**We received complimentary gaming systems from Nintendo to try out and write this post.**
I remember when my brother got his first portable gaming system.
It was sometime in the early 90s and it was a Gameboy –the gray, boxy edition with the black and white screen.
My parents, never early technology adopters, bought it for his birthday a couple of years after the original was released in 1989 and he took it everywhere.
As a video game lover from basically birth, obviously he was in love. But, for me, as someone who never cared much about that sort of thing, I thought it was super cool too.
So, because he was downright horrible at sharing, a few months later my parents also splurged on one for me.
I only played two games: Super Mario and Tetris. I was addicted to that game and I remember playing Tetris with him in the car when my parents got us the game link cable so we could hook our machines together.
So 90s cool.
Years later, mom to my own three children who are sketchy about sharing, and we were just gifted three of the seriously cool Nintendo 2DSXL systems to enjoy.
With way more advanced features than that old school Gameboy, the Nintendo 2DSXL is a super fun portable gaming system that can be played anywhere and, with more than one system in the house, all of my Dudes can enjoy it at once and sometimes even together when they link up.
If you’re thinking about snagging a Ninetendo 2DSXL or two for the kids in your family, here are some things to know about the new system.
The New Nintendo 2DSXL: 7 Things to Know Before You Buy
The games are compatible across the systems.
So if you already have a 3DS and you’re looking to upgrade, you can hang on to all of the games because you can still use them on your new Nintendo 2DSXL system!
They come in cool colors and have bigger screens.
They even have a new design with a cool Pokemom skin, and even the standard ones are brightly colored and super cool.
To each other and the Internet.
That means they use wi-fi and you can play games with your friends right on your system. You can also engage with your favorite websites –YouTube, Hulu, even Netflix can be viewed right on your DS screen.
You can also play with your friends online and engage with them in the Mii Plaza area.
But don’t worry, because it’s safe.
With built in parental controls, you can have control over the content your kids are seeing. And, the awesome thing about them is they are easy to set-up. There’s no fumbling around in the settings trying to figure it out, in fact, the parental control menus come up during the initial set-up of your device making it easy to install them from the beginning.
There are some great games in the line up.
Personal fave is Super Mario Bros 2 because it takes me back to my young gaming days, but there are tons of titles your kids will probably really dig. Dude 3 is loving Super Smash Bros. and Dude 1 is all over Zelda.
It comes with a bunch of included software so you can start playing immediately.
And, you can log into the Nintendo eStore and download more games right to your device.
They are more affordable than many of the devices on the market.
Yet they provide access to so much. For a little under $150, you can have what amounts to a mini entertainment system for your kids.