a new console cycle doesn't hurt either. I think it's going to be fine, just needs a little more time (buy one for Lego City!).
So anyway, the 2DS, what I read on Ars
this morning is that it really just has one screen and the plastic cover divides it in two, smart for a lot of reasons and probably a good idea to split your screen instead of your market. BUT, how long do you really think it will take before you can order a 3rd party replacement bezel that opens up the entire screen and mess with homebrew or whatever on it? Looks pretty hacker friendly to me unless something crazy is hiding under the hood. Of course Nintendo will be watching that closely as they tweak their plans for their next handheld launch...
...but seriously, my first reaction was to laugh when I saw it just like everyone else, but then you notice the details, targeted at younger kids, significantly cheaper, built like a tank, comes out the same day as new Pokemon games and just before the holidays... Pretty damn smart IMO.
So, what do you think? Regardless if you like them or not, do they know what they are doing or are they really on their way out?