Review: Nintendo New 2DS XL

In his book Console Wars, Blake Harris reveals a mantra that video game industry insiders spouted in the ’80s: “the name of the game is the game.” Translation: If you don’t have awesome games on offer, there’s no point in trying.

Early adopters know the struggle. It’s the reason why I haven’t bought a Nintendo Switch yet—I don’t think it has enough solid games.

It’s the same reason why I think the Nintendo New 2DS XL is worth a look for kids and adults alike. OK, so it’s not the new hotness, not by any stretch, but this portable system has accumulated a staggering library of games.

Want to jump into the latest Pokémon game? It’s on the New 2DS XL. Love wailing on Super Smash Bros? Come and get it. Let’s say you prefer a laugh-out-loud funny romp: Mario and Luigi are present and accounted for. Maybe you’d like to revisit a childhood favorite? Remakes of Star Fox 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask are both available. Gotta have your Mario fix? Super Mario 3D Land is one of the best Nintendo’s ever made.