New Nintendo 2DS XL

Yes, you read that right. With the Switch selling quite well, Nintendo is still doubling down on it exclusively mobile offering. They have released a new model for their portable line: the New Nintendo 2DS XL.

3D Appears to No Longer Be a Thing

When originally announced the Nintendo 2DS was a cheaper, non-folding portable mainly aimed a children. With the waning want for the 3DS’ 3D gimmick, Nintendo appears to have ditched the feature altogether. The New Nintendo 2DS XL is essentially the New Nintendo 3DS, minus the 3D. And it looks quite lovely!

The system is rolling out at a cheaper price point of $149.99. It plays (almost) all titles within the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS library. So you’ve got quite the built in library if you don’t own one already. Here’s the announcement from Nintendo:

“‘This new addition to Nintendo’s portable hardware line demonstrates our commitment to the hand-held market,’ said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. ‘New Nintendo 2DS XL sports a beautiful clamshell design and offers a great balance between price and performance.’

The new system will be available in a stylish black/turquoise color, and will use the same size large screen found on New Nintendo 3DS XL systems. As the name of the new system implies, visuals will be displayed in 2D only. The system is lighter but still packs the same power as New Nintendo 3DS XL, and has built-in NFC support for amiibo cards and figures. It can play the massive library of quality Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games in 2D. Nintendo systems are also the only dedicated video game systems where people can find their favorite characters and game franchises, such as Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Kirby, Pokémon, Fire Emblem, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., Animal Crossing and The Legend of Zelda.”

Nintendo dropped a trailer today as well to show off the pretty new console. Take a peek at the fresh new hardware below.

Growing up a 90's kid, Jeff found his love for gaming during Nintendo's heyday. Because of that, you could call him a "Nintendo Fanboy" (albeit a rational one) to this day. Outside of his passion for the gaming industry, he’s also an avid sports enthusiast (New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies mainly) and enjoys quality/popular TV shows and movies.