The New Nintendo 2DS XL (branded as New Nintendo 2DS LL[a] in Japan) is a handheld game console produced by Nintendo. It is the sixth and final system in the Nintendo 3DS family of handheld consoles, and was released in Australia and New Zealand on 15 June 2017, in Japan and South Korea on 13 July 2017, and in North America and Europe on 28 July 2017.
Serving as a companion to the Nintendo 2DS, the New Nintendo 2DS XL is based on the hardware of the New Nintendo 3DS, but with no autostereoscopic 3D display, its microphone and camera moved to the hinge, and speakers moved to the lower half of the device. As with the New Nintendo 3DS, it has an updated processor, an analog pointing stick and additional shoulder triggers, and near-field communications (NFC) support for Amiibo. According to Nintendo Support, the battery of the console lasts 3.5 to 5.5 hours when playing 3DS games, 7 to 9 hours when playing DS games, and around 3 days when in sleep mode. 
The New 2DS XL received positive reviews, with critics noting that it combined traits of the 2DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL into a more ergonomic and aesthetically-pleasing device over the slate-shaped 2DS, but noting slight regressions in display and speaker quality.
Nintendo has presented versions of the console in black with blue accents for the North American market, and white with orange-gold accents for the Japanese, South Korean and PAL region market, as well as a Japan-exclusive Dragon Quest XI limited edition. Later, the White + Orange variant came to North America, as well as Lavender + White, Black + Green (both Japan-exclusive) as well as Poké Ball and Pikachu variants to coincide with the launch of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (the former also coming to that region).
In July 2018, a \"Hylian Shield\" variant was released as a GameStop exclusive in North America, bundled with a pre-installed copy of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. This came alongside an Animal Crossing: New Leaf variant for Europe and Japan, and red/black Mario Kart 7 and Minecraft Creeper styles exclusive to Europe.
A month later, in August, Nintendo announced a new version of the console in purple with silver accents, which would release in September 2018. Additionally, Nintendo confirmed that all future shipments of the Black + Blue, White + Orange and Purple + Silver models would come with a pre-installed copy of Mario Kart 7.
The system software of the New Nintendo 2DS XL is otherwise identical to that of the New Nintendo 3DS, remaining compatible with all games released for the 3DS (in two-dimensional mode only), DSi (including games with 3DS enhancements), DS (excluding those requiring the Game Boy Advance cartridge slot), and New Nintendo 3DS (such as Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and Fire Emblem Warriors), and offering online features such as Nintendo Network for multiplayer and online gaming, Nintendo eShop for downloading and purchasing games, and SpotPass and StreetPass.
IGN considered the New 2DS XL to be an improvement over the \"ugly doorstop-like\" 2DS, praising its incorporation of features from the New 3DS XL into a device with a thinner and more \"comfortable\" form factor. Other changes were noted, such as using flaps to protect the game and SD card slots (the latter also removing the need to use tools to access it), and better-feeling shoulder buttons than the New 3DS XL. Regressions were also noted, however, such as its screens having a \"washed out\" appearance and lacking contrast, the top screen having a mirror-like coat that diminished viewing angles, the speakers sounding \"muffled\", and the short length of the included stylus. The New 2DS XL was recommended for users who did not need 3D but still wanted to play the platform's exclusive titles.
TechRadar was similarly positive, but also noting that the hinge now protruded from the back of the device (thus making it look less streamlined when closed), its battery life was \"underwhelming\", and the timing of its launch was at odds with the release of Nintendo Switch.
New Nintendo 3DS XL Dimensions3.4 x 6.3 x .85 inches (closed) 3.69 x 6.3 x .85 inches (closed) Weight261 grams329 grams Screen 4.88 inches (upper) 4.18 inches touchscreen (lower)4.88 inches (upper) 4.18 inches touchscreen (lower) Resolution800 x 240800 x 240 GPU 804 MHz ARM11 MPCore quad-core 804 MHz ARM11 MPCore quad-core CPU4x VFPv2 Co-Processor 4x VFPv2 Co-Processor RAM256MB FCRAM, 10MB VRAM 256MB FCRAM, 10MB VRAM Storage4GB microSD included (replaceable)4GB microSD included (replaceable)SensorsGyroscope Gyroscope3D supportNoYesSpeakersStereoStereoBatteryLithium-ion 1300 mAh Lithium-ion 1400 mAhBattery life 3.5 to 7 hours 3.5 to 7 hoursNFC supportYes YesCameraFront, back Front, back PortsHeadphones Headphones Connectivity802.11b/g Wi-Fi802.11b/g Wi-Fi Price$120 $150DT review4 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars Availability NowNowDesign1. New Nintendo 3DS XL2. New Nintendo 2DS XLAt first glance, the two handhelds look almost identical, but a myriad of small differences between the two make them feel different to not just hold but also to play.
Both systems use stereo sound, but their locations differ. On the New Nintendo 3DS XL, the speakers are on both sides of the top screen, whereas on the New Nintendo 2DS XL, they are on the bottom of the handheld. Unfortunately, sound may be muffled due to this change, but as always, the 3DS is best heard with headphones.
While the game card is located on the bottom left in both models, the New Nintendo 2DS XL thankfully adds a cover, which mitigates the chance of accidentally ejecting a cartridge while playing. Additionally, the microSD card slot is found under the cover in the New Nintendo 2DS XL. In order to switch memory cards in the New Nintendo 3DS XL, you need to unscrew the back panel, so the change is certainly a welcome one.
As for the screens themselves, brightness has been kicked up a notch on the New Nintendo 2DS XL. This may cause some issues when playing in natural light, but besides that, image quality has increased vibrancy.
As clued in by its name, the New Nintendo 2DS XL lacks the initial differentiating factor of the 3DS family of systems: 3D. When the 3DS launched in 2011, one of its most intriguing selling points was its stereoscopic (sans glasses) 3D. However, as the years have passed, the interest in 3D has died down. If you ask a longtime 3DS owner how often they turn on 3D when playing their 3DS, chances are they will tell you that they rarely use the feature.
The extensive library of 3DS hits, including the handful of New Nintendo 3DS XL exclusives (most notably, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth), can be played on the New Nintendo 2DS XL without a hitch.
You can find the New Nintendo 2DS XL on the market at a price of $120. You can choose between three distinct Mario Kart 7 packages (black and turquoise, orange and white, and purple and silver). You also have the option to select several other colors that do not come in a package including black and turquoise, white and orange, purple, and a Pokéball design.
The Nintendo is considered to be a hybrid console, creating a happy medium between the Playstation and the Xbox. Although the Switch is more portable than the PS4 and Xbox, there are a few other ways the two consoles differ.
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Though I got to spend some hands-on time with the New Nintendo 2DS XL earlier this year, I was still anxious to use a proper production model in the comfort of my own home. After a couple of weeks, I can confirm that I really like this latest iteration, particularly its unique cosmetic and functional tweaks. However, the question remains: 781b155fdc