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The 2DS: One 'D' Short of Three

20130830-172521.jpgPeople are flipping out over the 2DS. Yes, it's a bit of a silly product with a silly name (Nintendo loves their puns).

But I think most people are overlooking one thing: this device has to be insanely cheaper to produce than the other two variants of the Nintendo 3DS. It  has a cropped feature set while also using some surprising cost saving techniques. All this and at only $40 less than the original 3DS, the profit margin is most likely much higher too.

So, Nintendo targets those kids whom it recommends not use 3D with a cheaper version made just for their little digits and makes even more money in the process? Sounds good to me. And they do all this while hitting a lower price point and reenforcing an already successful platform. This isn't a far-future strategy, this is for this holiday and a year or two beyond.

One thing is for sure, this little oddity is destined to be a collector's item.

How does piracy feel?: An experiment

… we didn’t want to pass up the unique opportunity of holding a mirror in front of them and showing them what piracy can do to game developers. So, as players spend a few hours playing and growing their own game dev company, they will start to see the following message, styled like any other in-game message:

'Boss, it seems that while many players play our new game, they steal it by downloading a cracked version rather than buying it legally.'

Slowly their in-game funds dwindle, and new games they create have a high chance to be pirated until their virtual game development company goes bankrupt.

The reactions of the people who downloaded the cracked version of the game are hilarious.

Why are there so many people that pirate? It ruins me!

What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy?

via Daring Fireball

Miiverse on the Web

Minutes ago Nintendo launched the Miiverse website, meaning that any web browser can now peruse the community. Here are some pictures:

From a computer

On a computer

From a phone

On a phone