Nintendo 2DS XL Unexpectedly Announced

Nintendo took to social media to make the unexpected product announcement. 

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Nintendo may be focused on ramping up Switch console production, but they apparently aren't done with their other handheld system. The company just announced on their Nintendo Twitter account that gamers can get their hands on 2DS XL this summer. The 2DS XL will cost $149.99 and launches on July 28.  Please take a look at this trailer from the Big N.

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    April 27, 2017 7:00 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Nintendo 2DS XL Unexpectedly Announced

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      April 27, 2017 7:07 PM

      meh

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      April 27, 2017 7:20 PM

      Huh... well uh... I guess there's some excess chip supply at the 3DS cpu warehouse?

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        April 27, 2017 7:50 PM

        Wait. I thought one of the main points of the 2ds was that it does not have a hinged top so small kids won't snap and break it?

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          April 27, 2017 7:51 PM

          Ugh dammit. Meant for root

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          April 27, 2017 7:54 PM

          XL would be kind of gigormous, and there's still the regular 2DS at under $100.

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      April 27, 2017 7:35 PM

      Final version. This is it.

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      April 27, 2017 7:52 PM

      Cool design at a good price. It has enough of a backlog that I feel that it would be worth it.

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        April 27, 2017 7:59 PM

        I actually feel the same. There's a ton of 3DS games I'm interested in, despite having no interest in the 3D. They might actually get me with this one.

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          April 27, 2017 8:01 PM

          DS backward compatibility is icing on the cake, assuming that's still in

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            April 27, 2017 8:02 PM

            12+ years of excellent games is nothing to get mad at.

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            April 27, 2017 10:47 PM

            I'd like to know this too.

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      April 27, 2017 8:00 PM

      Looks awesome.

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      April 27, 2017 8:02 PM

      HUH.....

      Nothing they've done in the last couple years that surprised other people has surprised me. This surprises me.

      Looks like they're committed to two platforms, 2DS for the kids and Switch for kids and up. Even then I'm surprised that this is the revision they went for. I thought one of the advantages of the 2DS was no hinge to get damaged.

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        April 27, 2017 8:27 PM

        You don't think this is burning off excess supply while re-tooling for Switch?

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          April 27, 2017 9:09 PM

          Possibly. I know for certain that 3DS games still sell extremely well. Super Mario Maker cleared over 2 million units and Yoshi's Wooly World did 1.5m in a very short period of time. Pokemon was the biggest game this holiday. There's still money to be made and a demand for the hardware.

          If this is a way to burn through spare parts then even better, these must cost so little to produce by now.

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        April 27, 2017 9:05 PM

        Yeah...the hing in particular seems like an odd choice if that's what they're doing.

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          April 27, 2017 9:43 PM

          I guess this is like the Gameboy Micro, a final hardware version released long after new successful hardware was released.

          Also, I kind of wish I had a Gameboy Micro. Those things are insanely expensive NIB

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            April 27, 2017 9:48 PM

            My brother did have one and it was awesome. He ended up trading it in for something, and man, I wish he would have let me know; I'd have bought it from him in an instant.

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      April 27, 2017 8:59 PM

      This console is essentially free for them right? Parts are cheap, it will make its money back in Japan alone, and if it helps clean out the stock of games sitting on shelves even better.

      The real question will be if they announce new games for it or if the development all moves to switch (which is what I hope for).

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      April 27, 2017 9:05 PM

      The white one for Japan is way better looking

      http://albumizr.com/ia/c846d05736b7763ab65f12b01bf0227b.jpg

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      April 27, 2017 9:41 PM

      I really like how this looks. I'd trade my 3DS xl in for it on looks alone.

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      April 27, 2017 10:48 PM

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        April 27, 2017 11:19 PM

        The New 3DS has a great 3D effect. I never used the old one because it was tiring.

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      April 27, 2017 10:48 PM

      Needs to be $99.

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        April 28, 2017 4:34 AM

        Seriously, this.

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        April 28, 2017 7:32 AM

        Regular 2DS is about that price point, I think they'll probably drop it to $69 next year and this new one to the $100 mark around the same time as the final send off.

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          April 28, 2017 8:40 AM

          They'll probably stop selling the old ones for no reason at all and never comment on it.

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      April 28, 2017 12:30 AM

      if they release a 2 or 3DS XS / Micro I might actually buy another one of these

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      April 28, 2017 4:25 AM

      Nintendo, you know I love you, but if you've got extra manufacturing capacity you need to be making more Switches, not this thing. I mean you already kinda broke my heart with the whole no-more-NES-minis thing, but I was ok with it because I knew you needed to make more Switches. I got over if because I knew I could fallback on my RPi3. But this thing? This looks like someone's 3D Studio MAX homework exercise.

