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Nintendo’s Newest Family Member: The New 2DS XL

Zane Decker May 12, 2017 May 12th, 2017

The New 2DS XL is the newest installment of hand-helds in the 3DS family from Nintendo. Anyone who has followed Nintendo since the Gameboy knows that Nintendo releases multiple editions of their handhelds, and the 3DS family is no exception. The New 2DS XL is the sixth rendition of the original 3DS, offering a more economic choice to Nintendo’s New 3DS XL.

What a Bargain!
The original 2DS is marketed at a MSRP of $79.99 and following in suit the New 2DS XL is priced at a low $149.99 MSRP. This is, of course, a cheaper alternative to the New 3DS XL which is priced at $199.99. Aptly named, the ‘2D’S does not offer the stereoscopic 3D display that the 3DS is known for.

The New 2DS XL compared to the previous 2DS model.

What Sets it Apart from the Original 2DS?
An improved processor and more RAM the New 2DS XL offers faster play and loading times for more intensive 3DS and New 3DS games. Enhanced performances will allow games like Super Smash Bros for 3DS or Xenoblade Chronicles to have a smoother game play. While being able to play both 3DS and New 3DS games, it still has support for the classic NDS cartridges. It will also be able to run the SNES Virtual Console that was only exclusive to New 3DS XL owners.

Garnished with a sleek clamshell design, integrated c-button controls, Amiibo support through NFC, ZL/ZR buttons, and of course the aforementioned improved functionality, the New 2DS XL offers a lot more bells and whistles over its previous model. This model in the 3DS family is a perfect buy someone who hasn’t yet ventured into Nintendo’s wildly successful 3DS market and would like a product that combines functionality and affordability in a neat little package.

When can I Purchase the (not so) Lil Dude?
If you’re someone like me, who purchased a 3DS way back in 2011, this is a good model to get if you’re looking for an upgrade. The original price of the New 3DS XL threw me off from upgrading when that came out, but $149.99 is a bit more agreeable to have an overall better gaming experience. The New 2DS XL is set to release in North American markets the 28th of July this year, just in time to get your summer on-the-go gaming on!