Nintendo surprised us last night with a new handheld reveal, the $150 Nintendo 2DS XL. It'll be out on July 28, the same day as new games Hey! PIKMIN and Miitopia and is only available in turquoise and black at launch.
For specification fans it weighs 9.2 ounces, the same as the smaller, original 2DS and its screens are 4.88 inches and 4.18 inches. The LCD screen can put out 16.77 million colors at 400x240 pixel resolution, which lags behind the New 3DS XL which can display 16.77 million colors at 800x240 pixels. It comes with a 4GB microSDHC card. Think a 2DS screen in a 3DS XL box.
The new trailer is heavy on the smiling children, suggesting Nintendo thinks will be a bigger hit with the jammy fingered, clumsy little darlings (or their parents) than the $300 Nintendo Switch. It also makes the most of the massive existing library of over a thousand Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games. "This new addition to Nintendo’s portable hardware line demonstrates our commitment to the handheld market," says Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and COO.
At $150 the Nintendo 2DS XL is half the price of a Nintendo Switch and $50 cheaper than the New Nintendo 3DS XL. A Nintendo 2DS is $80.