The ‘New Nintendo 2DS XL’: Nintendo’s Last Step for Handhelds?

With the everlasting demand of the Nintendo Switch, the 3DS line of products is slowly losing its role as the most popular and relevant portable Nintendo console. However, due to the still rampant supply issues with stores, the 3DS and 2DS systems are more accessible by overall amount in stores as well as price; as the original 2DS is merely a third of the cost of a Switch console alone.

This lead to Nintendo wanting to revamp the console line with a new design, which brings us to the New Nintendo 2DS XL. It is everything that a gamer, casual or hardcore, could want out of a console near the end of it’s mainstream lifespan. Except, it neglects the aspect that made the original 3DS systems: The actual 3D capabilities with games, photos and videos.

Overall the design is a bit more unique and appealing compared to other Nintendo handheld consoles, however differences are just noticeable enough that anyone that had a 3DS or a 2DS model before will need to make adjustments. These include, but not limited to a shorter stylus, the camera is now in the hinge (instead of being with the top screen) and the fact that the hinge actually sticks out once the console is closed. Along with this, the physical screens itself have yet to be updated along with technology.

In conclusion, if you care about 3D in gaming then this is not for you. On the other hand, if it is more style, functionality and overall need for a new console then maybe this is more for you. Especially if you are not exactly a fan of the 3D option.

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