Nintendo have announced another entry to their successful DS handheld range, the New 2DS XL.
The new hardware follows the release of the 2DS, which was positioned as a more affordable way to play the entire 3DS library on a lighter machine, without the 3D functions. The new model builds on that adding a more portable, foldable design and an 82% larger screen, as well as a built-in Amiibo support and the C stick and ZL/ZR back buttons.
At a price of $149.99, the 2DS XL will be priced as a more premium iteration of the 2DS, whilst still serving as a cheaper alternative to the 3DS family.
“New Nintendo 2DS XL sports a beautiful clamshell design and offers a great balance between price and performance,” says Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, adding that the new announcement demonstrates Nintendo’s commitment to the hand-held market.
The announcement will no doubt appease DS fans who might be worrying about a drop in support following the success of Switch, but given the success of the hardware it seems certain Nintendo will continue support for the foreseeable future – including two new games released at the launch of the 2DS XL; Hey!Pikmin and Miitopia.
This week we saw Nintendo’s quarterly financial statement which highlighted how the 3DS is fairing since the launch of the Switch – and interestingly sales are on the up. Sales of Nintendo’s classic portable were up 7%, rising to 7.27 million units, likely owing to the success of Pokémon Sun and Moon– which the statement reveals surpassed 15 million in sales.
The New Nintendo 2DS XL will launch July 2017, arriving first in Australia/New Zealand on 15th June, Japan on 13th July and US and Canada on 28th July. So far it isn’t clear when the device will be available in Europe.