Nintendo 2DS XL
The new Nintendo 2DS XL has just been unveiled. YouTube/Nintendo

Nintendo is continuously expanding its range of gaming platforms, especially with the recent addition of the Nintendo 2DS XL. A fresher take on the original 2DS, the 2DS XL boasts improved graphics and shorter loading times thanks to its fast processor. With its screens enlarged by 82% next to its predecessor, it allows players to enjoy games as they would on another Nintendo handheld, such as the 3DS. However, the original 3DS may be on its last legs, as Nintendo has just announced that it will no longer have support for the aforementioned handheld console, seeing as it will no longer be repairing such models.

“Note About Original Nintendo 3DS repairs: Nintendo no longer offers factory repairs for the original Nintendo 3DS system,” reads the company’s statement regarding the original 3DS. “Newer Nintendo 3DS family products (including the Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS) are still being repaired. If you aren’t sure which system you have, check the serial number on the back of your system. If the serial number begins with CW, you have an original Nintendo 3DS system.”

Moving on towards a newer iteration of Nintendo’s line of handhelds with the 2DS XL seems like the most logical step to take moving forward. The 2DS XL features a design quite similar to the 3DS XL’s, only it lacks the obvious 3DS functionality. On the other hand, players will at least be able to enjoy Amiibo features in compatible games thanks to the 2DS XL’s built-in Amiibo support. Furthermore, the 2DS XL is also capable of playing titles for the original Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS, and even some Nintendo DS games.

Similar to the New Nintendo 3DS, the 2DS XL also features a C stick which provides improved controls and adds to the intuitive camera experience. With all these features, picking up a 2DS XL must be practically a no-brainer for some by now. Nintendo’s announcement stating that it will no longer have support for the original 3DS is all the more reason to take the plunge and update the Nintendo handheld gaming experience with a new model. So long as the 3D feature is something that players can do without, the Nintendo 2DS XL is the next best thing for Nintendo handheld consoles.