Nintendo’s next handheld game console is coming this summer. It’s a $150 dual-screen console called the Nintendo 2DS XL, and it’s basically what you get if you take a 3DS XL and drop the 3D effects.
The new system should be available starting July 28th in the US, following a July 13th launch in Japan.
You’ll be able to play games designed for the Nintendo DS or Nintendo 3DS on the new system, but they’ll only render in 2 dimensions.
Nintendo isn’t claiming that this new model is a replacement for any of its other systems, but the price makes it a cheaper alternative to the “New 3DS XL” which currently sells for around $200 to $250 and pricier than the entry-level 2DS, which goes for about $80.
The Nintendo 2DS XL has a clamshell design and displays that are more than 80 percent larger than those on the 2DS. Like other DS systems, the handheld game console features physical buttons and a touchscreen, and support for amiibo cards and figures.
At a time when many folks have turned to their phones for gaming-on-the-go, it seems like Nintendo still sees room for another handheld game console.
And the company has sort of been on a roll lately, so I wouldn’t want to second-guess any of Nintendo’s choices.
This year’s Nintendo Switch hybrid game console has been selling well, and last year’s NES Classic retro console was such a hot item that it became virtually impossible to find in stores.