Thank you, Nintendo, for livening up an otherwise humdrum late-August hump day by releasing the 2DS, a new portable gaming console that's unleashed a wave of Twitter hate and snark not seen since, well, the Batfleck brouhaha of a few days ago.
The device essentially delivers the 3DS experience without the 3D viewing. While some commentators call the mass-market-friendly $129.99 tag a smart move that will appeal to parents ahead of the holiday season (another possible bonus for the kid crowd: there's no hinge to break), others are opting for a simpler analysis involving adjectives such as "dumb," "ugly," and yes, even "fugly."
Care to see just how offended some of the tech-following masses find this device's design? Here, in no particular order, are just a handful of tweets that made us laugh, including a couple by our very own CNET techsperts. Of course, Nintendo's likely to have the last laugh, selling a ton of these devices in the months to come.
1. Putting it in global perspective
Let's send Ben Affleck in a Batman costume and the Nintendo 2DS to Syria so they can get a sense of what real problems look like.— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) August 28, 2013
2. Easy to use (says a parody account for the president and CEO of Sony)
The Nintendo 2DS is perfect for people who found both opening the 3DS and turning off the 3D too difficult— CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) August 28, 2013
3. Plus, it causes existential angst
goddamnit, I'm buying a 2DS. I hate everything, including myself.— Chris Ziegler (@zpower) August 28, 2013
4. The perfect ad
"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
5. Another explanation
WHAT? Nintendo announces 2DS? http://t.co/tvfi6t7f4N What if Nintendo is just embarrassed to admit they have a typo in their press release?— Anthony Padilla (@smoshanthony) August 28, 2013
6. Hammering the point home
The Internet is doing the Lord's work this morning. pic.twitter.com/LUaTdbuHpy— Inside Gaming (@InsideGaming) August 28, 2013
7. Strong gut reaction
Try not to barf at the Nintendo 2DS that will hit Oct. 12 in red or blue for $130 pic.twitter.com/Ee2t6I6jT2— Jeff Bakalar (@jeffbakalar) August 28, 2013
8. A console for kids -- and lovers
Nintendo: Where is this happening?! pic.twitter.com/8DSvERrWGY— Josh Lowensohn (@Josh) August 28, 2013
9. It multitasks!
Nintendo releases coal-powered typewriter that plays Drug War http://t.co/4KcMQRW47M— joemfbrown (@joemfbrown) August 28, 2013
10. Wait, wasn't April a few months ago?