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.
If you are a fan of handheld gaming then you’ve spent more than a couple of hours with your fingers wrapped around the Nintendo DS. The Nintendo DS is one of the greatest handheld gaming consoles in the world and, of course, it was the team at NES behind it all. Now the Nintendo DS is getting a big old upgrade in the form of the Nintendo 2DS XL. If you are a fan of 2D gaming, like the savage that you are, then this announcement can only be met with a resounding cheer. 2D gaming is still where w want to spend our time at and any upgrade to 2DS technology is a huge welcome.
Nintendo is and has always been a handheld gaming company first and foremost, at least if you were born in the early ’90s. The Gameboy may have gotten us all started but the guys and girls developing at Netflix haven’t slowed down in the slightest bit. Now Nintendo is focusing on their 2DS XL which offers size, efficiency, and a sleek design in an affordable package. Reggie Fils-Aime, the Nintendo of America President, put his thoughts into a succinct statement regarding the new launch, “The new Nintendo 2DS XL sports a beautiful clamshell design and offers a great balance between prize and performance.”
If you have refrained from jumping into the handheld market until now, which would be absolutely shocking, this might be the perfect time to strike. While there is no price point attached to the Nintendo 2DS XL, we expect it to be relatively competitive — especially thanks to the fact hat the Nintendo Switch is getting such a huge push right now. The newest Nintendo 2DS XL will be released in conjunction with two brand new games to the handheld Nintendo family: ‘Hey! PIKMIN’ and ‘Mitopia’. Of course, these new games won’t be the only reason you need to jump on board.
No matter where you stand on the console race, you have to admire Nintendo’s focus on improving their older hardware. There used to be a time when consoles would get their release and then get used until they were done. The fact that Nintendo is holding tight to a non-3D option of their famous 3DS is great, and what we respect most about them.