New Nintendo 2DS XL upsizes the gaming, keeps the price low

UPDATE: UK release date information has now been added (price info still forthcoming). Revised article below.

If you thought the Nintendo Switch had signaled the end of the company’s previous generation of handheld consoles, think again – the house that Mario built has just announced that a new console, the New Nintendo 2DS XL, will be coming out this year.

Available from July 28 in the US and UK – in Australia it will arrive around a month and a half earlier on June 15 – the New 2DS XL will cost $149.99 (AU$199.95). At present, UK pricing information has yet to be revealed.

The console will launch in a (rather gorgeous) black/turquoise color in the US, while Australians will also be getting a second color option in white/orange.

The New Nintendo 2DS XL in white/orange.

The New Nintendo 2DS XL in white/orange.

In the States, the new handheld will launch alongside two brand new first-party Nintendo games: Hey! PIKMIN and Miitopia. In Australia, the games will release on July 29. 

Unlike with the previous 2DS handheld, which had a flat, slate-style design that kept both screens on the same plane, the New 2DS XL has adopted the clamshell design of its beloved Nintendo 3DS (or Nintendo’s Game & Watch handhelds from the ‘80s, if you want to get pedantic). 

As the name would suggest, the New 2DS XL will once again limit video games to just two dimensions, and will sport the same-sized screens as were featured on the Nintendo 3DS XL. It will also continue to support Nintendo DS titles.

Check out the official New Nintendo 2DS XL trailer below for a better look at the console in action. 

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.