Despite its overwhelming success, its positive impact on Nintendo’s financial year and future, the recent release of company’s new system – the Nintendo Switch – complicated things for consumers in terms of choice of device. On the one side, there’s this new hybrid console that you can play at home on your TV and on-the-go, and on the other side there’s the range of 3DS family products that offers the same kind of on-the-go experience. And with the soon-to-be-released New Nintendo 2DS XL, the frontier is even more dim.
Of course, as experienced players we all know the differences between a 2DS/3DS and a Switch. But for the common folk, the father who’s about to buy a new console for his children’s birthday, the businesswoman that travels a lot and wants some fun during her trips, or the millennial who discovered got hooked with Pokémon GO and wants to up the game. What is going to make them choose one device over another?
Interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo of America’s president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime shared his opinion on the matter. According to him, the experience between the fully handheld New 2DS XL (and by extension the whole 3DS family) and the hybrid Switch is a bit different. And all in all, there’s essentially a price difference, which will be the main argument to decide which device to buy. Here’s his full statement on the subject:
The gaming experience is a bit different. The Switch is more powerful than the 2DS and 3DS machines, and has other hardware differences. A key one: a DS is smaller than the Switch tablet, making it easier to fit into a pocket or backpack. For many consumers, the decision to buy one Nintendo device over another likely will come down to price. At $299, a Switch costs about double a new 2DS XL. Having multiple Switches is expensive.