The Nintendo 2DS XL took everyone by surprise when it was announced recently. With all the hype about the Switch, Nintendo decided to reveal a new handheld console.

And now they’ve shared their thoughts on just why the need for a 2DS XL.

According to Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime, the company wanted something between the entry-level 2DS, and the top of the line 3DS XL. He told Time:

“The Nintendo 2DS really focused on that entry level gamer, the four-, five-, six-year old that is just getting into gaming, but wants to play Mario Kart, wants to have a Super Mario Bros. experience, wants to play Pokémon. And we feel with Nintendo 3DS XL at $199 that it’s a fully-featured product, that it is, if you will, the Cadillac of handheld gaming. And then we heard from consumers, ‘Boy, I wish there was something in between.’”

And that’s exactly what the 2DS XL is: right between the 2DS and the 3DS XL. Even price-wise, the 2DS XL is right in the middle: it retails for $150, compared to $100 for the 2DS and $200 for the 3DS XL.

The 2DS XL will launch on July 28. Nintendo has assured consumers that there won’t be any supply issues with the new console.



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