You probably can’t be a Nintendo fan if you don’t like surprises. In a move nobody could have seen coming, Nintendo announced yet another iteration of their successful handheld Nintendo 3DS yesterday.The New Nintendo 2DS XL combines everything you love about the New Nintendo 3DS XL (these names are ridiculous) with all the great features of a Nintendo 2DS.It launches on July 28 alongside Hey! Pikmin at an impressively inexpensive price of just $150. Here’s what’s packed in with that sweet baby deal:
- A more compact foldable clamshell design. The original 2DS had open facing screens like an iPad.
- Significantly bigger screens than the standard 2DS.
- A C-stick, which acts like an analog stick for games like Smash Bros. and Xenoblade Chronicles.
- Built-in Amiibo functionality. Previously, you would have had to attach a dongle to the system.
- Better processing power which allows you to play a few select games that don’t work on the standard model.
- Presumably a better battery life.
The New Nintendo 2DS XL marks the sixth iteration of the original Nintendo 3DS system which first released in 2011. I’ve personally owned 3, maybe 4, of those iterations. While scoffers, including myself, may look at this as an unnecessary enhancement to the system, all those features coupled with that amazing price may just be what entices consumers, who have been on the fence, to dive in. With hundreds of must-play games already on the system and a few more on the horizon, you can’t really go wrong.
The message is clear. The Nintendo 3DS family is still going strong and Nintendo isn’t looking to pull support anytime soon. The same can’t be said for their home console, Wii U, which has all but been abandoned even though it first hit store shelves almost two years after the 3DS. While both Wii U and 3DS have some truly memorable and unique experiences, at $150 a pop, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal.