Nintendo Unveils 2DS XL for July

By Adam Riley 28.04.2017 6

Nintendo Unveils 2DS XL for July on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

The Nintendo 3DS family of systems will soon be adding a new member. On 28th July, New Nintendo 2DS XL makes its debut in Europe, giving consumers a new choice that fits between the Nintendo 2DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL systems. New Nintendo 2DS XL will launch on the same day as three big new games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems: Hey! PIKMIN, Miitopia and Dr Kawashima's Devilish Brain Training: Can you stay focused?

A closer look at New Nintendo 2DS XL can be found in the New Nintendo 2DS XL - Announcement Trailer:

The new, clamshell-design system will be available in a stylish black/turquoise colour, as well as in white/orange, and will use the same size large screen found on New Nintendo 3DS XL systems. As the name of the new system implies, visuals will be displayed in 2D only. The system is lighter but still packs the same power as New Nintendo 3DS XL, and has built-in NFC support for amiibo cards and figures. It can play the massive library of quality Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games in 2D. Nintendo systems are also the only dedicated video game systems where people can find their favourite characters and game franchises, such as Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Kirby, Pokémon, Fire Emblem, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., Animal Crossing and The Legend of Zelda.

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There are over a thousand games in the Nintendo 3DS game library and more are always on the way, including three that launch on the same day as New Nintendo 2DS XL. These new games will offer fun new experiences for New Nintendo 2DS XL owners, and for owners of any Nintendo 3DS family systems.

· Hey! PIKMIN: In this brand-new style of Pikmin game, players guide Captain Olimar through 2D side-scrolling levels and collect Sparklium to refuel his crashed ship, the S.S. Dolphin 2, so he can escape the planet. The touch-screen controls let players choose the right Pikmin to toss at enemies and objects, which is critical to defeating foes and solving the many puzzles Olimar encounters during his adventure.

· Miitopia: Band together with your Mii and Mii friends to explore your own personalized world of Miitopia. Cast Mii characters into various roles and watch hilarious scenes unfold as they work together to defeat the Dark Lord who has stolen the faces of townspeople of Miitopia. Players can bring in their created Mii characters from Miitomo or Tomodachi Life, or create their own Mii team in the game. This game has a lighthearted tone with traditional and strategic RPG-like elements, including customization, relationship building and team management.

· Dr Kawashima's Devilish Brain Training: Can you stay focused?: The third entry in a series which has sold more than 15 million copies in Europe to date, this game seeks to train players' brains with a series of challenging concentration-based exercises.

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I must say, that's a rather sexy design. I like that the top screen takes pretty much the whole surface of it. Looks almost like a smartphone to me although I'm not a fan of the choice of colours.

Depending on pricing (and I'm going to assume that this is going to be the cheapest model on the market) this is something I might consider buying to replace my aging OG system, which I find myself having trouble playing sometimes with the screen being so small. And I barely ever play in 3D anyway, other than to check out how it renders in stereoscopic 3D on the games I review.

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Yeah, the colours make it look like a Fisher Price toy. Japan's getting a nice Dragon Quest design, so hopefully some sleeker ones come over.

Any word on pricing?

( Edited 28.04.2017 16:57 by Azuardo )

I think the colours are pretty funky and will appeal to the market it's dedicated to - the young'uns that can't afford a Switch (or parents don't trust them with a Switch!). Nintendo sells the 2DS with a pre-installed game for £80, so I'll hazard a guess at £100 on its own.

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Nintendo sells the 2DS with a pre-installed game for £80, so I'll hazard a guess at £100 on its own.

I hope not. Or at least with a game preinstalled to ease the deal a little bit. It may be a brand new handheld, but it's also a very old piece of tech by now, that everyone who would have wanted one should already own at this point, with a library of games, so potential buyers are far more likely to be upgraders rather than new adopters, am I wrong? Personally I might consider one only for the fact that my older one is... well old at this point, the right speaker has been faulty for years, the rubber top part of the circle pad fell off long ago, and a lot of games by now use the C-stick for camera movements, which has grown increasingly annoying for me. And like I said, small screens are not for me anymore (I, like the system, must be getting old too :'( ). And to top things off, I have a decent backlog of DS and 3DS games still, that I don't want to leave on the shelf or on the SD card to rot for the next decade, I'd like to play them, but my older model isn't nearly as comfortable to older me as it was 6 years ago.

As for kids, I can't imagine them now wanting yet another 3DS model, surely those that wanted one already have one or the other at this point (one of my younger cousins has had two so far already, an OG 3DS and a 2DS, and she's kind of moved on from 3DS altogether now that she's old enough to have a smartphone of her own).

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Why...just why....

I love the 3DS family but its time to kill it, concentrate on the damn Switch!

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