New Nintendo 2DS XL Might Be The Best release in the 3DS line in years…

New Nintendo 2DS XL Might Be The Best release in the 3DS line in years…

At first I thought it was a late April Fools joke, but now Introducing this device at this point makes perfect sense to me. This which is most likely going to replace both the original and XL New 3DS, is the perfect end of life cycle hardware revision.

It takes all of the good of the 2DS ($79) and the premium New 3DS XL Model ($199. More if you didnt own an AC adapter, since one didn’t come packed in) and put it all together into an affordable yet powerful package for $149, perfect for anyone still looking to but a device in the 3DS family at this point. 

For those that don’t think this makes business sense, listen…. 

At this time, with the introduction of the Nintendo Switch, Big N obviously wanted to scale back manufacturing costs on all 3DS models….. So they took the preferred size for most people 12 years & older (which is why Nintendo only released the N3DS XL first In N.A. and why I say this replaces both N3DS models), Packed in the “New” 3DS internals for compatibility with all games and improved performance, took away the 3D that NO ONE used after the first week of use, and slapped it into a durable, easy on the eyes package, and they have a product so cheap to manufacture that Nintendo can sell it for $150 w/ an AC adapter this time lol. 

Also, keep in mind…Nintendo needs to maintain the life of the 3DS line of devices as a safety net…just in case. Compared to the other consoles, The Switch is very risky and while sales are soaring high now, sales for the Wii U were high too this close after launch, but we know how that worked out. They would be risking it all to drop the 3DS to give all support to the Switch not knowing how things will turn out. 

But won’t this be stealing shine from the Nintendo Switch by announcing this so close to the Switch launch?” 

it doesn’t release until end of July 2017. By that time E3 will have come and gone and Nintendo will have (Hopefully) dropped some major announcements, and make it stand out against the the amazing 3DS Library and even the PS4 and Xbox One.

So for all the folks thinking this is Nintendo shooting themselves in the foot because it will hurt the Switch or that this is another pointless 3DS model, I hope you’ve seen​ the light lol. 

In all honesty, it’s basically the PS3 SuperSlim of 3DS’ and as you saw with that, it didn’t negativity effect the PS4 sales while being pushed along side it for the first year and a half of its life, so expect this to have almost no effect on the Switch.

So what are your thoughts on the New 2DS XL? Let me know in the comments…

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6 thoughts on “New Nintendo 2DS XL Might Be The Best release in the 3DS line in years…

  1. You do realize that consumers only have so much money to spend. These are 2 portable devices, consumers will now have to choose, and for everyone who chooses this over Switch is another lost install base of Switch. Nintendo’s effectively competing with themselves. This actually hurts them overall, because in 2013, Iwata merged the handheld and console divisions. The reason he gave was because of lack of games coming to both 3DS and Wii U. The continued split in development means that Switch and 3DS games not being compatible will lead to game droughts for Switch- it already has, all the 1st party games are from Wii U! Nintendo’s going to hurt Switch by giving consumers yet another option to buy, so that’s the main reason they won’t sell that 16 million supposed production machines, they’ll be lucky if they even reach 10 given the software droughts and yet another system to choose over Switch. RIP Switch.

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    1. This is common practice. It’s like Sony pushing the low cost PS3 SuperSlim after the launch of the PS4. They have a 60+ million user base with the 3DS family of devices, and with the Nintendo Switch being such a risky​ device, they can’t just kill it off.

      Sure, some will look for the lower cost option, but most that want the latest and greatest will get that. Nintendo just has to give them a reason to get it.And it’s not like the 2DS XL gives consumers anything that isn’t already on the market now. So the choice is already there.

      Also, Nintendo was smart by not releasing the 2DS XL until the end of July, almost 2 months after E3, which will build so much hype around the Switch that it will be forgotten about…. except by anyone that really just wants a 3DS ( like me lol).

      I think it will work out well. Thanks for reading the post and giving some feedback.


  2. Nintendo have iterated on their handheld platforms for years now so this shouldn’t surprise anyone. It’s a pretty good looking update though and after picking up a 2DS for my son last year this might convince me to get one myself. 🙂

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  3. This is hands down the sleekest designs I’ve seen yet for the 3DS family of handhelds. That said, there’s no reason for me to get one. I already have a New 3DS XL and I strongly believe that 2017 will be the last year for the DS line. One final huzzah before Nintendo shifts all of their development over to a single platform. We know the next Fire Emblem game will be on the Switch and it’s very obvious that other handheld series like Pokemon will also make the jump.
    That said, would you like to share your articles in our FB group? We’re a growing community of gaming bloggers and we’re always looking for more writers to share their work and discuss all things gaming. Just search for “Game Bloggers United” on Facebook. 🙂

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    1. I’d love to share my posts in your group. I’ll join in a sec. Thanks for checking out the post, appreciate it.

      I agree with you on this being this being one of the final years for for the 3DS. It all depends on how things go for the Switch in the next few months, if that period will be extended.


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