Nintendo Explains Why New 2DS Was Made

When Nintendo seemingly put out a random hardware reveal on a Thursday night by way of the New 2DS, many fans were left scratching their heads. The company just launched their new premiere home console, the Nintendo Switch, this past March. The question: is why are they introducing new hardware now?

We’ve gotten somewhat of an explanation via Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, who notes the device is for consumers who want something “in between” the 2DS and the New 3DS XL.

“The Nintendo 2DS really focused on that entry level gamer,” Reggie said to Time. “The four-, five-, six-year old that is just getting into gaming, but wants to play Mario Kart, wants to have a Super Mario Bros. experience, wants to play Pokémon.”

And we feel with Nintendo 3DS XL at $199 that it’s a fully-featured product, that it is, if you will, the Cadillac of handheld gaming. And then we heard from consumers, ‘Boy, I wish there was something in between.’ That’s why the company decided to make the 2DS XL.

Do you own a regular 2DS, a New 3DS, or even a Nintendo Switch? How do you feel about the New 2DS? Sound off in the comments below!

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  • I’dve jumped on the N2DS XL had I not jumped on the N3DS XL. I had a 3DS before that and the main reason I jumped on that at the time was because of how much off it was because of Nintendo not being able to sell much of it back when it was struggling and backwards compatibility with the DS, which I had at the time and traded.

    The jump from the 3DS was pretty much because games had noticeable lag on them where they didn’t on the New 3DS XL (Pokemon, for starters, plays a LOT better on it). Had they had a 2DS XL, I would’ve much preferred that and saved some money. I don’t use the 3D mode at all, even though it’s vastly improved on the New 3DS, so it would’ve been nice to have for cheaper. Not to mention it still would have been a bigger screen than the 3DS I had, which helps.

    Although I will take the fact I grabbed a Zelda-themed 3DS as a nice paint job for it, if nothing else.

  • Just Some Guy

    I don’t have an n3DS, so I might get one of these. The design is pretty sleek.

  • Michael Anon

    If it’s cheap and plays the same games, I’ll buy one.

  • DrearierSpider

    I don’t get why so many people are butthurt over this model. It’s the same great handheld with a gimmicky feature cut out in exchange for a $50 price drop. I’ve already got a New 3DS, but I’d have easily grabbed this instead if it were available at the time.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    I think people perceive it as Nintendo having low confidence in the Switch

  • Bitterbear

    Oh?
    I thought they were pulling a PS VITA TV with this one and were trying to find a way to get rid of excess inventory.

  • Matz

    So now putting a new and cheaper revision of a previous console when the newest one is on the market a bad thing? Because Nintendo have been doing that since the NES. Nobody remember the NES 2, SNES 2 and Gameboy Micro? Heck, even Sony did it once with the PS One months after the PS2

    Also, since my 3DS is dying I might buy this new model, if I can find one before the scalpers do their job

  • Kiryu

    The 3DS the Cadillac of handhelds;lol ok.I knew they were smoking some weird stuff at Nintendo.

  • BaronKrause

    “The Nintendo 2DS really focused on that entry level gamer,” Reggie said to Time. “The four-, five-, six-year old that is just getting into gaming, but wants to play Mario Kart, wants to have a Super Mario Bros. experience, wants to play Pokémon.”

    Isn’t that what the 3DS was focused on?

  • Jumanji Joe

    “Nintendo explains why the 2ds xl was made”

    WE WANT MONEY

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Not as much as the 2DS.

  • combat

    The idea is to lower that first entry point. I assure you if I wanted to buy something for $150 or something for $200 it would’ve made a difference to my parents.

  • Ramza Beoulve

    the classic 2ds design will always be better because its not clamshell.

  • Forgotten One
  • OldPalpy

    With narratives like that I wonder how long before they try to memoryhole the GBA and original DS.

  • totenglocke

    The 3D on the New 3DS is mind blowing. Definitely worth the extra money.

  • I’m tempted to “upgrade” from my Old 3DS XL, but before that I must know, did they address the SD card slot issue that the “NEW 3DS XL” had with this new iteration?

  • RichardGristle

    Last handheld I owned was an SP, so I might pick one of these up on sale during this year’s Black Friday. I’m glad they cut the 3D feature – that technology is even gayer than Oculus (including for TVs and monitors).

  • AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
  • -blank-

    Too little, too late. I was happy with my 2DS, and was holding out for a New 2DS to come out (and let’s be real, a standard non-XL new 3DS, but that’s never gonna happen…).

    Now I have to make a choice between a Switch, a moderately more powerful 3DS with only like three exclusives, or paying my bills. Easy choice, Nintendo, better luck next time

  • DariusQ

    Personally I think this redesign is stupid, but as has been proven so many times before sometimes stupid sells.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    > NINTENDO EXPLAINS WHY NEW 2DS WAS MADE

    Money.

  • Tubsiwub

    I want to trade in my 2DS for the new one.

  • Casey

    See, and here I thought this was just another way that Nintendo decided to rub their lies in people’s faces. Not content with lying to people and saying they were going to focus solely on the switch so there will be plenty of games, they found that they could shit all over their fans by not only continuing to work on 3ds games, but also 3ds hardware.

    Well, fuck you too, Nintendo.

  • Casey

    Because that worked SO WELL with the Vita tv…

  • Bitterbear

    Well, who knows.

    IMNHO, it could have been great if it had storage support other than those insidious Vita memory cards.

  • Fenrir007

    “The four-, five-, six-year old that is just getting into gaming,”

    Sounds like Nintendo’s fanbase, alright!

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  • catazxy

    I heard it’s meh if you have reading glasses on.

  • malbhet

    “And then we heard from consumers, ‘Boy, I wish there was something in between.’ That’s why the company decided to make the 2DS XL.” I smell more PR BS! There isn’t a single human being on the face of the planet that asked for this shyte!
    Hey Nintendo, why haven’t you made a more powerful console that can compete with the ps4 pro and xbox scorpio then, because I’m pretty damn certain there were plenty of people asking for that for a while now!?
    I have nothing against the 3ds or the switch, I do have issues with the lies that they spew on why they are doing what they are doing, because they damn sure don’t listen or take any advice from the consumer, that’s for damn certain.

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    Damn, I miss Iwata. :(

  • totenglocke

    I wouldn’t know, I’m old, but still decades away from needing reading glasses. I do wear contacts and know multiple people with glasses for nearsightedness who have a New 3DS and we all love the improvements to the 3D.

  • Just Some Guy

    Is that so? One of the major turn offs for me was that turning 3D on drained the battery faster, but maybe I’ll look into how much better it is…

  • UnpluggedBeta

    Nintendo just confirmed: children shouldn’t play switch.