The new Nintendo 2DS XL was recently announced by Nintendo for $149.99. The new pocket-sized handheld will arrive later this year during the summer on July 28th in North America as well as in Europe.
The news about the device was accompanied by a near two-minute long trailer featuring a brief overview of the Nintendo 2DS XL features, including the iPhone-inspired dual-screen, built-in Amiibo support with near-field communication, an enhanced pressure sensitive C-stick, improved trigger-oriented ZL and ZR buttons, and a compact design that makes it easy to stash the 2DS XL away in a back or side pocket.
The remainder of the trailer talks about a “fast processor” and shows a bunch of people having fun and smiling while playing with their new 2DS XL out and about.
It’s a really odd decision from Nintendo to introduce the 2DS XL for 3DS games when the Nintendo Switch just came out.
More than anything it would seem like they should be focusing on putting out more content for the Switch, pumping out more peripherals and developing more software for it. Adding another 2DS/3DS variant to the marketplace just seems… odd. Especially given that this seems like it’s nearing the end of the 3DS’ life-cycle, so adding yet another variant just seems wasteful.
Anyway, Nintendo definitely knows their own market far better than armchair analysts, and they’ve proven time and time again that they can make stuff that seems like crap that people will buy in droves. So who am I to judge?
They didn’t mention any new games accompanying the device, but they’ll likely announce some additional titles at E3 this year as they make the stop in Los Angeles ahead of the new system’s launch at the end of July.
You can learn more about the new handheld by paying a visit to Nintendo’s official website.