Nintendo recently announced the release of the 2DS XL which, like the 3DS XL, includes a larger screen size, more powerful hardware, and the ability to close the screens. However, it still only runs in 2D and thus retains the more budget price.
There are now quite a few versions of the DS available and it has caused some gamers to wonder exactly who the 2DS XL is aimed at. In an interview with Time, Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime explained that the 2DS XL is for gamers looking for something in between the 2DS and 3DS XL.
“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.'”