Nintendo Introduces New 2DS XL Model – Arriving This Summer (VIDEO)
Nintendo has been on a surge recently with the success of the Switch. To keep that train rolling, the company has announced the new 2DS XL handheld console, which “gives you the power of the New Nintendo 3DS XL system in a streamlined, affordable package – and plays a huge library of games in 2D.” Much like the popular 2DS, the XL model will play 3DS titles, just not in 3D. What is noticeably different about the upcoming handheld, compared to the previous iteration, is the clamshell design. Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime stated in a press release:
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.”
The Nintendo 2DS XL will be released on July 28, and it will come with a $149.99 price tag. When it launches in the west, the handheld console will only be available in a blue/black color scheme. If readers find the lack of options disturbing, they may not want to read the next sentence. Japan will also be receiving an orange/white creamsicle color scheme. While the west probably won’t see that pattern, more options could always show up in the future. At least, that is always the hope.
Speaking of the future, the 2DS XL will come equipped with NFC technology, which means Amiibo functionality will be good to go. The new console features the C-stick, which didn’t make it to the 2DS, and also boasts a faster processor than its predecessor, resulting in shorter loading times. The top screen, while the same size of the 3DS XL’s, will not offer the same resolution because of the lack of 3D. Also, just in case anyone was worried, the 2DS XL will come with an AC adapter. Check out the upcoming handheld console in action below:
While the US will have to wait until July 28 for the new handheld, Australia and New Zealand will be receiving it on June 15 for 200 AUD, which converts to roughly 75 cents cheaper than the US release. With everything that Nintendo has already released this year, and all that is to come, we only have one question: Can it be summer yet?
What say the gamers of the world? Excited to get your hands on the 2DS XL? Does 3D not appeal to you, or are you among the small percentage of people, including yours truly, who can’t properly see 3D? Drop those thoughts in the comments section below. As always, be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7. If it is more reading that you’re needing, check out the following:
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