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New 2DS XL Announced, Launch Set for July 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lxNHhgMuTg

Nintendo has announced the 2DS XL, a new handheld.

The new non-3D piece of kit will launch on July 13th in Japan and July 28th in North America – we’re waiting on a European release date. The handheld will cost $149.99. Featured above, you can view a new announcement trailer for the handheld.

The console will launch alongside both Hey! Pikmin and Miitopia in the west.

You’ll be able to get the system in black / turquoise color in North America and Japan, with a white / orange color in Japan. The console uses the same XL screen as the Nintendo 3DS XL, however it has the same upgraded hardware and built-in NFC support for Amiibo cards and figures.


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48 comments
  1. Ben Kuyt
    Ben Kuyt
    April 27, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    As someone with an original 2DS, I figured this would have happened eventually. I just kind of wish they didn’t use the clamshell design, because the shoulder buttons on the 2DS are amazing because of the wedge shape. So thick, your fingers don’t hurt when you use them.

  2. evoke
    evoke
    April 27, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    >folding 2ds
    yay

    >$150 price tag
    y– nooo

  3. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    April 27, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    They can barely make switches WTF IS THIS

  4. Asuka
    Asuka
    April 27, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Everybody wants a Classic NES and a Switch. Nintendo gives us this. Sure.

  5. UnpluggedBeta
    UnpluggedBeta
    April 27, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    why does the 3ds even exist at this point. I don’t understand their strategy at all.

  6. evoke
    evoke
    April 27, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    just think of all the confused parents and grandparents who attempt to buy one of these for their kids.

  7. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    TheOnceAndFutureKing
    April 27, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    “Faster processing power”

    So I guess this is essentially their next handheld?

  8. OldPalpy
    OldPalpy
    April 27, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Probably means the same faster chip from the New 3DS.

  9. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    April 27, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    The system that started the terrible trend of mid generational upgrades is putting out yet another version.

  10. Matz
    Matz
    April 28, 2017 at 12:09 am

    It’s like asking why the PS3 is still around with some games being released

  11. Matz
    Matz
    April 28, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Might get this new model, my Vanilla 3DS it’s in its final days

  12. Loli de 42 Anos
    Loli de 42 Anos
    April 28, 2017 at 12:30 am

    I don

  13. VLOCKUP
    VLOCKUP
    April 28, 2017 at 12:40 am

    I know right? This should have come first before 3DS lol

  14. VLOCKUP
    VLOCKUP
    April 28, 2017 at 12:41 am

    Dude, this should have come before 3DS lol

  15. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    April 28, 2017 at 1:48 am

    It was only a matter of time.

  16. RichardGristle
    RichardGristle
    April 28, 2017 at 1:50 am

    lol isn’t this like the 7th iteration of 2DS/3DS?

  17. braneman
    braneman
    April 28, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Pokemon.

  18. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    April 28, 2017 at 1:58 am

    It’s $50 less than a New 3DS XL though, with the lack of 3D being the only difference, it wouldn’t make sense for it to be like $120. I would like the entire 3DS library to get a price drop now that the hardware is getting on in age but that’s not likely with it still selling well enough.

  19. James Hewitson
    James Hewitson
    April 28, 2017 at 2:00 am

    7 years later and still that horrible 240p screen, WTF Nintendo?

  20. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    April 28, 2017 at 2:00 am

    I think he was referring more to the models with 3D support, which is underutilised and more expensive, not the 3DS in general.

  21. Squirrel on crack cocaine.
    Squirrel on crack cocaine.
    April 28, 2017 at 3:57 am

    I’m sure this is what everyone was crying out for…”Nes classics, sod that noise we’ve got a new 2Ds to sell!”

  22. Taiga Gao
    Taiga Gao
    April 28, 2017 at 4:21 am

    It makes extremely fucking sense for it to be 100$ max seeing how the specs behind it are more than a decade old at this point (freaking PSP, which came out in 2005 had better specs for Christ’s sake).

    This is why a monopoly is bad for consumers.

  23. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    April 28, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Yes, I’m agreeing with you but Nintendo has no excuse to charge less now that their only real competition is themselves with the Switch.

