You’d think that most of Nintendo’s focus would be on the Switch at the moment, but even a new console launch isn’t stopping Nintendo from refining its existing platforms. Late last night, Nintendo introduced the New 2DS XL, keeping with the confusing naming convention it’s used for the 3DS. In order to dispel some of that confusion, here are five things you need to know about Nintendo’s latest handheld.
1. It’s an upgraded version of the 2DS
That the New 2DS XL is an upgraded version of the standard 2DS might be obvious when you see the clamshell design of this new device, but there are under-the-hood improvements present as well. The New 2DS XL actually features the same improved processor found in the New 3DS XL. This means that you’ll be able to play games that were once exclusive to the New 3DS and should also enjoy better frame rate stability in standard 3DS games – just don’t be surprised to see frame rate issues persist in some games like Pokemon Sun and Moon, regardless of how good the processor is.
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