Nintendo has been on top of the handheld gaming console industry for some time now. A few decades ago it launched the first ever Gameboy, and never looked back. With later handheld consoles, like the Nintendo DS and 3DS, it cemented its name into this part of the gaming industry, not to mention the home consoles like the N64, GameCube, NES, SNES, and Wii. Now, on 27th April 2017, Nintendo announced their latest addition to their family of handheld consoles, the Nintendo 2DS XL.
It does take some features from its older cousin, the 3DS, in fact, is a hardware revision of it. These include the C-stick, Amiibo-compatible NFC reader, and more processing power.
But as the name suggests, the display’s 3D functionality has been removed. The design of the 2DS XL follows the traditional DS clamshell concept, ditching the wedge style of the 2DS. The screen is the same size as that of the 3DS XL, however, the 2DS XL does appear to smaller than its older cousin.
The loss of 3D functionality aside, this is a very good 3DS rendition. The new handheld will be released on the 13th of July 2017 in Japan for 14,980 Yen and on the 28th of July 2017 in the US for $149.99. This will be $50 less than the new 3DS XL and $70 more than the 2DS.
Games for Nintendo 2DS XL
On the day of the release of the 2DS XL, Nintendo will also release the games Hey Pikmin! and Miitopia for it. the Nintendo 3DS has yet to run out of the smoke, as proven through new derivatives of it and through the sales of last year. In an earnings report, Nintendo stated that the 3DS sold 7 million units in the last fiscal year and it expects to sell 6 million more units of the portable system this year