  24. catazxy
    catazxy
    April 28, 2017 at 5:39 am

    I just think that nintendo’s higher ups are blind old farts

  25. catazxy
    catazxy
    April 28, 2017 at 5:41 am

    At least it doesn’t looks like total shit, the design is clearly inspired by phones

  26. Bettykpeterson
    Bettykpeterson
    April 28, 2017 at 7:36 am

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    Sandrapyates
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  28. le master trole
    le master trole
    April 28, 2017 at 8:12 am

    it just werks

  29. Ramza Beoulve
    Ramza Beoulve
    April 28, 2017 at 9:08 am

    wow they managed to make the 2ds even worse! the only good thing about the 2ds was that it didnt fold like a clam.

  30. Ramza Beoulve
    Ramza Beoulve
    April 28, 2017 at 9:13 am

    the fact the 2d didnt fold was actually a good thing. hinges get bad over time. with no folding hinges that wont ever be a problem.

  31. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    April 28, 2017 at 9:42 am

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  32. Jonbo298
    Jonbo298
    April 28, 2017 at 11:47 am

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  33. ProxyDoug
    ProxyDoug
    April 28, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I honestly can’t take the original seriously.

  34. Jonbo298
    Jonbo298
    April 28, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Sony tried but they couldn’t get over their own monopolistic mindset with proprietary memory cards.

  35. Personaknight
    Personaknight
    April 28, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I miss when portable gaming didn’t try to imitate consoles with graphics, peripherals, apps, internet, cameras, motion control, media players, and so on. I just thought they were supposed to be cheap gaming device you bought to get a gaming experience of playing games portably. Then again we are far from Gameboy era…

  36. Personaknight
    Personaknight
    April 28, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Reminded me the Gameboy in that sense. Just made the question “Why do I have two screens?” more glaring. Oh right double the price.

  37. Personaknight
    Personaknight
    April 28, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    This is what happens when portable gaming becomes over inflated. As for comfortable shoulder buttons I don’t see how that can happen when you have to have two sets of shoulder buttons.

  38. Personaknight
    Personaknight
    April 28, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Kids don’t know what your talking about and that’s all that matters. Atleast the ones young enough to not understand what your talking about.

  39. Christmas__Lights
    Christmas__Lights
    April 28, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    OVER 20LBS OF PUSSY AND ASS!

  40. larverto365
    larverto365
    April 28, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I can see myself getting one of these, especially as someone who has the original 2DS.

  41. Zombie_Barioth
    Zombie_Barioth
    April 29, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Because people freaked out over 3D being bad for your eyes, primarily with young kids, and they wanted something that could be peopled’ first handheld much like the Gameboy. Remember people buying the original for $80 with Tetris packed in, how big of a phenomenon it was?

    The 2DS was always just the budget model, but now that the Switch is out they’ll probably phase out the original. Its too expensive compared to the new system to be a budget/end of life buy.

  42. UnpluggedBeta
    UnpluggedBeta
    April 29, 2017 at 2:15 am

    Yeah, you would think they would just port these games to switch at this point. Half price for a brand new console isn’t as valuable as a full blown console that plays more.

  43. Lime2K
    Lime2K
    April 29, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Will this one at least come with a fucking charger? And Nintendo needs to NOT PUT THE WORD ‘NEW’ IN THEIR PRODUCT TITLES ANYMORE FOR FUCK’S SAKE. Seriously.

  44. OSad
    OSad
    April 29, 2017 at 9:44 am

    This isn’t like, a terrible idea, I keep the 3D off for most of my play sessions on the 3DS. Usually you can’t really use that shit properly on public transportation anyway, and it destroys your battery life and your vision if you look at it funny. The clamshell design is honestly pretty nice for protecting the screens if you’re shoving this thing in your pack or your pocket to carry it around.

    But seriously, stop re-releasing your six year old handheld and throw your full weight behind the Switch already. If all these things have going for them is a second screen, that’s not enough to justify two very similar products competing with each other on the same field.

    A 2DS should’ve launched alongside the original 3DS as a cheaper option for soccer moms worried about their kid’s vision and/or people who wouldn’t mind not having the 3D in the first place.

  45. evoke
    evoke
    April 29, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    2DS all grown up