By practically all measures, Nintendo found itself a winner in the Switch. Sales are through the roof and surely investors couldn’t be happier. As the Switch can be both a home console and a mobile device, we figured the DS/3DS/2DS line was kaput. And then they went ahead and announced this thing. It’s called the New Nintendo 2DS XL.

It’s a pretty confusing decision, unless Nintendo sees this like how it saw the Game Boy Micro (except XL instead of XS). It’s not meant to be a volume seller, but rather a beautiful swan song for the DS/3DS/2DS family. Maybe.

Unlike the regular Nintendo 2DS, which is shaped like a solid wedge, the New Nintendo 2DS XL features a “new ergonomic, folding design.” You know, like the 3DS family. Indeed, this is pretty much the New 3DS XL without the 3D part. You get the extra Z shoulder buttons and the C-stick, as well as Amiibo support.

And yes, you can play all of those games that were previously only compatible with the New 3DS XL, just without the 3D part of it. In Japan, they’ll get the white and gold version shown above. In North America, you can expect the black and blue version shown in the trailer. The New 2DS XL will sell for $150 when it ships July 28, coinciding with the launch of Hey Pikmin and Miitopia.

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