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?" "Mom, 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
"Yo I got the new 2ds holla" http://t.co/sbaf0Ll5U3— Tiny Cartridge (@tinycartridge) 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
Is the Nintendo 2DS an actual thing or are Nintendo just trolling us? #2DS— Ram Raja (@ram513) August 28, 2013
Isn't a 2DS a DS? #NintendoConfusesMoms— EndUserCollective (@WeAreEndUser) 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.