The 2DS XL is a cut-priced, ultra-portable version of Nintendo's 3DS XL hand-held system.
(CCM) — Nintendo has caught the gaming world by surprise with the launch of a new cut-priced handheld game console called the 2DS XL. The new console is a paired-down version of the 3DS XL system — it lacks 3D capabilities and is smaller and lighter. However, it sports the same large dual displays, the new C Stick, the ZL and ZR buttons, and has built-in NFC support for amiibo cards and figures, making it a great alternative to 3DS XL, for those who don't care about 3D. Nintendo launched another 2D portable console called the 2DS in 2013, but it has a smaller screen and does not have the clamshell design, which makes the 2DS XL so portable.
Nintendo appears to be aiming the new console at gamers who have baulked at the $200 price tag of the 3DS XL. With a price tag of $149.99, the strategy may well be successful. The 2DS XL will be available in North America on July 28, 2017, the same day as the launch of two big new games: Hey! PIKMIN and Miitopia. It can also play over 1,000 existing games from the Nintendo 3DS game library.
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