As I mentioned in my Editorial piece this week, I still love my New Nintendo 3DS XL. It’s got an amazing catalog of games, it’s got an excellent display, and it’s an extremely portable way to game on the go. If you don’t see yourself purchasing a Switch anytime soon (or even if you do), today’s New 2DS XL is an excellent entry point into the Nintendo 3DS library.
While the device doesn’t have the 3D functionality, it does have all of the other features of the New 3DS XL: the second joystick nub, the extra shoulder buttons, and the faster processor. I find that I play most games without the 3D on; and though it can be a fun gimmick and can provide helpful depth to games like Super Mario 3D Land, the game plays just as well without it. Besides, over time Nintendo has become much less attached to the feature as the life of the 3DS has progressed. Games like Pokemon Sun/Moon have essentially no 3D whatsoever, and that’s perfectly fine with me.
If you’re interested in venturing into the 3DS line before it’s over, now seems like a great time to do it. If you do, I’d recommend taking a look through some of the many “Best Games on the 3DS” list to make a plan for your playtime. You’ll definitely have enough to keep you busy if you’re anything like me.