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!

Brandon Orselli


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