With the announcement and release of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo promised their handheld operation would not be left behind. Well they are sticking to that promise as today Nintendo announced a new member to the 2DS family of consoles.
The New Nintendo 2DS XL will launch alongside two new games for the console, Miitopia and Hey! PIKMIN and will hit store shelves on July 28, 2017. It will come in a black/turquoise colour and will have the same size screen that can be found on the new 3DS XL. According to Nintendo the new console will have the same processing power as it’s 3D counterpart.
“This new addition to Nintendo’s portable hardware line demonstrates our commitment to the hand-held market,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “New Nintendo 2DS XL sports a beautiful clamshell design and offers a great balance between price and performance.”
It’s a peculiar move for a company that just released a home console you can take on the go. Though, the more affordable price point for this entry will appeal to parents and other gamers who may not have the disposable income to afford a new console just yet.
Nintendo also released the following information on two new and upcoming games to be released on the 3DS and 2DS consoles.
Hey! PIKMIN sees players guide Captain Olimar through 2D side-scrolling levels and collect Sparklium to refuel his crashed ship, the S.S. Dolphin 2, so he can escape the planet. The touch-screen controls let players choose the right Pikmin to toss at enemies and objects, which is critical to defeating foes and solving the many puzzles Olimar encounters during his adventure.
Band together with your Mii and Mii friends to explore your own personalized world of Miitopia. Cast Mii characters into various roles and watch hilarious scenes unfold as they work together to defeat the Dark Lord who has stolen the faces of townspeople of Miitopia. Players can bring in their created Mii characters from the Miitomo or Tomodachi Life games, or create their own Mii team in the game. This game has a lighthearted tone with traditional and strategic RPG-like elements, including customization, relationship building and team management.
Keep an eye out for the New Nintendo 2DS XL when it hits stores alongside Hey! PIKMIN and Miitopia on July 28, 2017.