      Yes I know there's a difference between making 2DSes and Switches but why would you use your manufacturing capacity this way? And if you needed money why not keep making the NES Mini, the thing that basically prints money for you?

      Yes I'll forgive you, and you know this, but why do you do these things to me?

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        April 28, 2017 4:39 AM

        I assume they would use their existing 3DS manufacturing lines to produce the New 2DS. They still make those.

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      April 28, 2017 4:31 AM

      Whats with the complaining, its what everyone wanted. A cheap new 3ds (vc games and some other demanding games), no 3d which 90% didn’t use to begin with and clamshell and bigger size so its robust and bigger hands don't cramp.
      Its also relatively cheap and has probably good battery life on top of a giant existing games library.

      Seems like it will be dirt cheap as well when the first deals roll in.

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      April 28, 2017 7:20 AM

      Why not announce this during one of the previous directs? I thought they were still keeping the DS a main focus ;^)

      And also why not just keep making NES Classics instead of another version of the 2DS? Are they shutting down or severely limiting their production on 3DSes since this is probably cheaper to make? I'm actually curious how well that original 2DS sold.

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        April 28, 2017 7:36 AM

        -Its just a cheaper new 3ds xl without the 3d gimmick so any announcement on the directs wouldn’t be worthwhile.
        -Nes classic doesnt sell games. 3ds and switch do.
        -The 2ds was fairly popular from what I saw. They sold it at 70 bucks with a game like mariokart preloaded here.

        Tl:dr: its not meant for people who already own a new3dxl but people who want a step up from the 2ds.
        If you were to buy a new 3ds for slightly older kids or teens/adults this would be the one for most folks.

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          April 28, 2017 8:26 AM

          It's a cheaper way to get onto their DS platform, why would they not even hint at it when they're announcing that they're still making games for the 3DS? How is that not worthwhile?

          NES Classic was for all intents and purposes sold out from the moment they released them until they said they weren't making any more. Saying that continuing to make NES Classics is a bad decision because "making money" is disingenuous at best.

          I'd like to see what the actual sales figures are, I would also like to know what the size of this 2DSXL is compared to the 3DSXL. I'm a fan of the larger screens when it comes to the DS.

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            April 28, 2017 8:28 AM

            Honestly, I think with the limited run for the NES classic, they should've pulled a Sega and been all "hey, this is releasing today!" instead of announcing it ahead of time.

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              April 28, 2017 8:31 AM

              I don’t think that would have helped at all in terms of getting one. If you weren't able to get one during the initial wave it was very hard to be at the right place at the right time to find one to buy. Unless you like paying absurd scalper prices, that is.

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                April 28, 2017 8:35 AM

                Probably not, but without building hype over it for a month or two there would've been less demand out the gate.

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              April 28, 2017 8:48 AM

              That didn't work out well for the Saturn.

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            April 28, 2017 8:59 AM

            Making money isn't the issue. It's about how much money they make. A DS probably makes more money than a NES Classic, even if they don't make any money on the DS itself.

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        April 28, 2017 8:01 AM

        They make their money selling games, and NES Classics don't sell games. The classic was a fun stunk, but it has zero long term selling potential.

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      April 28, 2017 8:04 AM

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      April 28, 2017 8:09 AM

      There isn't much in the way of games coming out for that platform. So whats the draw other than a 3ds like clam shell?

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        April 28, 2017 8:18 AM

        2d only that can play the entire library. I think the chips are coming out in better yields than the 3d screens.

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      April 28, 2017 8:17 AM

      Metal slime special edition announced and it looks UNF

      http://kotaku.com/the-first-special-edition-nintendo-2ds-xl-is-beautiful-1794733842

      Japan only right now though :(

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        April 28, 2017 8:22 AM

        They made the top shell intentionally uneven!

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          April 28, 2017 8:25 AM

          Yeah it's pretty interesting design.

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            April 28, 2017 8:31 AM

            I'm torn. On one hand, that design seems bad for cases/storage and essentially requires you to store it bump-side-up. On the other hand; looks pretty swank. It's a ballsy design!

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      April 28, 2017 8:34 AM

      I have my kids our white and pink DS's.


      I would really like to play against them in smash and could totally see getting it but they are pretty content with their ds lites now.

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      April 28, 2017 10:47 AM

      Seriously? Nintendo. Focus your attention on the switch... enough with the DS line.

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        April 28, 2017 11:13 AM

        I'm sure this is a combination of a shell design that they could make really cheap and the top screens on the 3DS' being the most expensive part of the whole thing. Combine that with the "friendlier for those under age 7" crowd and maybe better than expected fabs for the "new" 3ds line internals and you've got a product built around eliminating any possible inventory.

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