I Don't Like The 2DS XL
By: Jake Martin
Nintendo just announced that they will be releasing the Nintendo 2DS XL this coming summer. If you aren't sure of what this system is, it's basically a 2D version of the "New Nintendo 3DS." If you're confused, then you've already made my point.
Let's take a step back:
Currently, it is very hard to find a Switch in stores as they are selling out faster than Nintendo can restock them. To help keep stores supplied Nintendo has even resorted to alternate, more costly, methods to help with demand. All of this to keep up supply for people who want their new handheld/home console hybrid.
Full disclosure, I have the Switch, and I love it. It feels like for the first time in a while, more than just the hardcore fanbase are invested in what Nintendo has to offer, and that feels good to say.
So on top of the RIDICULOUS decision to cease production of the NES Classic, and releasing yet ANOTHER iteration of the DS, it seems that Nintendo is all about not making money and confusing customers. Bravo.
My main concerns are with the supply constraints that Nintendo is already facing, as well as splintering their audience and keeping internal teams spread too thin.
If they had to "cease production" of the NES Classic so they could focus production resources for the Switch, I'd be fine with that. Unfortunately, it seems they are freeing up resources for the 2DS XL.
Keep in mind that currently we have the Nintendo 2DS, the 3DS, the 3DS XL, the New 3DS, the New 3DS XL, and last but certainly not least, the newest member of the DS Family, the 2DS XL.
If that list seems like too many different models of the DS, then you're absolutely right! In what world do we need 6 different iterations of a handheld console that all play the exact same games?
I also believe that the Switch can serve the handheld market if Nintendo allows it. Yes, it's smart not to put all of your eggs in one basket, but Nintendo has too many baskets. Once you've played a game like Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the go, it's hard to go back to the DS. More resources on the Switch could ultimately lead to that proper Metroid sequel we've all wanted. Shoot, we could even see an awesome Pokémon game!
All that to say, I can't wait to see Nintendo go fully in on the Switch. Right now they're playing it safe, which is all fine and dandy, but if they want the Switch to succeed and be the next big thing, I think they need to be confident in the product they have. I am!
Yes, a lot of my thoughts are pretty outlandish and more passion-driven than anything, but what do you think? Do you like the idea of the 2DS XL? What do you think Nintendo should do? Sound off in the comments below.