Nintendo isn't done with their portable systems. In fact, following on the launch of the New 2DS, they now have a New 3DS XL set to launch this summer from brick and mortar retailers and online e-tailers. There are a number of new features present to help convince people to keep gaming on Nintendo's handheld systems.
In a press release, Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 2DS XL will launch on July 28th in North America and Europe for $149.99. It's a decidedly cheaper price than the $199.99 price point of the New Nintendo 3DS XL, which came out just a couple of years ago, back in the early half of 2015.
The major change here is that the New Nintendo 2DS XL gets rid of the autostereoscopic 3D feature so it cuts the price down by a significant amount. According to the press release, the system is designed to fit between the Nintendo 2DS and the New Nintendo 3DS XL, which not only gives you all the portability and simplicity offered from the 2DS, but it also features a faster processor so it can run the games that were exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS XL, including titles like Miitopia and the upcoming Hey! Pikmin.
Some 2DS owners were a bit peeved that it wasn't possible to run the newer 3DS games on the system, but the 2DS XL solves that problem, and does so at a cheaper price. So now you can play all your older 2DS and 3DS games on the New 2DS XL, as well as all the newer 3DS and 3DS XL games.
Additionally, Nintendo further refined the control scheme on the upcoming handheld system, not only making it lighter but also enabling deeper precision with a revamped C-Stick control setup and pressure-sensitive ZL and ZR buttons, further resembling the trigger mechanisms found on the DualShock 4 and the Xbox controllers. Nintendo is definitely taking some hints from their competitors and adopting and adapting as necessary.
Some companies are also already jumping in on making special editions of the New 2DS XL. According to Polygon Square Enix has a special Dragon Quest themed livery for the 2DS XL in Japan, featuring a parallax blob design set against a black-themed palette. It really highlights how much the upper second screen on the 2DS looks a heck of a lot like the original iPhone.
The new system also seems to have garnered some keen interest from gamers who were otherwise uninterested in spending $199.99 for a New 3DS XL, but are interested in the library of games without the autostereoscopic 3D feature in the New 2DS XL.
In addition to all of this, Nintendo is also keeping the near-field communication feature so that if you have Amiibo and plan on using them on the portable handheld while you're out and about, you'll be able to do so.
There are some gamers out there a bit peeved that Nintendo isn't focusing more on pumping out more software for the Nintendo Switch, given that -- in addition to the system's short supply in availability -- the other big issue is the lack of software available for the console. However, it would appear that Nintendo is positioning the New 2DS XL to be the cheaper, cost-effective portable alternative to the Switch for those who can't afford the hybrid $299.99 console.