Nintendo introduces a cheaper, sexier New 2DS XL

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Out of absolutely nowhere, Nintendo has announced yet another product in the 3DS family. Even though the hybrid mobile/handheld Switch is available, Nintendo has been quick to reassure that the 3DS is far from dead. We’re still getting a torrent of great games on the system this year – and likely many more in future.

The new handheld is called the New 2DS XL, and it is damned sexy. As its name suggests, it takes the aesthetic and features of the New 3DS XL, but removes the extra viewing dimension. It has the same increased processing speed, a built-in NFC reader for Amiibo support and the nipple C-stick.

It doesn’t importantly, look at all like the wedge of a 2DS – but is a little slimmer and sleeker than the 3DS XL. While it has increased CPU and GPU capabilities, there are very few games that actually make use of them.

If you don’t care about the 3D functionality then this is probably the best 3DS for you. It’ll be coming to the US on July 28 and will retail for $149.99, which is around $50 less than the 3DS XL. IT’s the same day that Hey Pikmin! Will be out for the system, which makes it a great purchase for Pikmin fans who want to get in on the cheap.

Nintendo has revealed that the 3DS sold 7 million units in the last fiscal year, so it’s still selling at a steady pace. The company expects to sell a further 6 million of the 3DS family of systems in the next year. With the cheaper, decidedly sexy 2DS in that range now, it’s a likely target.

Last Updated: April 28, 2017

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Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Button

    Should I get one?

    • If you like good games on the go? Absolutely.

      • Button

        I was at the 3ds launch in Fourways many moons ago. I liked the concept, but never wanted to push into it. The 2ds came out and it looked like grandma’s cookie with a disability. When I saw this and the color scheme, I started to get that itch that is gonna burn my pocket.

  • Original Heretic

    I’m always puzzled by inanimate objects being labelled as “sexy”.
    What is such a fetish called, when one lusts after an object?

    • objectophilia, which is a boring name but it works, I guess.

      • Original Heretic

        Ah, yes, makes sense.
        When your 2DS/Switch/TV/Toaster (hey, whatever floats your boat…) turns around and tearfully says “I’m just a sex object to you, aren’t I?!”, at first you must freak out that your inanimate object is speaking to you, then you agree with it, then you shoot it because it’s probably a Decepticon.

        Yeah, I’m already bored at work…

  • Gardos

    Maybe I’m just not the target market but would people buy both this and the Switch? Are they aiming at two totally different things? I’d just imagine that if I had the Switch, I wouldn’t spend money on this, which is why this announcement confuses me…

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Never owned a Nintendo device and was tempted for a handheld device.

    This does look very cool.
    I’d probably just play Mario Kart and Smash Bro’s.

  • Looks like I’ll get this one then, was going to get the 3DS XL for pokemon but hell $50 dollars cheaper alot to save

  • Kikmi

    It looks pretty fresh but I got annoyed holding the 3dsXL for its size, gave me hand cramps and shit. So I’m pretty wary of this and wonder whether itll be worth it to get rid of the 2ds to grab this for the extra power. But I just dont know. Guess I’ll have to maar wait and see whats the deal.

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