New Nintendo 2DS XL

Replace: Now that the Nintendo 3DS has been discontinued in all however the expanded 3DS XL mannequin, the New...

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Replace: Now that the Nintendo 3DS has been discontinued in all however the expanded 3DS XL mannequin, the New Nintendo 2DS XL has develop into essentially the most inexpensive option to enter the DS household whereas retaining the superior clamshell design the collection is understood for.

However now that the Nintendo Switch takes pleasure of place within the firm’s gaming arsenal, is there nonetheless a spot for a two-screen handheld? Learn on beneath for our evaluate.

In a world wherein the Nintendo Switch exists, the place customers have entry to a ravishing Nintendo handheld console with removable controllers and a surprising HD show, and the place avid gamers are capable of play honest-to-goodness Nintendo video games on their iOS and Android gadgets, one could be forgiven for pondering that there isn’t any longer a spot for the 2DS and 3DS. 

With this in thoughts, it could look like a curious determination for the massive N to return to the 2DS/3DS ecosystem having simply launched its best and strongest handheld but. Nevertheless, with an enormous back-catalogue of video games and various large releases nonetheless on the horizon, it is clear that there is loads of life left within the in style dual-screen gaming machine.

Having achieved some success with its inexpensive and 3D-less Nintendo 2DS handheld, and an final degree of refinement with 2015’s New Nintendo 3DS XL, the home that Mario constructed has seen match to mix the most effective of each worlds with its newest system, the New Nintendo 2DS XL. 

Obtainable now in Australia, with US and UK releases to return on July 28, the New Nintendo 2DS XL is priced at $149.99 (£129.99 / AU$199.95), making it a really inexpensive option to play the numerous 3DS titles at present out there and the numerous nonetheless to return.

Nonetheless, the query stays – does the New Nintendo 2DS XL have what it takes to impress in an age the place Nintendo followers can get a house console-quality expertise on the go?


  • Fetching black/turquoise and white/orange colour choices
  • XL-sized screens on a slim physique
  • Smaller high bezel

The unique 2DS had one thing of a divisive design, with its flat, wedge-like form that had each of the system’s screens positioned on a single, non-foldable airplane. Getting your individual palms on it was actually the one option to see when you favored what Nintendo was trying to do, with many discovering it to be fairly a snug piece of equipment. 

That mentioned, there isn’t any beating the tried-and-true clamshell design that Nintendo has been rocking for the reason that {Game} & Watch period. This foldable design has been a mainstay of each DS and 3DS system that Nintendo has ever launched, and we’re glad to see it utilized to the 2DS line for the very first time. 

New 3DS review

By way of measurement, the New 2DS XL is just barely smaller than its three-dimensional counterpart (the New 2DS XL is 6.4-inches tall whereas open and three.4-inch tall whereas closed, in comparison with 6.78-inches tall whereas open and three.7-inches tall whereas closed on the New 3DS XL – all different dimensions are the identical), nonetheless, there are a number of noticeable variations in design between the 2. 

The very first thing you will in all probability spot is that the brand new 2DS XL’s hinge now protrudes from the unit’s physique whereas closed. On earlier iterations, the hinge sits flush with the hand-held’s backbone and shoulder buttons. That is hardly a dealbreaker, although it does imply that the New 2DS XL loses a little bit of its sleekness, leading to a handheld that does not really feel fairly as good to carry when shut. 

New 3DS review

Open the New 2DS XL up and you may see the highest display screen now has a a lot smaller bezel. It is because the front-facing digital camera and mic have been moved all the way down to the hinge, which might be one more reason why it now stands out. The location isn’t a giant deal on the subject of taking selfies, although you’ll have to tilt your head ahead to keep away from the double-chin impact. 

That mentioned, as a result of this redesigned hinge stands out, the digital camera is now not tucked away when the clamshell is shut, that means you will all the time have the ability to see a minimum of two-thirds of the lens at any given time. This might additionally doubtlessly result in the lens getting scratched or broken if not stored in a protecting case.

It is also thinner than the New 3DS XL, with a high display screen that is extremely skinny for a handheld. That is doubtless because of the unit’s lack of 3D performance, which might’ve made that high show barely chunkier. 

New 3DS review

Together with these variations, the facility button, headphone jack and stylus have been moved to the underside of the unit, together with the enclosed microSD and cartridge slots (and fortunately, you will not want a screwdriver to swap out microSD playing cards this time round). The left and proper audio system have additionally been moved from the console’s face to the underside. A quantity slider may be discovered on the left aspect of the underside half.

Talking of the unit’s face, you will discover a d-pad, circle pad and residential button on the left aspect, whereas 4 recreation enter buttons, Begin and Choose buttons and a nub-like C-stick may be discovered on the precise. Just like the New 3DS XL, new ZL and ZR buttons have been added in between the L and R shoulder buttons.


Total, the New 2DS XL is a ravishing system, with a pleasant ridged texture on its high aspect that makes it really feel fairly premium. Admittedly, the highest display screen does not really feel as sturdy because it has on earlier fashions, with a slight wobbliness to it once you shake the unit round. 

We additionally discovered the stylus itself to be slightly too quick bodily, barely extending previous our knuckle when held in a standard pencil place. This would possibly not be a difficulty for young children, however adults might discover it a lower than ideally suited.


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