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November 11, 2014 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Nintendo's 2 new Crystal Red and Blue 2DS designs give the handheld a classic look

When I was a kid I had an educational toy called the Visible Man. It was rather like a puzzle in that you had 2 transparent halves of a human body, into which you assembled all the internal organs. When the halves were joined, you could see where the organs were located and how they all fit together.

My GameBoy Color was similar to this as it's translucent case gave you a peek at the electronic innards of the Nintendo handheld. This treatment was carried forward on the GameBoy Advance. Nintendo has announced the Crystal Blue and Crystal Red 2DS models.

translucent Crystal 2DS designs These 2 variations on the existing red and blue 2DS models will arrive on November 21 for $99. With the simultaneous release of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, one wonders why they didn't brand the colors to align with Pokemon's Ruby and Saphire as opposed to Crystal red and blue. If I had to guess, I imagine they are planning to release Pokemon themed 2DS in a different style at some point in the future.

2DS toast If all else fails and you want a 2DS with more culinary flair, you can ask your local game store to order you one of these crispy looking 2DS Toast models.

White bread is pretty plain until you add dual screens, a cart slot, and the ability to StreetPass. Toaster ovens yearn to bake up this kind of trendy electronic wonderment.

I wasn't impressed with the 3D aspect of the 3DS, but the lower priced 2DS has been a blast. If you haven't entered Nintendo's 3DS era and want to play along at a more reasonable price point, the 2DS is an awesome slab of gaming fun.

Of course you dont want to overlook the New 3DS with the extra C-stick/nub/thingie.

Although part of the latest generation of handhelds, the 3DS and 2DS have a nice selection of retro games via the eShop and quite a few retro-inspired games. I love the Regular Show game, Mordecai and Rigby in 8-bit Land, and recently downloaded 3D Streets of Rage. Good retro stuff!

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