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No turns out I'm just dumb and can't read.
Dang, you're cold
Egyptians got rid of their dictator and then their elected government without using lethal force against them. Sure, afterwards the military did kill some Islamists, but the protesters themselves never had to kill anyone. The police were unwilling to fight the protesters too much because they basically supported them.
The price for change remained, it was merely the payment terms that were rescheduled.
It's a cheap second machine for anyone who plans to play the new Pokemon games. You need one to play, and one to trade, in order to get the interesting evolutions and version exclusives. It works like this. You play A all the way through. Then you play B, trade over the pokemon from A, get version exclusives, and breed. Then you play A one more time, trading all the eggs/babies over for a great starter set. Yes, the Pokemon franchise forces you to own two machines.
Or you can just enjoy the game on one machine, with one Pokemon title. Come across someone with the alternate game and can make a trade or two? Great! Filling up the Pokedex completely isn't fun at all, it's more of a chore than grinding in a JRPG.
I have never "caught 'em all" ever, and I don't feel like I've had a diminished game experience in any way whatsoever. It's actually quite liberating.
Do they, really? Tablet/phone games are rarely anything to write home about unless you like incredibly simplistic games, akin to playing browser games. They will never properly compete with full game releases when actual gamers are concerned. It just won't happen. There will always be a market for those seeking more substance in their games. The fact that they haven't gone belly up despite the iPhone/iPad being out as long as it has is a testament to that. We always hear about how doomed the handheld console market is over phones because of "99 cent games", but it never actually happens.
The lack of good inputdev is the main thing holding back phone and tablet games. And good controllers and buttons add weight and bulk, so, complete agreement, portable dedicated consoles are here to stay.
At least until telepathic control becomes a thing.
Hey, if your kid can live without those
The number of adults I see playing Pokemon whenever I fly across the country is legion.
Also I really need to stop forgetting to pack my 3DS.
Also I need a 2DS so I can trade Pokemon with myself. MY POKEMANS. LET ME SHOW U THEM.
Even if you don't intend to play it, Streetpass makes merely carrying it around useful.
Lets be honest: 3d is a failure in this space. A huge nummber of 3DS users never turn the 3d on, and for a lot of the market it's not a selling feature. Making a cheaper unit without it is smart, as price is a huge factor in portable gaming sales.
But then they also stripped out a speaker (going to mono instead of stereo) and came up with this really awkward form factor. Why did they do that? This thing is going to be a lot more awkward to carry around because of that.
It's a proper sequel to the ill-fated Game Boy Advance Micro. GBAM removed classic Game Boy / Game Boy Color compatibility, 2DS removes 3D compatibility. Kill compatibility with existing accessories (all GBA and GBASP attachments for the former; circle pad pro, charging dock for the latter).
... the screen and main control button protection a clamshell design gave you.
it seems it will come with a protection case. At least is what the kid used to put away his 2DS on Nintendo's video at YouTube.
Heh, "accessories sold separately" I'd bet.
It's wild that a portable system aimed at the under-7 crowd would intentionally have less protection from scratches. I think Big N is counting on children crying about how scratched up their 2DS is so they can get a second one.
On top of that, 2DS is a ridiculous name and it made me think I'd transported into April Fools' Day 2014.
I'll admit I did a calendar check that today wasn't April Fool's day
Believe it or not, some people do still buy and play board games. You almost always have to go to a solid game shop to get decent ones, but they exist.
The idea, perhaps, is more along the lines that 95% of board games are crap and would never ever get published, and therefore, would never ever get played.
Except, of course, Kickstarter lets you self-publish. Unfortunately, that doesn't put the game in the 5% category with all the other published games, it's still crap except people will play it once or twice before forgetting about it on a shelf and hoping it's be worth something in 50 years since the print run was so small.
Because the US throwing it's military weight around has served us so well in the past. All we're doing is breeding next-generation terrorists this generation and bad blood to last many more generations.
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