Nintendo on the 2DS XL: We wanted something between 2DS and 3DS XL

The Nintendo 2DS XL took everyone by surprise when it was announced recently. With all the hype about the Switch, Nintendo decided to reveal a new handheld console.

And now they’ve shared their thoughts on just why the need for a 2DS XL.

According to Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime, the company wanted something between the entry-level 2DS, and the top of the line 3DS XL. He told Time:

“The Nintendo 2DS really focused on that entry level gamer, the four-, five-, six-year old that is just getting into gaming, but wants to play Mario Kart, wants to have a Super Mario Bros. experience, wants to play Pokémon. And we feel with Nintendo 3DS XL at $199 that it’s a fully-featured product, that it is, if you will, the Cadillac of handheld gaming. And then we heard from consumers, ‘Boy, I wish there was something in between.'”

And that’s exactly what the 2DS XL is: right between the 2DS and the 3DS XL. Even price-wise, the 2DS XL is right in the middle: it retails for $150, compared to $100 for the 2DS and $200 for the 3DS XL.

The 2DS XL will launch on July 28. Nintendo has assured consumers that there won’t be any supply issues with the new console.