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Nintendo 2DS and the ugliest consoles of all time

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Nintendo 2DS and the ugliest consoles of all time

Today Nintendo announced the 2DS. It’s a 3DS that removes all the things that define the 3DS – that it folds up like a clamshell and has 3D.

Instead the Nintendo 2DS is a piece of toast with buttons and a screen on it. In four words – what was Nintendo thinking? Let’s take a closer look at the 3DS’s version of godawful Wii Mini.

Nintendo 2DS

AKA Toastie

Wii Mini

Wedge-shaped from the side, like a fresh slice of Hovis from the front, the Nintendo 2DS is one of the strangest-looking consoles we’ve ever seen. It has two screens, but in ditching the hinge it gets rid of a smart design move that Nintendo has been making ever since the Game & Watch in 1980.

Oh, but wait – it can play DS games too.

Just like the 3DS. And is it a lot cheaper? Of course not.

Think that's bad, though? Here are some of the ugliest consoles ever produced.

Atari Jaguar CD

AKA The Crapper

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If the Atari Jaguar was ill-fated, the Jaguar CD was doomed to die from the moment it was conceived. What’s the best way to respond to a console that’s not selling well? Make another console that requires the first one, of course.

Atari didn’t do the Jaguar CD any design favours either, seemingly modelling the thing after a toilet. It was a commercial disaster, but at least someone at Atari has a sense of humour.

RCA Studio II

AKA The Conjoined Twins

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Released in 1977, it’s no surprise that the RCA Studio II is barely recognisable as a console. It looks more like a mating pair of telephones, or something you’d find in the cockpit of a dilapidated yacht from… the seventies, suitably enough.

If you’ve not heard of it, don’t feel bad. The RCA Studio II was a flop, having been steamrollered by the far superior Atari 2600, released less than a year later.

Atari Lynx I

AKA The Flip-Flop

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From flop to failure to flip flop, the original Atari Lynx looks a good deal like the popular pool-side footwear. Atari seemed to realise the design was a stinker too, releasing the more compact, marginally more stylish Atari Lynx II two years after the first one’s launch.

Although technically impressive in many respects, with full colour graphics and longer battery stamina than a Game Gear, the Lynx did not sell.

Philips CD-i

AKA Betamax

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Generally forgotten by younger generations of gamers, the Philips CD-i was one of the first consoles to try and pioneer the video-based gaming genre made possible by the CD format – responsible for some of the worst games of all time.

Philips made a pretty decent-looking top-loading version of the CD-I, but it also produced this monster. It’s one of the largest games consoles ever produced. Put it next to your VHS, betamax and Laserdisc and you’d have a pretty sweet 1980s home entertainment rack.

Next, read our look at the seven reasons why the Xbox One is better than the PS4.

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August 29, 2013, 12:51 am



August 29, 2013, 10:30 am

Love it. Can you do our photoshops instead of @andrew_TR? He thinks he know what he's doing...


August 29, 2013, 11:07 am

XBOX ONE inspired by Philips CD-i I bet.


August 29, 2013, 1:15 pm

Virtual Boy, Sega 32x and Sega CD should also be in that list. XD


August 29, 2013, 1:35 pm

you're saying it's ugly but I now regret buying the XL because of how beautiful this looks


August 29, 2013, 3:46 pm

Xbox One on the list, they spent a 100 million on R&D(world gone mad) on the controller and the console looks pants.

Steve Lambert

August 29, 2013, 4:09 pm

To be fair, I think this is aimed at kids, or at least parents buying for young kids.
Kids do not give one solitary shit if things look cool or not!


August 29, 2013, 8:31 pm

If you're serious, I go to school for animation so I know how to use a lot of different programs.

Polly Ripley

August 29, 2013, 10:29 pm

Considering it is only one screen divided by the front of the case to lower costs - this being a budget way to play 3DS games - I don't really see how they could have designed this differently, to be honest. It's certainly no uglier than your average Android tablet.


August 29, 2013, 11:49 pm

The lynx was stylish when it was released. Most of the reviews at the time applauded it's design.

Sukhpal Ubhi

August 29, 2013, 11:50 pm

No your wrong Nintendo has just shown a pinch of the system there are many more to come

Matthew Bunton

August 31, 2013, 1:54 am

Yes it is aimed at younger children and to be honest is probably ideal for them plus it is reasonably priced.

Matthew Bunton

August 31, 2013, 1:55 am

Nah I think he was just joking but also commending your skills.

Matthew Bunton

August 31, 2013, 1:56 am

That Philips CDi looks a little like the Xbox One or vice versa.


October 15, 2013, 2:59 am

I got 2 consoles of 3DS XL and 2DS, and I think 2DS is quite good looking and different. It's also compact enough to carry around. Honestly, it's not expensive and you should just buy one of each colour. Come on.

Kaz Angryzilla

November 3, 2013, 5:35 pm

That console is only for children, get that idea in your thick skull of yours. I guess you just looked at it and just hate on the console. Second the nintendo ds hinges will eventually break for opening the ds carelessly when kids eagerly play it. In my opinion, I think they made just to show it for younger audience, not just throw a piece of gimic and throw it down your throat, I mean it's not like Kinect, the Playstation Vita, and The Move ever ripped of Nintendo what so ever, oh wait they did so suck it, you blood sucking time wasting dick.Go to hell.

Kaz Angryzilla

November 3, 2013, 5:37 pm

I guess you just like hating on Nintendo as much as possible, you microsoft and sony fanboy.

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