We'll have to admit, when the announcement for the New 2DS XL came through, we had to double check our calendars to make sure it wasn't April 1st. After the massively successful launch of the Nintendo Switch, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the 3DS would slowly but surely be put out to pasture, even though Nintendo has pledged to continue supporting it for the foreseeable future. Few would've guessed the announcement of a new model of 3DS would be made, and Reggie Fils-Aime has now spoken a bit on the rationale behind the new hardware.
Speaking with TIME Magazine, Reggie stated that the goal was to provide a model that falls somewhere in the middle of the line of 3DS consoles:
There is a visual impact difference between these different items, and we believe in our market by having these three different variants. 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.'
It'll certainly be fascinating to see how it sells once it's on shelves; if nothing else, we can be sure that Nintendo isn't going to be dropping support for the 3DS anytime soon.
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