Hot Switch sales boost Nintendo sales, trim quarterly loss

The new Nintendo 2DS XL will be available to buy on 28 July.

Nintendo has announced a new member to its mobile gaming family in the Nintendo 2DS XL handheld console.

With the launch of Switch - a device that combines a home console with a portable tablet - you might think that Nintendo would be moving on from the 3DS line of handhelds. The New 3DS's come with improved 3D and overall visuals, a C-stick for "more dynamic gameplay" (I've still yet to use it), and built-in amiibo functionality.

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Nintendo has also begun to offer games for smartphones, such as its smartphone action game 'Super Mario Run, ' reversing its earlier policy of shunning them.

The New Nintendo 2DS XL will launch on the same day as two new games for the Nintendo 3DS family: Hey! Portable Nintendo game systems are also the only dedicated video game systems where people can find their favorite characters and games. Oddly, the New 3DS XL package (which costs $50 more than the New 2DS XL) didn't include an AC adapter at launch and still doesn't today, so that's a welcome addition for the new model.

Nintendo's New 2DS XL is perhaps the logical successor to the 3DS that doesn't actually replace it, and represents an incredibly smart move in Nintendo's part.

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The system's release coincides with the debut of 2D platformer Hey! Previously, the 2DS was billed as an entry-level device for kids. The 2DS XL seems like a good option for gamers who do not own a 3DS console yet.

The new system will boast the same size screen as the 3DS XL systems, which are bigger than the regular 3DS. The first weekend sales of the Switch were better than any other console in the Japanese gaming giant's history.

As seen in the above trailer, July 28 will also see the release of new 3DS games Hey Pikmin and Miitopia.

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