With the recent release of the Nintendo Switch, NES Classic Edition and recently announced SNES Classic Edition it feels like Nintendo is releasing a new console every few months. Chalk one more up as Nintendo has now revealed that the 2DS XL is on its way. Technically not a new console, the 2DS XL will have all of the improved functionality that was included in the 3DS XL with one major omission. Like the original 2DS, the XL version will not support the stereoscopic 3D option first included in the 3DS. In other words, like its name suggests, all gaming content on the handheld will cover only two of the dimensions.
The 2DS XL will include the secondary C-pad, integrated NFC-support for amiibo cards and figures and more processing horsepower under the hood as including in the 3D XL’s functionality. The 2DS XL has an expected release date of July 28th. That date just so happens to coincide with the release of several titles for Nintendo’s handheld platforms. The 28th of July will also see the release of Nintendo titles Hey! Pikmin, Miitopia for the 3D XL and 2D XL and Dr. Kawashima’s Devilish Brain Training: Can you stay focused? for the Switch.
The new 2DS XL will come in a black/turquoise or white/orange dependent on the geographic location of sale. It also comes in the same clamshell design as the 3DS and 3DS XL unlike the 2DS. The fact that the 2DS did not fold was a point of contention with many Nintendo fans. The suggested retails price for the 2DS XL is $149.
“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.”