Nintendo adds 2DS XL to handheld line-up

The Nintendo 2DS XL will be available to purchase in the US starting July 28. These new Nintendo games will offer fun new experiences for New Nintendo 2DS XL device owners, and for owners of any Nintendo 3DS handheld gaming device. Will this mean there will be more New 3DS games?

Nintendo announced the latest new hardware variation in the 3DS family: The New 2DS XL, Thursday.

Remember when Nintendo's handhelds were clearly named (GameBoy, GameBoy Pocket, GameBoy Color, GameBoy Advance) and didn't sound like a word jumble?

Users will be able to play all games from the massive library of 3DS, New 3DS and DS games in 2D, including classic titles such Mari Kart, Super Smash Bros. and Legend of Zelda.

You still get the same clamshell design of the current DS consoles but this comes in cool new black and turquoise or white and orange colour options. In its usual understated way, the company said in its 2016 annual fiscal report that the launch "promising" and said it expects to sell more than 10 million in fiscal year 2017, ending next March, for a total of nearly 13 million.

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The 2DS XL features the same 4.8-inch display found on the 3DS XL.

In Japan, Nintendo sold 600,000 Switch units between March 3, when the hardware launched, and March 31, when the financial quarter ended.

The New Nintendo 2DS XL will cost $150 when it debuts in the USA on July 28.

Things are suddenly looking a lot rosier for Nintendo after the previous disappointment of the Wii U. The company is projecting it will sell 10 million Switches in the coming year, though one analyst thinks it could be more than 15 million. 3DS software sales reached 55.08 million, a 14% increase on a year-on-year basis.

Nintendo only today reported a massive 521% profit boost in its fiscal year 2016 earnings, bolstered by a diverse portfolio and strong Nintendo Switch sales.

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