New Nintendo 2DS XL model launches in Australia on 15 June

Alex Kidman 28 April 2017 NEWS


$199.95 will score you Nintendo’s updated 2DS.

The 2DS always held a slightly odd position in Nintendo’s array of handheld devices. It was originally released as a lower-cost, non-folding variant on the 3DS primarily pitched at parents (quite reasonably) concerned about the effect of the 3DS’ 3D effect on young eyes. It was a budget play at a time when the 3DS itself was being significantly challenged by the rise of much cheaper smartphone gaming.

While the Switch has been Nintendo’s big mobile gaming play for the year, it’s just announced a new variant on the 2DS that will arrive in Australia on 15 June 2017. This isn’t just a colour variant, either, but instead a complete redesign of the 2DS to bring it more visually in line with the existing "New 3DS" family of consoles. As with the previous version of the 2DS, it’s a console that offers all the variety of the existing 3DS cartridge and eShop titles, but with the ability to switch games into 3D mode strictly unavailable. There are very few games that actually do much in real gameplay terms with 3D vision, so you’re not likely to miss much there.

The New 2DS XL will be available in black/turquoise or white/orange, and like the New 3DS, we’ll see it here in Australia well before the US or even Nintendo’s home turf of Japan. It won’t launch in the US until 28 July, while its Japanese debut is set for 13 July.

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