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Nintendo Announces a New Version of the 2DS alongside a New Handheld Pikmin Title

Jack Gardner



Not a huge fan of the 3D features or price of the New 3DS? Nintendo has got you covered with their latest announcement. 


In a recent release, Nintendo revealed that the New 2DS XL will be releasing this coming July. The new New 2DS will adopt the hinged design of the 3DS line, but ditch all the 3D features that the core handheld has offered since launch (with the exception of the previous 2DS). This new version of the handheld will be thinner, boast screen sizes on par with its New 3DS counterpart, and offer built-in amiibo support. The faster processing power of the 2DS XL means that it will be able to play older games more smoothly as well as tackling the more graphics intensive games that were exclusive to the New 3DS like Xenoblade Chronicles. 


Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's president and COO, proclaimed that, “this new addition to Nintendo’s portable hardware line demonstrates our commitment to the hand-held market. New Nintendo 2DS XL sports a beautiful clamshell design and offers a great balance between price and performance.”


The New 2DS XL will launch on July 28 and retail for $149.99, about $50 cheaper than the current price of the New 3DS XL. If you're someone in the market for a new handheld and don't truck with all that 3D flim-flam because of vision issues or personal preference, a cheaper alternative will soon be available. 


While the trailer only shows a black/blue unit being sold, the system will also be available in white/orange-yellow. 



Hey! Pikmin invites players into a 2D, side-scrolling world unlike any Pikmin title before. This new adventure has players guiding Captain Olimar through increasingly difficult levels to collect fuel for his newly crashed spaceship, the S.S. Dolphin 2.


"Where are the pikmin?" you might ask. Never fear! Olimar continues to guide Pikmin in his efforts to repair his vessel. Players use the touchscreen to select which of the colorful creatures to hurl at obstacles or monsters. 


The new title launches the same day as the New 2DS XL, July 28. 


Incidentally, another game called Miitopia launches the same day. It's a light strategy/RPG game that uses characters you've collected or created for your Mii Plaza, Miitomo app, or Tomodachi Life game to populate a world loosely based on the built-in RPG-lite adventure that comes installed on the 3DS line of systems. 

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