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- Colorful accents add style, while the sleek clamshell design makes it comfortable to hold and helps to keep screens safe from scratches when closed.
- A fast processor offers short loading times, so you can start playing in a snap. And it's all in a lightweight, play-anywhere package.
- The C Stick brings enhanced controls (like intuitive camera control) to compatible games, while ZL and ZR buttons give you plenty of options.
- Tap an amiibo figure to the near-field communication (NFC) reader on the lower screen to enjoy amiibo features in compatible games.
- You can play all Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS and most Nintendo DS games in 2D on this system. Includes AC adapter.
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"Gamers of all ages can play in style with the New Nintendo 2DS XL system. It gives you the power of the New Nintendo 3DS XL system in a streamlined, affordable package-and plays a huge library of games in 2D. Colorful accents add style, while the sleek clamshell design makes it comfortable to hold and helps to keep screens safe from scratches when closed. A fast processor offers short loading times, so you can start playing in a snap. And it's all in a lightweight, play-anywhere package. The C Stick brings enhanced controls (like intuitive camera control) to compatible games, while ZL and ZR buttons give you plenty of options. Tap an amiibo figure to the near-field communication (NFC) reader on the lower screen to enjoy amiibo features in compatible games. You can play all Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS and most Nintendo DS games in 2D on this system. Compared to Nintendo 2DS systems
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After playing with it a bit myself, it holds better than my New 3DS XL. The New 3DS XL isn't that much heavier, but it's more top heavy (the top screen is heavier on the 3DS XL). The 2DS XL feels good in your hands and is easy for his 10 year old hands to hold.
The screens are just as clear as my 3DSXL. They are still low resolution screens just like all the 3DS/2DS systems. Because the XL systems are bigger screens, the low resolution does look more blocky on an XL size vs the smaller 2DS/3DS systems. Since I play so many portable games on my 720p Switch now, it's even more apparent. It's not a big deal and the games are more than playable, but if you're new to 2DS/3DS it will be one of the first things you notice.
The only thing worse than my New 3DS XL is that the sound isn't as loud or as good. I'm a parent, so I'm not really complaining that it doesn't get louder. But if you're an adult, you'll want to know that.
One really awesome improvement is that the SD card and game cartridge is under a flap. It's easy to switch either, but you're not going to lose them. We were going through an airport with my kids all holding their 2DS systems as we went. All of a sudden a Pokemon cartridge shot out of my daughter's 2DS! There were a few times we almost lost cartridges out of 2DS systems! It may seem like a small thing, but I think the cover over the slots is a big deal.
The buttons are clicky and perfect. The size is great. I love that the screens are protected in the clampshell. We did get screen protectors for both screens. The hinge feels pretty sturdy so it should live up to my son's use unless he abuses it. I'm really happy with it and he's super excited.
He's been playing Pokemon Moon all day on it and he says it's faster than his 2DS. (Not all games are faster on the New 3DS/2DS, but Moon is--thanks for your comment Azazel!) I think the Switch is going to take over as both Nintendo's portable and console system and I'm really happy with that because it is a much better system (HD, better games, etc). But there are still tons of great 3DS/2DS games out and coming. I think this is perfect for my son for now. We're really happy with it, and I do suggest it!
"vs regular n3DS:
-almost as light
-almost same size so still pretty pocket friendly
-much less bezels while providing a hefty amount of larger screenage on both top and bottom screens
vs n3DS XL:
-slightly smaller so a little bit more pocket friendly than this model
-has a matte feel material on the bottom while top screen outer material has a more rubber like rugged pattern TPU feel to it so its not as finger print prone as the glossy n3DS XL models...but its still finger print prone
-screen is just as bright although maybe I'm just lucky getting a model with IPS screen instead of TN like some people are saying
-while hinge does make a snap sound when you open and close it its nowhere near as loud as the n3DS XL model so its less worrying
-rather squishy L/R and ZL/ZR shoulder buttons that require a little more effort to press than the sturdy buttons on the n3DS/XL
-while memory card is placed in a much more convenient spot the game cart also being there could be a pain if you own many physicals since you have to dig into the cart flap thing to access it, which is a pain if you don't have any fingernails and feels worse than the Switch's cart access bay imo
-the top screen and hinge feels flimsy as hell. On the 3DS models I feel like I can move and close the screen from anywhere without worrying to break the hinge on my own fault while on the 2DS XL I'm forcing myself to make it a habit to only open and close the hinge from only the middle
-that speaker placement...like seriously you can feel the vibrations if you set the volume on loud enough since the speakers are put on the bottom part of the handheld this time instead of the top screen part where your hands aren't anywhere near on the older models
-the main, main thing...no 3D of course
No comments on camera, camera placement, amiibos, internet connection differences etc as I haven't tried those yet.
I definitely recommend this over a n3DS/XL if you're upgrading from a 2DS. If you're coming from other 3DS lines older or the New lines then there are a good bit of things of compromise to consider if you're getting the 2DS XL. It feels really nice, I love it when handhelds feel completely different so that it helps me justify buying the model even if it doesn't really add anything to playing the games themselves. Heck I also have 4 versions of the Vita (3g, wifi only, slim, TV) But only 2 of them really feel the same with the fat OLEDs with wifi and 3G model although the 3G one has a brighter screen for some reason."
Edit: Added a pic for size and screen comparison to the other New 3DSes, the n3DS XL is actually just as bright its just raining in that part of Pokemon Moon so it looks a bit darker