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Update: With the original New Nintendo 3DS discontinued, the New Nintendo 2DS XL is now the most affordable way of getting the superior clamshell design of Nintendo’s handheld series. The platform might be showing its age in 2017, but new 3DS and 2DS releases, such as the all-new ‘Ultra’ versions of Pokemon Sun and Moon, prove that there’s still life in the stalwart handheld yet, even if the Switch now takes pride of place in Nintendo’s gaming arsenal. Our original review follows.

In a world in which the Nintendo Switch exists, where users have access to a beautiful Nintendo handheld console with detachable controllers and a stunning HD display, and where gamers are able to play honest-to-goodness Nintendo games on their iOS and Android devices, one might be forgiven for thinking that there’s no longer a place for the 2DS and 3DS. 

With this in mind, it may seem like a curious decision for 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 dual-screen gaming machine.

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 latest device, 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?

Design

  • 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 on it was really the only way to see if you liked what Nintendo was attempting to do, with many finding it to be quite a comfortable piece of kit. 

That said, there’s no beating the tried-and-true clamshell design 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 first time. 

New 3DS review

In terms of size, the New 2DS XL is only slightly smaller than its three-dimensional counterpart (the New 2DS XL is 6.4-inches tall while open and 3.4-inch tall while closed, 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 top screen now has a much smaller bezel. This is because the front-facing camera and 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 double-chin effect. 

That said, because this redesigned hinge sticks out, the camera is no longer tucked away when the clamshell is shut, meaning you’ll always be able to see at least two-thirds of the lens at any given time. This could also potentially lead to the lens getting scratched or damaged if not kept in a protective case.

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 right speakers have also been moved from the console’s face to the underside. A volume slider can be found on the left side of the bottom half.

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.

3DS

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 as it has on previous models, with a slight wobbliness to it when you shake the unit around. 

We also found the stylus itself to be a little too short physically, barely extending past our knuckle when held in a traditional pencil position. This won’t be an issue for small children, but adults may find it a less than ideal.

  • The new Nintendo 2DS XL will no doubt be a huge seller in this year’s Black Friday sales – so keep an eye out later in the year

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