Set to release this July, Nintendo has announced their new 2DS XL handheld gaming system, perfect for those who travel more than they spend glued to a TV. The new system shares the same screen as the 3DS XL, minus the 3D compatibility and a little bit of the weight.
It will launch with just a single color scheme, with a mashup of black and turquoise, although you can be there may be additional options in the future as themed special editions roll out as usual. The new design seems to have a bit of a peaceful feel to it, unlike the performance boiling inside, since it also shares the same performance capabilities as the 3DS XL (easily put, it is the 3DS XL, if it was a 2D-only system).
“The new Nintendo 2DS XL sports a beautiful clamshell design and offers a great balance between price and performance,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO.
The 2DS XL offers built-in support for products (cards and figures) using NFC (near-field communication) and also has parental controls that allow parents to customize their children’s access (sorry Jimmy, but it really is time for bed).
What really makes it nice, is the fact that they made sure it was backwards and forward compatible with the other games in the family of DS devices. You don’t typically find this in gaming systems from “other companies” (cough). They say it will work with over a thousand games, including games from the DS and 3Ds collections. All of which are only playable in 2D of course–which shouldn’t be an issue since the “3D” in the 3DS is horrible. This one is also much more affordable.
The new 2DS XL is set to launch July 28th (2017) for an MSRP of $149.99 (see?, much more affordable). Also, unlike the NES Classic system, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting your hands on one (at least, I assume they are less likely this round to learn towards such a sales gimmick).