I've had my 2DS for a couple years now and I love it. Even though it doesn't have the clamshell closing like the rest of the DS family, it's very sturdy and I'm not afraid of scratching the screens. Have dropped it a few times on carpet and wood floors and it hasn't broken or anything. The clear red casing is really cool, you can see what's going on inside and it reminds me of a GBA. Only complaint is that the buttons are a bit floaty feeling, as in they don't "click" down as nicely as on a 3DS. They feel a bit cheap. But hey, you get what you pay for so that's to be expected. No 3D of course, but I'm actually thankful for that, because the 3D on the 3DS makes me feel sick. If you have a child under 7 years old, it'd probably better to have a 2DS, as watching too much 3D can hurt young childrens' eyes. Overall, I'd suggest this as a good gift for a young child as their first handheld, or for someone who doesn't want to buy a more expensive 3DS.