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New Nintendo 2DS XL announced with global July launch

Published by Jack Taylor     April 28, 2017     11:45 UTC

Nintendo has unveiled the New Nintendo 2DS XL, a new member of the Nintendo 3DS family mixing the New Nintendo 3DS XL with the 2D visuals and budget price of a Nintendo 2DS.

In a surprise announcement on Friday morning (28 April), Nintendo introduced the New Nintendo 2DS XL to the world, which takes the power, size, and enhanced control of the New Nintendo 3DS XL and mixes in the 2D visuals and budget price of the Nintendo 2DS.

As with 2015's New Nintendo 3DS revisions, this system includes enhanced processing power, ZL/ZR buttons, a C-Stick, NFC functionality in the touch screen, and microSD card support, with a 4GB microSDHC card included with every system.

It also provides 2D visuals instead of 3D support, as well as a clamshell design available in two colour options at launch, and a more affordable price that falls between the Nintendo 2DS and the New Nintendo 3DS XL.

New Nintendo 2DS XL launches on 28 July in Europe and North America, the same day as Hey! Pikmin and Miitopia, while Europe will also receive Dr. Kawashima's Devilish Brain Training on 28 July as well.

In Japan, it launches on 13 July, alongside Hey! Pikmin and Ever Oasis.

The announcement trailer for the system can be seen below.


New dedicated hand-held system arrives alongside three big new Nintendo 3DS titles

28th April, 2017 – The Nintendo 3DS family of systems will soon be adding a new member. On July 28, New Nintendo 2DS XL makes its debut in Europe, giving consumers a new choice that fits between the Nintendo 2DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL systems. New Nintendo 2DS XL will launch on the same day as three big new games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems: Hey! PIKMIN, Miitopia and Dr Kawashima’s Devilish Brain Training: Can you stay focused?

A closer look at New Nintendo 2DS XL can be found in the New Nintendo 2DS XL - Announcement Trailer premiering today.

The new, clamshell-design system will be available in a stylish black/turquoise colour, as well as in white/orange, and will use the same size large screen found on New Nintendo 3DS XL systems. As the name of the new system implies, visuals will be displayed in 2D only. The system is lighter but still packs the same power as New Nintendo 3DS XL, and has built-in NFC support for amiibo cards and figures. It can play the massive library of quality Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games in 2D. Nintendo systems are also the only dedicated video game systems where people can find their favourite characters and game franchises, such as Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Kirby, Pokémon, Fire Emblem, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., Animal Crossing and The Legend of Zelda.

There are over a thousand games in the Nintendo 3DS game library and more are always on the way, including three that launch on the same day as New Nintendo 2DS XL. These new games will offer fun new experiences for New Nintendo 2DS XL owners, and for owners of any Nintendo 3DS family systems.

  • Hey! PIKMIN: In this brand-new style of Pikmin game, players guide Captain Olimar through 2D side-scrolling levels and collect Sparklium to refuel his crashed ship, the S.S. Dolphin 2, so he can escape the planet. The touch-screen controls let players choose the right Pikmin to toss at enemies and objects, which is critical to defeating foes and solving the many puzzles Olimar encounters during his adventure.
  • Miitopia: Band together with your Mii and Mii friends to explore your own personalized world of Miitopia. Cast Mii characters into various roles and watch hilarious scenes unfold as they work together to defeat the Dark Lord who has stolen the faces of townspeople of Miitopia. Players can bring in their created Mii characters from Miitomo or Tomodachi Life, or create their own Mii team in the game. This game has a lighthearted tone with traditional and strategic RPG-like elements, including customization, relationship building and team management.

Source: Nintendo of Europe / Nintendo of America