This new Nintendo 2DS looks like a Pokeball



Sometimes, a single picture tells the whole story. 

Nintendo has a new version of its 2DS XL dual-screen folding handheld game system. It looks like a Pokeball, those things you throw to catch and enslave monsters in the popular Pokemon series of games. It"s coming out in the US on Nov. 3 for an undisclosed price, though it"ll probably be the same $150/£130/AU$200 you"d pay for the vanilla version today.

And unless Nintendo"s wised up about supply and demand -- its recent decision to produce more NES Classics is a good omen, I suppose -- you"ll never, ever be able to buy one.

I guess that"s not the entire story, though, because there are other versions of the 2DS XL coming as well.

Like this delicious (50-50 bar, anyone?) orange-and-white variant coming on Oct. 6:

The new Orange and White New Nintendo #2DSXL arrives October 6th.

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 13, 2017

Or these purple- and green-highlight versions headed (exclusively?) to Japan on Oct. 5:

Newニンテンドー2DS LLの新色も10月5日に発売。 #NintendoDirectJP

— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) September 13, 2017

And if you"re truly not embarassed to proclaim your love for Pokemon in public, you could import this Pikachu-faced variant:

Pikachu 2DS LL Japan


Choices, choices. 

All of these devices were announced during a Nintendo Direct livestream today, along with an awful lot of Nintendo Switch game news. The highlights:

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is coming Dec.1, and there"s a $100 Special Edition that looks pretty sweet.
  • Doom is coming to Nintendo Switch this holiday.
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will be released on the Switch in 2018.
  • Fire Emblem Warriors will officially launch Oct. 20, and just added my favorite character to the lineup. (What"s a Fire Emblem?)
  • Skyrim is coming to Switch on Nov. 17.
  • L.A. Noire is coming to Switch on Nov. 14, if you missed the announcement last week.
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