6 Reasons Why You Need the Nintendo 2DS XL

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* New clamshell design made for extra comfort and portability
* Updated look and feel offers same great gameplay in a smaller package
* Faster processor helps cut back on load times

With the Switch breaking records left and right, we’re not surprised Nintendo took it upon themselves to release an updated handheld console. Fortunately, the 2DS XL is the best one yet. It’s every bit as powerful (if not more so) than the bigger, pricier 3DS alternative, and it comes with a bunch of smart updates.

Here’s a quick look at what makes the 2DS XL so great.

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1. It Ditches the Dated 3D Gimmick

The most noticeable change in the 2DS XL is the absence of 3D capability. While it was cool in theory (and admittedly some people still love it), it never really took off the way Nintendo thought it would. Instead, it turned out to be little more than a gimmick gamers used once or twice but then basically forgot about. Now, the 2DS XL ditches the 3D option and instead focuses on creating a more updated handheld console.


2. It Looks and Feels Way Better

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It’s slightly smaller, slightly more comfortable and slightly faster too. With the same sharp graphics card and a nice new textured back cover (seen above), the 2DS XL feels like a more updated DS in every sense of the word. It also includes the same back buttons the newer 3DS consoles have and still utilizes Nintendo’s Amiibo technology.


3. It’s Cheaper Than the 3DS XL

It might be a number down, but don’t be fooled by the 2DS XL: it’s every bit as powerful (if not more so) than it’s bigger, pricier 3DS alternative. And at only $150, the 2DS XL is a much cheaper alternative to 3DS. It also offers the exact same hardware under the hood (minus the 3D, of course). Add to that the updated look and design and you got yourself one heck of a deal.


4. They Finally Moved the MicroSD Card

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Another nice touch is the new location of the SD card. On the 3DS XL you need to manually unscrew the back cover to swap out SD cards, but with the 2DS XL version it’s conveniently located right next to the game cartridge slot. Unlike 3DS models, this one also comes with a charger.


5. It Works With Exclusive 3DS Games

Worried it’s not compatible with your exclusive 3DS games? No problem, the 2DS XL plays everything, including those exclusive 3DS games. And like the 3DS it’s also virtual console compatible. That means old N64 classics like Ocarina of Time and SNES games like Super Metroid will work just fine.


6. It’s Sleeker, Smaller and Lighter

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In fact, the 2DS XL is about 25% lighter than the 3DS XL, and it’s also noticeably thinner. But what’s so impressive here is that even though it sports the same screen size as the 3DS, it’s more streamlined to allow for slightly faster processing power, making it both smaller and arguably stronger.

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