Think what you will of the recently-unveiled Nintendo 2DS, but at the very least we can't say that it's a hardware reveal that went unnoticed — Nintendo's curiously-designed budget handheld started getting reactions from the internet almost immediately.
Even just the headlines announcing the handheld anticipated bafflement or reacted to the console — we wrote that the 2DS name was not a typo, the PA Report and Tiny Cartridge both made sure to say that the whole thing wasn't a joke, and Tech Crunch called it "hideous."
Our commenters seemed to echo some of these sentiments. "It looks a bit ugly, and I hate the fact that they're doing away with the 3D," DianaStyles wrote. "This feels like a strange move by Nintendo to be honest...it doesn't fold," Atomizer thought. "I'm sorry, but folding is so much cooler than none-folding," Balmut opined, presenting the following GIFs as evidence:
And then of course, there's the social media reaction — Twitter in particular is buzzing about the 2DS.
I'm suing Nintendo. Making a 2D handheld that nobody wants is an idea they stole from the PS Vita — CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) August 28, 2013
The 2DS is a great idea, should boost sales meaningfully. I think a lot of people don't care about the 3D feature, this gives them a choice — Michael Pachter (@michaelpachter) August 28, 2013
*turns hat backwards* kids let me tell you about another hot 2D handheld all your friends are talking about. it's called the Bible — lawblob (@lawblob) August 28, 2013
There's a puzzle in Phantom Hourglass (I think?) solved by folding the DS. Is that game just unbeatable on the 2DS? — Griffin McElroy (@griffinmcelroy) August 28, 2013
they should sell the 2ds in green cause its the year of luigi — 日常 (@rosenkero) August 28, 2013
"Ricky, why are you crying?" "Mum, the 3DS fell into my pocket again!" "There's gotta be a better way!" [Nintendo 2DS logo,fade to black] — Justin McElroy (@JustinMcElroy) August 28, 2013
in 15 yrs somebody is going to post a photo of their gamer shelf & will get so much upvote cred for featuring the rare collectible 2DS — ♥ Elliot Trinidad ♥ (@nameoftheyear) August 28, 2013
2DS 2Furious — YOU GOT THAT WRONG (@NotFaulty) August 28, 2013
"WOW I GUESS THE 2DS IS GOING ALL IN IF IT REFUSES TO FOLD" -POJKER STARS DOT NET — Brian Lee (@LRcomic) August 28, 2013
It's official. I want a 2DS — Travis Court (@TravisCourt) August 28, 2013
I already have a 2DS. It's called slider turned down to OFF because the novelty wore off. Nintendo you crazy. — Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) August 28, 2013
I want to say that the 2DS looks so stupid...but I thought the same thing about the original DS and the Wii. So. — Mac Pinkman (@macaroon1) August 28, 2013
PEOPLE, SHUT UP ABOUT HOW THE 2DS WILL FAIL. NINTENDO'S PRIMARY MARKET ARE LITTLE KIDS, THAT'S WHY THIS IS A GREAT MARKETING IDEA. — Sean. (@MonochromicOreo) August 28, 2013
ok ok so the 2DS is for parents to buy their kids. that makes sense, I accept it now for who it is. — James Judas Didimus (@zephtastic) August 28, 2013
Just wait, the 2DS will be nearly indestructible, just like the Gameboy line. — ＴＥＥＰＯＣＯＰＴＥＲ ◎ω◎ (@brightsuzaku) August 28, 2013
I might actually get a 2DS tho. I want to play the great RPGs coming to 3DS, don't care about 3D & want to save money. — Fred (@RanCiel810) August 28, 2013
There are YouTube reactions, too. Like this one by Kona Carter:
And yes, of course, there's Photoshops. The 2DS kind of looks like a doorstopper, doesn't it? Redditor trshmstr thinks so, anyway.
Or maybe it's more like a dustpan, BransonKP thinks.
Many, like neoGAF's Farrow, compare the 2DS to an ax.
Here's a good one, courtesy of The Drunken Moogle:
Check out this peculiar...uh, whatever this is by michaelmore-swag.
I'll leave you with two reaction GIFs, one from alr1ght, and the other from Canti: