New Nintendo 2DS XL upsizes the gaming, keeps the price low

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If you thought the Nintendo Switch had signaled the end of the company’s previous generation of handheld consoles, think again — the house that Mario built has just announced that a New Nintendo 2DS XL will be coming out this year.

Available from July 28 in the US and, surprisingly, around a month and a half earlier in Australia on June 15, the New 2DS XL will cost $149.99 (AU$199.95). At present, the New Nintendo 2DS XL has yet to be announced for release in the UK.

The console will launch in a (rather gorgeous) black/turquoise color in the US, while Australians will also be getting a second color option in white/orange.

In the States, the new handheld will launch alongside two brand new first-party Nintendo games: Hey! PIKMIN and Miitopia. In Australia, the games will release on July 29. 

Unlike with the previous handheld, which had a flat, slate-style design that kept both screens on the same plane, the New 2DS XL has adopted the clamshell design of its beloved (or Nintendo’s Game & Watch handhelds from the ‘80s, if you want to get pedantic). 

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As the name would suggest, the New 2DS XL will once again limit video games to just two dimensions, and will sport the same-sized screens as were featured on the Nintendo 3DS XL. It will also continue to support Nintendo DS titles.

Check out the official New Nintendo 2DS XL trailer below for a better look at the console in action. 

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