If you thought that the Switch was the only portable gaming console that Nintendo had in the works for 2017, then you were sorely mistaken. The company just announced today that its brand new 2DS XL will debut in late July.
The 2DS XL is in many respects similar to the oddly named New 3DS XL. It features that console’s beefier processor, larger dual displays, C-stick, and NFC reader for Amiibo support. It also forgoes the original 2DS’ stationary, stacked screen form-factor for the clamshell design of the New 3DS XL — this is a big boon for portability over its predecessor.
However, as its name implies, the 2DS XL doesn’t include the 3D screen of the New 3DS XL, which to some people might not be so much of a disadvantage. The 3D effects on the 3DS XL and New 3DS XL have been known to cause ill side effects for some people, so having the same raw processing power and larger screens in a cheaper package is definitely appealing.
Speaking of pricing, the 2DS XL will debut at $149 compared to an MSRP of $199 for the New 3DS XL. The console will launch on July 28th in the United States for those that want a portable Nintendo gaming console, but don’t feel like paying twice the price for the Switch (or simply can’t find one in stock).
Nintendo is also announcing two new games in conjunction with the 2DS XL: the side-scrolling Hey! PIKMIN and the Mii-centric Miitopia. They both will also be available on July 28th.