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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.

3DS XL Announced, Extra Charges May Apply

The Nintendo 3DS XL was announced last night during the latest Nintendo Direct. It sports  a less sexy look, better battery, higher-capacity SD card and 90% larger screens. In Japan and Europe it will not include a charging adapter...

Nintendo claims many users already have compatible 3DS and DSi chargers. It would appear that Nintendo were joining an ever growing number of hardware manufacturers (see mobile phones) who are not including chargers, instead using standard adapters that can be used in a multitude of devices. Well, it would seem that way if Nintendo used mini/micro USB adapters instead of a proprietary one.

3DS Miis: Rocky Edition

This tough-as-nails quartet is picked straight from the Rocky films and consists of Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed, Mr. T as James "Clubber" Lang and Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago. Scanning these Miis will not play "Eye of the Tiger". More

Play Kid Icarus: Uprising in First-Person Mode

Are you a hardcore FPS player who wants to get into the newest Nintendo entry? Today is your lucky day! By changing one simple option you can play Kid Icarus: Uprising in the first-person perspective.

Navigate your way through Kid Icarus' menus to reach the control options (they are also available from the pause menu):
Options > Controls > Control Configuration

There you will be presented with two options for controlling Pit's movement. Select the default setting (Circle Pad). The next screen you will be taken to modifies the reticle controls. Selecting the last option will enable you to use both the face buttons on the 3DS and the touch screen to aim.

An interesting side effect of this is that the "View Change" button is remapped to Up on the D-Pad and its functionality altered. Prior to this change you would have to hold Y in order to enter FPS mode, now you can toggle it on or off by simply pressing Up on the D-Pad.

Upon activating this, you will stay in first-person mode as you shoot & dodge your way to victory.