Nintendo announced last night that it will be releasing a new version of the New 3DS, the New Nintendo 2DS XL, on July 28th. It is set to cost $149.99 and its primary difference from the New 3DS XL is simply that it does not feature the option of playing games in stereoscopic 3D.
The design of the New 2DS XL is a fairly large departure from the previous 2DS model. You may recall that one of the defining features of the 2DS was the sturdier frame due to the fact that it did not fold like its predecessor the 3DS. The New 2DS XL will instead fold in a similar manner to the 3DS, while offering a far simpler look.
Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime had the following to say about the announcement.
“This new addition to Nintendo’s portable hardware line demonstrates our commitment to the hand-held market. New Nintendo 2DS XL sports a beautiful clamshell design and offers a great balance between price and performance.”
Additionally, two games are set to be released on the same day as the New 2DS XL: Hey! Pikmin and Miitopia. They are described as follows.
“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 the Miitomo or Tomodachi Life games, 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.”
You can read more about the New 2DS XL on the official website.
Introducing the New Nintendo 2DS XL – coming out July 28 at a suggested retail price of $149.99! pic.twitter.com/T3UR5fAJ7O
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