Whenever anyone attached to Nintendo mentions they have an upcoming announcement related to the 3DS, I get a little antsy. As much as the kids and I enjoy our Nintendo Switch, it’s our 2DS/3DS systems that seem to travel with us everywhere–it’s been like that for as long as I can remember. This could explain why I’m always wary that the end of the now 6-year-old product line could be just around the corner.
To Nintendo’s credit, though, the company never ceases to reassure me that my fears are unfounded. Cindy Gordon, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Nintendo of America, was the most recent to smooth my ruffled feathers regarding the position of the aging 3DS within Nintendo’s growing new Switch and mobile ecosystems, saying:
With Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo 3DS family of systems and smart devices, we’re excited to offer people a variety of ways to have fun with their favorite Nintendo games and characters. If the history of portable Nintendo systems is any guide, we’ve seen that multiple systems can coexist in the marketplace at the same time. In fact, we just launched the New Nintendo 2DS XL system to round out our handheld lineup. By offering a range of devices at different price points and form factors, we can help people find and play the system that best fits their budget and gaming preferences.
And, of course, she’s right. The recently released New 2DS XL–which I quite like–certainly demonstrates Nintendo’s continued loyalty to the stalwart 3DS system and its legion of faithful fans. This commitment is only restated by their next handheld product release, a new (original) Nintendo 2DS system bundle.
This white-and-red Nintendo 2DS bundle (available August 25th) comes with New Super Mario Bros. 2 pre-installed, and it lists for the device’s longtime budget price of $79.99. Positioned alongside the New Nintendo 2DS XL ($149.99) and the New Nintendo 3DS XL ($199.99), it continues to round out a selection of dedicated portable gaming systems to fit any pocketbook.
The upcoming fall season will also be packed with plenty of 2DS/3DS titles for new system owners and longtime fans alike.
Monster Hunter Stories, a slightly more accessible introduction to the traditionally hardcore world of Monster Hunter, is slated to hit store shelves September 8th. Better yet, a special demo will be available via the eShop next month (August 10th) to give players an early taste of the Monster Hunter Stories experience.
It will be followed shortly by the return of legendary intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran in Metroid: Samus Returns. On September 15th, experience this reimagining of the stellar 1991 Game Boy title Metroid II: Return of Samus in all its side-scrolling glory.
Lastly, September 29th will see the arrival of Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters. Psychic Specters promises to offer the full Yo-kai Watch 2 experience, now expanded with new quests, new areas to explore, and even more weird, wonderful Yo-kai to battle and befriend. Players of the original Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls versions can even transfer their save data to this new game and pick up where they left off.
As you can see, the noble Nintendo 3DS isn’t going anywhere in the foreseeable future. Moreover, this fall is shaping up to be a particularly exciting season for portable gamers. So, even as the summer wanes and the arrival of a new school year looms large, charge up that system and get ready for even more fun from Nintendo’s successful and still satisfying dual-screened dynamo!