What Comes Inside the Nintendo 2DS Box?

A Nintendo 2DS.

Nintendo, inc.

The Nintendo 2DS is a specialized incarnation of the Nintendo 3DS. Though its name may indicate otherwise, it doesn't play a separate library of games. Instead, it plays all of the Nintendo 3DS's games, including games bought at retail and games downloaded from the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

However, it does so without offering the option for 3D visuals. In fact, there's no 3D slider at the side of the system, unlike the Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL. If you have problems with 3D projections or are worried about the effects of 3D on you or your youngster's eyes, the 2DS might prove to be an excellent option for you!

The Nintendo 2DS is also cheaper than the Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL and boasts a tablet-style design instead of the 3DS's traditional clamshell design.

Here's What Comes in the Nintendo 2DS Box:

  • The Nintendo 2DS system: Newsflash, you need the Nintendo 2DS if you want to play the Nintendo 2DS. If you live in North America, your color choices are red and black or blue and black. If you live in Europe, your options are blue and black or red and white.
  • A stylus: The Nintendo 2DS comes with a large, thick stylus that's much like the Nintendo 3DS Xl's default stylus. The stylus works as a sort of virtual "pen" to poke around on the 2DS's lower screen, though the system's tablet-like layout makes it easy to use a finger, too.
  • A 4 GB SDHC card: An SDHC card comes packed in with the system (literally; you'll find the card in the 2DS's SD card slot). The card holds 4 gigabytes of data, including game save data and games downloaded from the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
  • A Nintendo 3DS AC adapter: The Nintendo 2DS utilizes the 3DS's AC adapter, which charges the device's lithium-ion battery when it's plugged in. Unlike the 3DS, the Nintendo 2DS does not come with a charging cradle.
  • AR Cards: As with the Nintendo 3DS, AR Cards (augmented reality cards) use the Nintendo 2DS's cameras to project fun images and simple games onto a flat surface in your home.
  • No subscription to Nintendo Power magazine: Alas, the magazine is dead, so the decades-old tradition of hawking subscriptions with every new Nintendo system is dead, too.

Nintendo also offers an optional carrying case for the Nintendo 2DS. This soft, zippered case isn't a bad idea for anyone who likes to carry their portables in bags, knapsacks, and other environments that contain pens, keys, and other sharp objects that might scuff up those handsome screens.

How to Get Other Accessories for Your 2DS

The Nintendo Store would be a good place to look for new, authentic accessories or replacement parts for your Nintendo 2DS except that they don't sell everything from their website.

For example, if you need a replacement AC adapter for your 2DS/3DS, you can get one from the Nintendo Store. However, other things like a car charger, are sold elsewhere. On Nintendo's website, under each item, you can see where you can buy them if not from Nintendo's own website.

Amazon, Target, and Sears are a few places to get a lot of 2DS parts like headsets and cases, but if you're looking for something used, eBay might be your best option. Just remember that buying used parts might mean that they're not in very good condition.