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Nintendo 2DS is a two-year-old joke

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Nintendo didn’t exactly set the world on fire with Wednesday’s reveal of the 2DS, a modified version of their successful 3DS handheld. Gamers were largely unimpressed with its odd, non-folding design and its removal of the glasses-free 3D technology that Nintendo pushed so hard with the 3DS in the first place. Then there’s the name, which just doesn’t make a ton of sense. Is this thing a joke?

Yes, actually. Or at least it was a joke back in 2011, when Dave Murnan of RF Generation donated to the world what would turn out to be an eerily prescient April Fool’s gag.

“Folks, be ready to be amazed,” he posted. “Not shortly after Nintendo released the Nintendo 3DS, they have dropped another bombshell. It's soon to be the age of the Nintendo 2DS."

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Ouch.

Murnan’s graphic of two original Game Boy screens slapped on top of one another might look ridiculous, but it’s not that far off from the actual design of the 2DS. Throw an analog stick and a few more buttons on this thing and it pretty much nails it.

“Face it, 3D was so 2010," he continued. “You know that, I know that, and certainly Nintendo knows that. That's why we have been graced by this announcement. The Nintendo 2DS offers to provide the best that a 2D Dot Matrix can provide. While details are scarse [sic], we are aware that New Old Super Mario Bros has been announced, and as a Mario fan, I am completely excited. More on this development as it arises. For now, rejoice at the news that 2D gaming is making a triumphant return to handheld gaming!”

Nintendo has tried to make it clear that this device is targeting very young kids -- not older gamers -- but that hasn't stopped people from giving the 2DS a few not-so-flattering nicknames, including The Wedge and The Doorstop. Our favorite so far? The Axe.

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