Nintendo's $150 New 2DS XL arrives this July

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With Nintendo’s Switch console proving so successful that people are talking about it eventually outselling the Wii, you would imagine the company’s handheld ambitions are now focused solely on the hybrid device. But it seems the firm isn’t abandoning its older lineup of portables. This summer, the New 2DS XL arrives .

Nintendo has announced that the system will launch in the US on July 28 for $150. It writes that the device offers a third choice in its dedicated hand-held range, and will be positioned above the current 2DS, which is about $70 cheaper, and below the New 3DS XL that costs around $50 more.

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

The New 2DS XL, which will be available in a black/turquoise color, will use the same size screen as the New Nintendo 3DS XL, though, as the name suggests, the visuals will won’t be in 3D. It’s lighter than the more expensive system, but contains the same amount of power, comes with a 4 GB microSDHC card for extra storage, and has built-in NFC support for amiibo cards and figures.

The New 2DS XL launches on the same day as two of Nintendo’s big game releases for the 3DS family systems; both Hey Pikmin! and Miitopia are released on July 28.

Yesterday's earnings report revealed that in addition to Nintendo selling 2.74 million Switch units worldwide in the previous month alone, 3DS sales reached 7.27 million in the fiscal year ending March 31, bringing the total number of sold units to 66 million.

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Kibaruk

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They read my mind... I was torn between getting a new 3DS XL (I own a much cheaper 2DS) and the Switch for a bit more. 2DS XL come to papa, have to wait though...
 
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Jamlad

Are there even more than a handful of 3DS games worth getting? Two Zeldas, Monster Hunter, Mario Kart, Yoshii's Island, and ... ?

Seriously, I was considering getting one but I don't seem more than four or five games worth getting.
 

BlueDrake

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Are there even more than a handful of 3DS games worth getting? Two Zeldas, Monster Hunter, Mario Kart, Yoshii's Island, and ... ?

Seriously, I was considering getting one but I don't seem more than four or five games worth getting.
If this is supposed to be the same hardware as the New 3DS XL, minus the 3D effect which almost nobody really makes use of I would say yes. You have the VC and various indie games, ports and such to sift through. I can't list much off the top of my head, but it's a great device and in a reasonable price bracket.

I've been too busy to use my original 3DS XL, but this looks like a nice pickup for those who can do without the 3D effect.
 

Kibaruk

TechSpot Paladin
Are there even more than a handful of 3DS games worth getting? Two Zeldas, Monster Hunter, Mario Kart, Yoshii's Island, and ... ?
There are a bunch of games worth getting, depends on your taste. Playing smash bros on the go is awesome, I enjoy my platformer way too much, so all of them Mario games, Donkey Kong is awesome too. A lot, LOT of great quality jrpgs. I'm more on the casual side of games now so really enjoying Pokemon Picross, you can also play Pokemon (Any of the huge library of games), and they keep releasing new games. Like you said, Zelda's, besides the 3DS exclusives you have 5 in total made for it, plus you can get a whole more from the Virtual Console. And talking about Virtual Console you just opened a huge world of great games that are not expensive and you can play on the go.

So... yeah, it's a great console.
 

amghwk

TS Guru
I like my New3DSXL. I enjoy the 3D in the games that support it. And it can be turned off whenever required, making it a New2DSXL...

2-in-1 :)
 

Kibaruk

TechSpot Paladin
I like my New3DSXL. I enjoy the 3D in the games that support it. And it can be turned off whenever required, making it a New2DSXL...

2-in-1 :)
Just more expensive, with a lot of people not caring about the 3D capability.
 

Bryan1223

TS Member
I don't see why the New 2DS XL doesn't come in a variety of colors &/or designs like the original 3DS, original 3DS XL, NEW 3DS, and NEW 3DS XL does, like for example the red/black color, or the special edition Pikachu (NEW/original)3DS XL and I also wish they'd make it so you could customize your NEW 2DS/XL or NEW 3DS/XL like maybe put your favorite Pokémon or Nintendo character on it if you were to buy it Nintendo.com like for me I'd either put Growlithe or Bowser on mine if/when I want to buy a new 2DSXL, etc. kinda like how Converse.com or Motorola lets you customize what you want before you actually buy it.
 

Kibaruk

TechSpot Paladin
I don't see why the New 2DS XL doesn't come in a variety of colors &/or designs like the original 3DS, original 3DS XL, NEW 3DS, and NEW 3DS XL does, like for example the red/black color, or the special edition Pikachu (NEW/original)3DS XL and I also wish they'd make it so you could customize your NEW 2DS/XL or NEW 3DS/XL like maybe put your favorite Pokémon or Nintendo character on it if you were to buy it Nintendo.com like for me I'd either put Growlithe or Bowser on mine if/when I want to buy a new 2DSXL, etc. kinda like how Converse.com or Motorola lets you customize what you want before you actually buy it.
They literally just announced it, and it will start going on sale in almost 3 months from now, a lot can and will happen, if they are smart -and for the most part Nintendo has been- they will have a pre-order special edition.
 

Bryan1223

TS Member
They literally just announced it, and it will start going on sale in almost 3 months from now, a lot can and will happen, if they are smart -and for the most part Nintendo has been- they will have a pre-order special edition.
I didnt mean a "Pre-order" special edition, I meant a special edition that you dont have to wait and/or pay extra for, in other words when its officially released in-stores/online.
 

Bryan1223

TS Member
And where Nintendo placed the camera when you unfold it isnt a very good placement. You'd think Nintendo would have learned from doing that on the Nintendo DSi. and yes there is room for the camera to be placed on the top of the top screen just like the 3DS, etc.