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Nintendo unveils new 2DS XL handheld as Switch sales soar

30 April, 2017, 01:03 | Author: Jan Cross
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The handheld will hit the market for $150, making it almost twice the price of the current Nintendo 2DS ($80), but cheaper than the Nintendo 3DS XL ($199).

The New Nintendo 2DS XL will be launching in the states on July 28. It will also have a foldable body, unlike its predecessor, but it will be the same with the rest of the 3DS consoles.

With the New 2DS XL, Nintendo can surge its handheld sales while giving gamers what they want-a folding 3DS without the 3D gimmick-and retaining the major benefits of the platform: its massive best-selling games library.

With the launch of Switch - a device that combines a home console with a portable tablet - you might think that Nintendo would be moving on from the 3DS line of handhelds. Today, Nintendo has announced another addition to the family with the New 2DS XL. The handheld is slated for a US July 28 release (July 13 in Japan) with a suggested retail price of $149. This one is definitely lighter, but according to the declaration issued by the company, it packs the same power of the new 3DS XL model. The comsole will continue to be supported with strong first-party titles such as the recently released Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Arms, Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey coming later this year.

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The console's lower screen has built-in NFC support for amiibo cards and figures. As the name of the new system implies, visuals will be displayed in 2D only. Time reports Nintendo sold 2.74 million Switches in March after launching March 3.

The New Nintendo 2DS XL will cost AU $200 in Australia.

Along with yesterday's reveal, Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement that the New 2DS XL reveal shows Nintendo is still committed to the hand-held market.

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