5.02.2017

Nintendo Announces 2DS XL

New $149 2DS adds C-Stick, clamshell design

Credit: Nintendo

Nintendo has just announced yet another 3DS console, the 2DS XL. Many worry that the Switch’s portability will make the 3DS unnecessary, but Nintendo fully intends to support both consoles. At the very least, Nintendo America President Reggie Fils-Aime has stated that 3DS support will continue through 2018.

The new 2DS XL will feature extra large screens, a c-stick, and amiibo functionality. It will also carry the faster processing power of the newer 3DS units, and support for 3DS’ full library. It will be built in a clam-shell style, making the device more portable despite the increased screen size. As with the older 2DS, 3D functionality will not be present, contributing to the relatively low $149.99 price tag. 

“Many worry that the Switch’s portability will make the 3DS unnecessary, but Nintendo fully intends to support both consoles.”

There are still a few major 3DS titles set to release this year including Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Hey! Pikmin, and Monster Hunter Stories. Nintendo is also planning to announce new games for the system both during and after E3 this Summer.

The original $99 2DS sold fairly well, despite its rigid, less portable body and inability to play “New 3DS” titles. Nintendo seems to have fixed both complaints while making the 2DS XL. Nintendo’s new handheld is scheduled for a U.S release on July 28.