Christmas is coming
With Christmas just over one month away, a lot of people have started working on completing their shopping list. Christmas is a time of year where a lot of people receive their first console. With so many options to choose from, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. I am going to offer my opinion, on what I feel is your best bang for your buck. I give you the Nintendo 2DS family of handheld consoles. The Nintendo 2DS family is the least expensive gaming option, with a large library of diverse games.
Nintendo 2DS Wedge
Nintendo offers two different versions of the 2DS, the wedge model for $79.99. This option comes packed with either Mario Kart 7 or New Super Mario Bros 2. In my opinion, this model of the 2DS would be perfect for a younger audience, from about five to ten years old. The wedged style handheld can really take a beating, without worrying about the damaging the system.
Nintendo 2DS XL
The second option for the Nintendo 2DS is the 2DS XL. This version is a clamshell design and is a lot more aesthetically pleasing. The Nintendo 2DS XL comes in at a price point of $149.99 and comes in one of two bundles with either Mario Kart 7 or New Super Mario Bros 2. I would suggest that this model would be better for a preteen aged gamer.
3DS games that are a great starting point
Now that you have picked out what version of the 2DS you will be buying, allow me to make a few suggestions on some great games for you to enjoy on your new system.
The Nintendo 2DS has a huge gaming library to choose from. Not only will you be able to play 3DS game on your 2DS, but you will also be able to play DS games on your 2DS as well.
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon $38.99 each
One of the staple franchises for the Nintendo handheld family of consoles is the Pokemon franchise. This game is fun for all ages and that’s why this game is a must-have.
A Link Between Worlds $19.79
A game that almost everyone can enjoy is the great story of a Link Between Worlds. This game is the sequel to the Super Nintendo classic A Link to the Past. This Zelda game would be a great entry point to a newcomer of the series.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf $19.99
Animal Crossing is a village builder type of game where you are the mayor of the new city. You interact with the different animals who live in your town, and complete a variety of tasks to help them enjoy living in your town. This game is very simple to pick up and play, but very hard to put down.
Luigi’s Mansion $39.99 and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon $19.89
The greatest sidekick of all time has a problem with ghosts. The Luigi’s Mansion series of games are fantastic games of exploration and funny boss fights and fun puzzles.
Metroid: Samus Returns $38.99
Everyone’s favorite space bounty hunter Samus makes her way to the 2DS, in a remake of the classic Gameboy version of Metroid 2. Lots of exploration and medium to hard platforming fun for everyone.
Lastly, everyone’s guilty pleasure Minecraft. There is nothing I can say that hasn’t been said already about Minecraft, but it looks right at home on the 2DS XL. Minecraft is only available on the 2DS XL.
I really hope this helps you this holiday season when shopping the gamer on your Christmas list.
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