Nintendo Quietly Announces New, Affordable DS

Nintendo just announced the newest member of their DS line of products, dubbed the New 2DS XL. It will retail for only $150. While it shares the “2DS” name, the clam shell design that originated from the GBA SP and has transferred to the subsequent DS, DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL, 3DS, 3DS XL, new 3DS, and new 3DS XL is back, causing the original 2DS to be nothing but a blip in the pattern of clam shell designs. Hence the name, the new device will not have the 3D capabilities of the last couple DS generations, but that was a very underused feature, and nobody will miss it.

Fans of the pre-3DS handheld consoles will appreciate the design of the new 2DS. It has large screens and an ergonomic design. Unlike the older DS models, however, the new 2DS XL has dual analog sticks in a placement similar to the new 3DS.

At release, the 2DS XL will come in two colors: white+orange or blue+black. The design will be slightly different than previous models, with rounded corners accented with orange or blue.

This announcement was very unexpected. There was no big press meeting like there have been for the past few Nintendo consoles, but instead a quieter announcement. Another factor that led to this being a surprising announcement was that, until now, many people believed that the DS line was dead, being replaced by the Switch. But it seems that Nintendo is sticking with the handhelds that have sold millions and millions of units.

This new DS could either turn out being a steaming pile of plastic garbage, or it could turn out to be one of the best of the DS line that Nintendo has release. Time will only tell.


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