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Nintendo Announces The New 2DS XL

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Just because the Switch can go places doesn’t mean Nintendo is done announcing mobile hardware.

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Meet the New 2DS XL. It’ll be out in July 28 (the same day as Hey Pikmin and Miitopia) in the US and will retail for $150.

And it looks...really nice. If this is how the 3DS line goes out, then it’s going out in style.

It’s basically a New 3DS XL, only without the 3D effects. There’s a C-stick, Amiibo support, Z-buttons and its compatible with all of the games exclusive to the New 3D XL.

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There’s a black & blue colour scheme in the US trailer above, but the handheld’s Japanese site also shows this hot white & gold number:

Illustration for article titled Nintendo Announces The New 2DS XL
Illustration for article titled Nintendo Announces The New 2DS XL
Illustration for article titled Nintendo Announces The New 2DS XL

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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