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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
- Colorful accents add style, while the sleek clamshell design makes it comfortable to hold. A fast processor offers short loading times
- The C Stick brings enhanced controls (like intuitive camera control) to compatible games, while ZL and ZR buttons give you plenty of options
- You can play all Nintendo 3DSand most Nintendo DS games in 2D on this system. Compared to Nintendo 2DS systems
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Step up to XL screens in a lightweight, go-anywhere system. 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. 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 (sold separately) to the near-field communication (NFC) reader on the lower screen to enjoy amiibo features in compatible games. You can play all Nintendo 3DSand most Nintendo DS games in 2D on this system. Compared to Nintendo 2DS systems
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I purchased this 2DS XL to replace my Nintendo DS Lite that broke about two years ago. During that two year period I didn't game at all, but I wanted to get something I could play Pokemon on. I knew I wanted something from the DS family again, particularly because the Nintendo shop has all of the old Pokemon games!
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: So far this has been a great device.
-It looks and feels great--the white and orange were less "kiddy" looking than the blue/black model.
-The battery has been generous. I play a lot and leave it on sleep a lot and it hasn't drained too quickly.
-The hinge is a bit loose--don't be too alarmed about this. After some googling it seems that this is how the 2DS XL is made and it's probably made to improve durability of the product. It doesn't shake or move at all while you're playing and it's not something you notice.
-Screens are big, bright, and beautiful!
-Complaints about speakers being average/mediocre are accurate; the speakers certainly are adequate, but they're not great and at max volume there's even a bit of vibration in the device. However, this is immaterial for my situation because I either use earbuds or go with no sound.
-Stylus is too small. I don't use the stylus usually so it's not a big deal, but it does stink that Nintendo couldn't make this entire package perfect by finding a way to include an adequately sized stylus. I know some of you will likely need to use a stylus for other games that I don't play, and you're probably going to be frustrated by the need to have a third party stylus or one of your old ones.
The 2DS is a big door stop goofy looking thing. The 3DS XL isn't for me because (1) I'm not into the 3D gimmick and (2) the buttons and sliders and and all that are too much for me. This 2DS XL was a perfect balance for me and I'm glad they released something like this for in between gamers like me, who want an adequate Nintendo DS but do not want the little kid one or the expensive 3D one. I had the original Nintendo DS when it came out and then a Nintendo DS Lite; this 2DS XL feels like those devices moreso than the 3DS ones.
Functionally everything feels the same as the 3DS, everything plays great and the handheld is comfortable in hand. The weight difference is definitely noticeable. I can hold the 2DS longer and more comfortably that I could the heavier 3DS XL.
The few negatives I have I've seen voiced elsewhere as well. For starters the stylus is in a slightly annoying spot, at least to me. It being located on the side of the 3DS XL it was easy while playing to pull it in and put it back when needed, now though with it located on the bottom of the handheld plus it having a rounded end that fits the contours of the console, it can be a little more finicky to pull out and put back into the console. Not a huge annoyance but annoying enough that it doesn't feel as good as the previous system.
The cart and sd card cover. This isn't a big issue again more of a minor annoyance. To insert games or replace the sd card you have to pull out the cover which is attached to the console with a rubber latch of sorts. To access the game cart you'll have to open this hatch and hold it down while ejecting and inserting a game, or replacing the sd card. This isn't something you'd likely be doing a ton, but it is a slight annoyance when before it was such an easy process.
My last gripe is with the power button and its location. Personally occasionally I'll rest the bottom of the console on a desk or table if I'm playing at a surface, and I've managed to press the power button in a couple times in my limited use. Again, not a huge issue, but in the pattern of minor annoyances with this system so far its a bummer to see this tried and true handheld with such a rich library of games, have numerous minor hitches that can be annoying compounded together.
One issue likely specific to me is a small amount of backlight bleed in the screen, there is a thin strip of light that bleeds out next to the screen itself in dark areas. Not an issue to me but might frustrate others if they run into the same defect.
The big question for anyone buying is why to get this over the New 3DS XL. For me it was strictly to be rid of the headache inducing 3D screen, the cheaper cost at only $150, and the lighter weight. Beyond that some might find the layout changes to the system frustrating, and if you enjoy the 3D effect in enough games you probably don't want to give it up for the benefits I myself get.