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Nintendo unveiled a surprising announcement last Wednesday when they announced the New Nintendo 2DS XL, supposedly a continuation of the budget 2DS line that released back in 2013. As its name implies, the 2DS lacks the stereoscopic 3D feature present in Nintendo’s main portable line this generation, the 3DS.

The New Nintendo 2DS XL, or N2DSXL will have NFC and New 3DS title support for CPU-intensive games such as Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. The N2DSXL will, like its predecessor, presumably have backwards compatibility support with older DS titles.

New Nintendo 2DS XL Features:

  • Shorter loading times which means a faster processor
  • It’s lightweight, play anywhere
  • Comes with built in amiibo support minus the amiibos
  • All Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS, and most Nintendo DS games are available
  • “C” Stick brings enhanced controls like intuitive camera control to compatible games, while ZL and ZR buttons give you plenty of options

The portable console notably marks a return to the DS lineup’s signature clamshell appearance, ever since the Nintendo DS’s debut in late 2004, and sports a sleek new appearance, unlike the original 2DS, which touted a design that aimed to be ‘kid-friendly.’

The N2DSXL’s release date is slated for July 28th, 2017, a month after E3 2017, and expected to retail around $149.99 MSRP.

The announcement comes a little less than two months after the Nintendo Switch’s launch back in March 5th of this year, amid doubts that Nintendo was going to continue supporting the 3DS’s library for a short period after the former’s release.

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