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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