Nintendo is one of the few entertainment companies that are still positive in the concept of a portable console in the middle of the onslaught of mobile devices. Later, they have to adapt to change by stepping into the realm. But despite the official play in segment game mobile, does not mean Nintendo intend to remove their dominance in a handheld.
After refreshing 3DS approximately three years ago, this time it’s 2DS turn to get an upgrade. 2DS is the entry-level version of 3DS, minus the stereoscopic 3D capability. Although praised for its lower price, 2DS got a lot of criticism, mainly related to poor design, sound quality, and weak battery life. Perhaps this motivates Nintendo to compose the latest variant, 2DS XL.
On April 27, 2017, yesterday, Nintendo unveiled the agenda for launching a more advanced version of 2DS: 2DS XL. It will be the third member of the Nintendo handheld game system family, filling the gap between standard 2DS and 3DS XL. The release of Nintendo 2DS XL will be linked with the release of two new blockbuster games, Hey! Pikmin and Miitopia.
“The new addition to Nintendo’s portable hardware lineup demonstrates our commitment to the handheld market,” Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo America, said in a press release. “Nintendo 2DS XL presents a beautiful clamshell design and offers the best balance between price and performance.”
Different from 2DS with its ugly design, the New Nintendo 2DS XL design resembles 3DS. It presents two screens in each component, connected via hinges, with the top larger than the bottom. Compared to 2DS, the panel at 2DS XL is 82 percent wider, and its weight is also lighter.
Its layout is also almost identical to the 3D variant: D-pad, thumb stick and home button are in the range of the left thumb; Then the action button along with the start and select button on the right. Nintendo also puts two pairs of buttons behind to control the camera as well as an additional input.
2DS XL also got component upgrades, now more powerful. It is compatible to Amiibo, by just tapping the figure on the screen below. And different from Switch, 2DS XL supported backward compatibility feature, which means it can still run old games.
Nintendo 2DS XL is scheduled to be released on July 28 later in the United States at $ 150.