Though Nintendo has new hotness on their hands with the Switch, they’re not done with the Nintendo 3DS just yet. Or at the very least, not with two-thirds of it.
The company has just announced with the following trailer that a new version of the handheld called the New Nintendo 2DS XL will be available this summer:
Like the original Nintendo 2DS, the New Nintendo 2DS XL features all of the same functionality you expect from a member of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but for one: Stereoscopic 3D visuals. Unlike the original Nintendo 2DS, this version features a lighter clamshell design, as well as the amenities of the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL, including a built-in amiibo reader, additional ZL and ZL shoulder buttons, a C-stick for enhanced controls, and of course, XL screens that are 82 percent larger than those found on the original Nintendo 2DS.
On top of all that, the New Nintendo 2DS XL also boasts a faster processor speed, which will presumably allow it to play the Virtual Console titles from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System library available in the Nintendo eShop, as well as games that are exclusive to the New Nintendo 3DS, such as Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. That said, Nintendo has not explicitly stated in their trailer or press release that they’ll work, though it seems like a safe bet.
The New Nintendo 2DS XL will launch alongside new releases Hey! PIKMIN and Miitopia on July 28th at a price of $199.99. For more details, visit the official website.
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