Nintendo has had a lot of fun lately in the announcement of the strange surprise announcement material. While the switch dominated the headlines, they made us last year unique with the Mini NES, and only last week, announcing a new Nintendo 2DS XL released in July. We went with the next revision of the console.
The new Nintendo 2DS XL console that should exist? No, it’s not, and it adds to the already complex and misnamed gamma 3DS handhelds, but it’s really fun. Unlike 2DS corner, the new XL 2DS decreases the 3DS XL a clamshell design. Despite the less expensive option, the new 2ds XL is a little more svelte appearance to it and manages to shave a significant amount of weight in a more compact design.
As one of the “new” consoles is much more capable than the original 3DS, with a slightly controlled CPU and GPU that can attack more complex games. The Xenoblade example Chronicles 3D games, which is limited to a “new” 3DS. It also has the C-stick nubbin which can act as a second analog stick in some additional ZL and ZR games and buttons on the shoulders. There is also the integrated NFC chip for amiibo compatibility.
At the same time it is a console-XL, which means that it contains a large 4.88 “superior screen and a 4.18” lower screen, which is noticeably distinct from the new 3DS XL. Of course, it always runs the same resolutions – 400 × 240 and 320 × 240 above under – which was even in 2011 the 3.5-inch screen of the original low 3DS, and it can really tell when it Is inflated to near 5. “The kicker here is that you do not have 3D, which has always been a low resolution meeting, which showed you a big screen, but this effort has to give again detailed detailed graphics.
On the positive side is the lack of a better 3D fit for the console market. It is cheaper, more attractive to the bottom of the market, which will probably be no more than six months, and for parents who want to buy something for their children. Since children under 6 should not use the 3D effect, means that they should be monitored when playing a 3DS, but there are no concerns about the 2ds XL.
These considerations have become clear to the rest of the 2DS XL design in operation, but it is ironic to note that this has led to a number of general improvements. The valve design is adjusted so that the complete closure, as opposed to the 3DS and 3DS XL which are located on the edges, rather than the edge of the rim. It gives a cleaner look to the console, in general, with the screen that is surrounded by glossy plastic now, and the lower touch screen is flush with the rest of the main body, unlike the effervescence. Similarly, the last game of the cartridge are equipped with a rubber flap, which prevents premature ejection or inadvertently, and that is also where you will find the microSD card slot, making it easier for an access unlimited.
The hinge pivot not all the way to the corners of the console, meaning it would have less damage than other models. If this hinge break then the console needs to be repaired easier and cheaper, as before the camera is now in the hinge, both backward cameras are located at the bottom of the console – yes, the console can still 3D images – and The speakers are moved to the lower corners of the main body, located on the side in a way that means your hand does not block the sound. The top half of the holder, in other words, is literally the screen.
It all comes back to whether or not it can actually be a compelling purchase. It’s $150 for the 2DS XL in the US, and that’s being translated by retailers to around £130 in the UK. That’s less than the £150 you can get for a New 3DS and a game, and a healthy £50 off the £180 that the New 3DS XL typically sells for ($200 in the US). Obviously, that’s all dependent on the atypically competitive UK games market and the older consoles are more likely to be discounted.
With the Nintendo 3DS entering into its twilight year, with a huge library of fantastic games that Nintendo are continuing to add to, getting that price point lower and lower is important for the console to continue to find its way into more people’s hands, especially with Nintendo’s own homegrown contender in the Switch.
We’ll reserve judgment for when the console is released in late July, but our first impressions of the New 2DS XL are that it’s a revision of the console that gets a lot right in its quest for a low cost but still attractive console. It would be with a depressing sense of irony for this to be seen as the best overall version of the 3DS console, despite lacking its signature feature.