The release of the Nintendo Switch caused a lot of speculation over the future for the 3DS XL and the 2DS. By designing a hybrid home/portable console, Nintendo seemed to indicate that they may be aiming to replace the solely handheld consoles. However the announcement of the 2DS XL quickly ended the speculation over the future of portable gaming from Nintendo. Reggie Fils-Aime, the president for Nintendo America, recently spoke to Time and explained the company’s vision for the new 2DS XL.
“we believe in our market by having these three different variants”
Reggie explained that the 2DS and 3DS XL both targeted different audiences, thus there was space in the market for the new console. He said that the 2DS appealed more to a younger “entry level gamer” who is “just getting into gaming”; whereas the 3DS XL is viewed as “a fully-featured product”, described as the “Cadillac of handheld gaming”. With these two products targeted towards two opposite types of customer, Reggie stated that the consumer wished “there was something in between.”
The Nintendo Switch had incredible sales figures for its release, and Nintendo has revealed they want to achieve the same figures that the Wii did. The company hasn’t released any information regarding predicted sales figures for the new 2DS XL, but it will be interesting to see how big that gap in the market really is. Either way it’s promising to see that Nintendo isn’t ending their production for the sole handheld consoles any time soon!