Nintendo launched the new 2DS XL a few days ago, but today, company officials revealed that Nintendo 2DS will hit the shelves in the US next month. The bundle will have a red-and-white handheld as well as a digital copy of the New Super Mario Bros 2. North American players will be able to put hands on the bundle on August 25th. Its retail price is set at $79.99.
As a matter of fact, this is the same bundle that was launched on the European markets in 2014. The 2DS does not have a clamshell design, but it is still capable of running 3DS games without the 3D option.
The announcement about the upcoming release of the 2Ds bundle was well-accepted although it created a slight confusion among customers. The confusion stemmed from the fact that the New Nintendo 2DS XL is here. The latter has the same features as the New Nintendo 3DS except for the 3D functionality. The processor, as well as the built-in amiibo support and the clamshell design, make it superior to the 2DS.
However, people with knowledge of the matter say that the arrival of the 2DS bundle makes sense as the company targets customers who cannot afford the more expensive Nintendo-branded devices. In other words, the Nintendo 2DS is considered the best budget option for customers with tight budgets.
In a recent interview, the Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime said that the 2DS is a device suitable for entry-level players who are just getting into gaming. The 3DS XL is said to be the “Cadillac of handheld gaming”, while the 2DS XL is in the happy medium between the superior 3DS XL and the basic 2DS.
As reported by RealGear, Nintendo has ended the New 3DS console production in Japan. A few days later, the company announced that the New 3DS has been discontinued in North America and Europe, too.
As for last week’s releases, the New 2DS XL hit the shelves along with two new 3DS games – the Miitopia and Hey Pikmin, respectively. Although the overall impression is that they are good picks some players claim they are less stellar than expected.