The Nintendo Switch console is selling extremely well but the Japanese firm has another new device to tempt you with. Although the Switch is fully portable, the New 2DS XL handheld is here too and we’ve got all the details.
We’ve now given the console extensive testing too, so read our New Nintendo 2DS XL review to find out what we thought, while our 3DS buying guide breaks down how it compares to Nintendo’s other models.
With months of rumours and leaks for the Switch, it’s in stark contrast that Nintendo unveiled the New 2DS XL out of the blue. It’s being pitched as a new choice in the handheld category rather than a Switch rival.
That’s namely because Nintendo doesn’t always launch the same games on both platforms so check out what the New 2DS XL has to offer. Rumour has it that Nintendo will make a Switch Mini.
New Nintendo 2DS XL release date and price
The New 2DS XL is out now, having released on 28 July.
In the UK you can grab it for £129.99 from Amazon or GAME, while in the US it costs $149.99 and you can grab it from GameStop.
The New 3DS XL is currently £179/$199 so it makes sense that the 2DS XL is a reasonable amount cheaper.
Here’s what you get in the New 2DS XL box:
• New Nintendo 2DS XL system • New Nintendo 2DS XL stylus • 4GB microSDHC memory card • AR Cards x6 • Operations Manual • AC adapter
New Nintendo 2DS XL specs and features
In a nutshell, the New Nintendo 2DS XL is a combination of the original 2DS and the New 3DS XL. The handheld console plays all 3DS games but in 2D and comes with features such as a folding design and larger screens.
We quite like the rigid design of the 2DS but it does limit things like screen size so the classic folding clamshell design is back for the 2DS XL.
This means the screens can be much bigger at 4.88in, compared to just 3.53in. Despite this, the console is almost identical in weight at 260g – lighter than the 337g 3DS XL.
Matching the 3DS XL in various ways means you get features such as the C Stick and ZL/ZR Buttons, providing expanded control options in compatible games.
The 2DS XL also supports amiibo thanks to NFC embedding in the lower screen.
The New 2DS XL is available in two colours: Black & Turquoise and White & Orange.