Nintendo has announced a new version of the 2DS, which itself is a version of the 3DS family that lacks the 3D feature. The new version is called the New Nintendo 2DS XL, and is set to launch on July 28th and costs $149.99. The aim of the system seems to be to provide a higher-end version of the original 2DS, while keeping well below the price of the New Nintendo 3DS XL.
As for the specs, the system will have a screen size that is the same as the New Nintendo 3DS XL, but without that hardware’s ability to display 3D. It still packs the same power as the more powerful model, but will also be lighter and features built-in NFC support. It will also be able to play the entire 3DS and DS library of games, including games that were previously only playable on the New 3DS like Xenoblade Chronicles 3D.
Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime, said that “This new addition to Nintendo’s portable hardware line demonstrates our commitment to the hand-held market. New Nintendo 2DS XL sports a beautiful clamshell design and offers a great balance between price and performance.”
Introducing New Nintendo 2DS XL
One thing for certain here is that it is a major step up from the regular 2DS, especially from a design standpoint. The original model had a very cheap look and did not fold as all other 3DS systems did, making it look like it was a cheap third-party knockoff. However, the New Nintendo 2DS XL thankfully goes back to the console family’s traditional setup, and the new color scheme looks great.
While Nintendo did fix the 3D problems that the handheld originally had by releasing the New Nintendo 3DS, those who don’t care about 3D at all are better off just buying the New Nintendo 2DS XL now. They’re getting all of power and compatibility of the higher-end model, but without the 3D that is inessential to many anyway. The price tag of $149.99 seems like a good deal, and we’ll see how it’s received when it launches this July.