Nintendo – who, when it comes to marketing strategy, simply love to keep you guessing – have today announced another SKU in the 3DS family line, the New 2DS XL.
As the name suggests, the New 2DS XL combines the features of the New 3DS XL; improved processing power, dual rear cameras, amiibo support, the c-stick and new trigger buttons. Equally obvious, is the 2DS variant’s omission – there’s no stereoscopic 3D.
The New 2DS XL has a redesigned clamshell design too, bringing it in line with the rest of the family rather than the child-friendly hinge-free wedge we saw on the 2DS.
Nintendo’s New 2DS XL has a suggested retail price of $150 in the US, with UK retailers listing it at ~£130 ahead of release July 28th, 2017.
Does this mean we’ll see more 3DS line games, as Nintendo firmly position their new hybrid console Switch as a home machine?
Another unexpected announcement coming from Nintendo today was the news that the company will not be hosting a traditional Press Conference during this year’s E3 event.
“Finally, the video game tradeshow E3 will be held in Los Angeles this June. Again this year, we will not be hosting a large-scale press conference for institutional investors, analysts and the media. Nintendo of America will present further information on our plans at a later date.” – Tatsumi Kimishima, Nintendo President, Financial Results Briefing 2017
This isn’t the first time Nintendo have skipped the conferences, opting to host Direct or Treehouse digital presentations instead, but many expected a return to the stage after the launch of Switch in March.