Get your wallets ready, folks! According to a press release (via @Wario64 on Twitter), Nintendo is releasing the next console in the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the New Nintendo 2DS XL. The system will launch on July 28, 2017 for $149.99 MSRP. The system will be available in the U.S. in a black/turquoise color.
The original Nintendo 2DS forwent the traditional DS clamshell design for a wedge-like one, but the New 2DS XL is a return to form, though with a few minor updates. The body of the system is more notably rounded, and the outer shell appears to be of a matte rubber finish as opposed to hard plastic, in keeping with the more durable, child-friendly construction of the 2DS line. However, as with the “New” line of 3DS family hardware, the New 2DS XL sports more updated system features, including ZR and ZL triggers, the C-Stick, and amiibo scanning functionality. Essentially, this is a New 3DS XL, just without the 3D, which comes to a $50 savings.
New Nintendo 2DS XL will launch on July 28 alongside Hey! PIKMIN and Miitopia, which were announced during the most recent Nintendo Direct. This iteration marks the sixth variation of the Nintendo 3DS since the original launched in 2011.
For anyone who thought the 3DS line was on its way out, this should be a welcome sign of relief. Do you think there will be more 3DS software announcements before or at E3 2017? Let us know by leaving a reply!
Here’s the announcement trailer for New Nintendo 2DS XL, and be sure to check out the gallery below: