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New Nintendo 2DS XL

Update: Now that the Nintendo 3DS was discontinued in every however the expanded 3DS XL model, the New Nintendo 2DS XL is just about the most economical solution to enter the DS household while keeping the superior clamshell design the show is famous for.

But given that the Nintendo Switch takes pride of invest the business’s video gaming toolbox, will there be nevertheless a location for the handheld that is two-screen? Read on below for our review.

In a world in which the Nintendo Switch exists, where users have access to a beautiful Nintendo handheld console with detachable controllers and a HD that is stunning display and where gamers have the ability to play honest-to-goodness Nintendo games on the iOS and Android products, one might be forgiven for convinced that there isn’t any longer a spot for the 2DS and 3DS. 

With this in your mind, it may look such as for instance a decision that is curious the big N to return to the 2DS/3DS ecosystem having just launched its greatest and most powerful handheld yet. However, with a huge back-catalogue of games and a number of big releases still on the horizon, it’s clear that there’s plenty of life left in the popular gaming that is dual-screen.


Having Achieved some success with its affordable and 3D-less Nintendo 2DS handheld, and an ultimate level of refinement with 2015’s New Nintendo 3DS XL, the house that Mario built has seen fit to combine the best of both worlds with its device that is latest, the New Nintendo 2DS XL. 

Available now in Australia, with US and UK releases to come on July 28, the New Nintendo 2DS XL is priced at $149.99 (£129.99 / AU$199.95), making it a very affordable way to play the many 3DS titles currently available and the many still to come.

Still, the question remains – does the New Nintendo 2DS XL have what it takes to impress in an age where Nintendo fans can get a home console-quality experience on the go?


  • Fetching black/turquoise and white/orange color options
  • XL-sized screens on a slim body
  • Smaller top bezel

The original 2DS had something of a divisive design, with its flat, wedge-like shape that had both of the system’s screens placed on a single, non-foldable plane. Getting your own hands if you liked what Nintendo was attempting to do, with many finding it to be quite a comfortable piece of kit on it was really the only way to see. 

That stated, there isn’t any beating the clamshell that is tried-and-true that Nintendo has been rocking since the Game & Watch era. This foldable design has been a mainstay of every DS and 3DS system that Nintendo has ever released, and we’re glad to see it applied to the 2DS line for the very time that is first. 

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In terms of size, the New 2DS XL is just somewhat smaller compared to its three-dimensional counterpart (the New 2DS XL is 6.4-inches tall while available and 3.4-inch while that is tall, compared to 6.78-inches tall while open and 3.7-inches tall while closed on the New 3DS XL – all other dimensions are the same), however, there are a few noticeable differences in design between the two. 

The first thing you’ll probably spot is that the new 2DS XL’s hinge now protrudes from the unit’s body while closed. On previous iterations, the hinge sits flush with the handheld’s spine and shoulder buttons. That’s hardly a dealbreaker, though it does mean that the New 2DS XL loses a bit of its sleekness, resulting in a handheld that doesn’t feel quite as nice to hold when shut. 

New 3DS review

Open the New 2DS XL up and you’ll see the screen that is top includes a much smaller bezel. This is really because the camera that is front-facing mic have been moved down to the hinge, which is probably another reason why it now sticks out. The placement is not a big deal when it comes to taking selfies, though you may have to tilt your head forward to avoid the effect that is double-chin. 

That said, because this redesigned hinge sticks out, the digital camera is no longer tucked away whenever clamshell is closed, meaning you will continually be in a position to see at the least two-thirds associated with the lens at any time. This may possibly also possibly induce the lens getting scratched or damaged or even held in a case that is protective

It’s also thinner than the New 3DS XL, with a top screen that’s incredibly thin for a handheld. This is likely due to the unit’s lack of 3D functionality, which would’ve made that top display slightly chunkier. 

New 3DS review

Along with these differences, the power button, headphone jack and stylus have been moved to the bottom of the unit, along with the enclosed microSD and cartridge slots (and thankfully, you won’t need a screwdriver to swap out microSD cards this time around). The left and speakers that are right already been relocated through the system’s face to your underside. A amount slider is found regarding the remaining part associated with the half that is bottom

Speaking of the unit’s face, you’ll find a d-pad, circle pad and home button on the left side, while four game input buttons, Start and Select buttons and a nub-like C-stick can be found on the right. Like the New 3DS XL, new ZL and ZR buttons have been added in between the L and R shoulder buttons.


Overall, the New 2DS XL is a beautiful device, with a nice ridged texture on its top side that makes it feel quite premium. Admittedly, the top screen doesn’t feel as sturdy it when you shake the unit around as it has on previous models, with a slight wobbliness to. 

We additionally discovered the stylus it self to become a little too quick actually, scarcely expanding past our knuckle whenever in a pencil position that is traditional. This defintely won’t be a problem for small kids, but grownups might find it a significantly less than perfect.

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