With the release of the Nintendo Switch, which serves as both a console and a handheld, many fans have been under the assumption that Nintendo will be focusing on the Switch for both console and handheld experiences and eventually phase the 3DS line of handhelds out. Well, it looks like that’s not the case, for now at least, because on April 27th 2017, Nintendo made a surprise announcement that they’re releasing the New Nintendo 2DS XL.
As the name suggests, it’s basically a New 3DS XL, but without the 3D. You could also think of it as a Nintendo 2DS, but with all the new features of a New 3DS and a clam-shell design. So if you hated the design of the original 2DS (I sure did), this one might be more up your alley.
The system launches at $149.99 on July 28th 2017 in the US, the same day that Hey! Pikmin and Miitopia launch. It comes in a black and blue color scheme for those living in the US, but it looks like Japan will also be getting a white and yellow option.
So what do you think? A surprising move for sure since it seemed like the 3DS was slowly dying out. We all thought Nintendo would be focusing on the Switch since it offers both console and handheld experiences. I honestly wonder, at this point, who’s actually going to pick this up. The 3DS is 7 years old, so either people already have one or the ones that still don’t were never interested to begin with. But who knows, maybe the option for a beefed up 3DS without the 3D at a cheaper price will suddenly make skeptics hop on board.
And I guess with this announcement, this means that Nintendo has finally given up on stereoscopic 3D. Understandable since no one ever used it anyway…although I did.