10:04am PT by Patrick Shanley
Nintendo Announces New 2DS XL Portable Gaming System for July
Nintendo's ever-growing line of handheld games just got a little longer.
The video game giant on Friday announced the latest addition to the 3DS family of portable systems with the new Nintendo 2DS XL, which will be available on July 28, launching the same day as two new games: Hey! PIKMIN and Miitopia.
The new system will boast the same size screen as the 3DS XL systems, which are bigger than the regular 3DS. Here are the measurements — Upper: 4.88 inches (diagonal); Lower: 4.18 inches (diagonal)
It also has the same power capacity, yet weighs two ounces less, and sports a clamshell design in black and turquoise. Gamers who own games for previous 3DS systems will also be able to enjoy their games on the new 2DS XL.
As the system's name implies, visuals will be displayed in 2D only.
Hey! PIKMIN, one of the two new games that will hit stores alongside the new system, will utilize the 2DS XL's touch-screen controls as players guide franchise regular Captain Olimar through 2D side-scrolling levels to escape an alien world. In Miitopia, players will use their own Mii character alongside other players' avatars to explore their own personalized world.