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.
Yes, New 2DS XL comes with an ac adapter. And 4GB microSDHC card included pic.twitter.com/6wsnlRrmty— Wario64 (@Wario64) April 28, 2017
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.