Nintendo is finally bringing a clamshell version of its 2DS handheld console to consumers, called the New Nintendo 2DS XL, and Polygon was able to go hands on with it a couple of days ago. Watch the video above for our detailed impressions.
The console is the “stopgap between the 2DS and the New 3DS,” according to Polygon’s senior reporter Allegra Frank. The New 2DS XL doesn’t have any 3D capabilities, much like the original 2DS that was released in 2013. Unlike that version, however, which had an elongated body and couldn’t bend, the New 2DS XL takes on the 3DS’ popular clamshell shape, making it much more portable and easier to carry.
The New 2DS XL feels like a “lighter, more ergonomically designed system” and the difference is pretty noticeable.
The New 2DS XL will be available to purchase in the United States as of July 28. It will cost $149.99 and come in a black/turquoise color scheme. For more information on how the console feels in comparison to the other handhelds available from Nintendo, be sure to check out Polygon’s coverage.