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Nintendo Launching New 2DS XL Model That Has "Same Power" As New 3DS

The new system goes on sale in the upcoming months.


[UPDATE] Nintendo has confirmed that the New Nintendo 2DS XL will launch in Australia and New Zealand on June 15, a month ahead of the launch in the US. It will cost AU $200.

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Seemingly out of nowhere, Nintendo today announced a new piece of hardware: the New Nintendo 2DS XL. It launches in the US on July 28, priced at $150.

Unlike the entry model 2DS, the New 2DS XL features a clamshell design. The system can play 3DS games, but without the 3D effect, of course. It also plays DS games.

The screen size is the same as the New Nintendo 3DS XL. It is lighter than that system, but according to Nintendo, it "still packs the same power" of the New Nintendo 3DS XL. It also has built-in NFC support for Amiibo functionality.

"This new addition to Nintendo's portable hardware line demonstrates our commitment to the hand-held market," Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement. "New Nintendo 2DS XL sports a beautiful clamshell design and offers a great balance between price and performance."

In the US, the 2DS XL will come in a black/turquoise color. In Japan, there will be a white/orange version, according to 4Gamer.

The Nintendo 2DS originally launched in 2013. Billed as an entry-level device for children, the system features two screens but no clamshell hinge. The system launched at $130, before Nintendo cut the price to $100 and then down further to $80.

The announcement of this system comes not long after Nintendo launched the Switch. The system debuted in March and has sold 2.74 million units by Nintendo's latest count.

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