The upcoming Nintendo New 2DS XL/LL obviously will be the next cheaper Nintendo handheld console after Switch. Even though this new device is supposed to be released several months later this Summer, we can now do a simple review based on what we know from New 2DS and its similarity with the New 3DS XL. In addition, since Nintendo New 2DS XL/LL will be using the same firmware as 3DS/NEW 3DS handhelds, we'll also give you the first New 2DS XL hacking guide.

Review on Nintendo New 2DS XL/LL
What is Nintendo New 2DS XL/LL?
It's one of the upcoming handheld consoles released by Nintendo in this July. The New 2DS XL is an upgraded version of the standard 2DS and actually features the same improved processor found in the New 3DS XL, which means that you will be able to play games that were once exclusive to the New 3DS and should also enjoy better frame rate stability in standard 3DS games.

The Design and Package
The new 2DS XL is designed to fit between 2DS and 3DS XL handheld consoles. It's lighter than 3DS XL but has the same dimensions, featuring a 4.88-inch primary display and 4.18-inch secondary display. Different from the 2DS which has a flat, tablet design, new 2DS XL has a folding clamshell design. This new device can play all 3DS games but in 2D effect, and also has larger screens. In all, the new Nintendo 2DS XL is a combination of the original 2DS and New 3DS XL.

Package list in the New 2DS XL box:

  • New Nintendo 2DS XL system
  • New Nintendo 2DS XL stylus
  • 4GB microSDHC memory card
  • AR Cards x6
  • Operations Manual
  • AC adapter

Compatible games and Softares
The new Nintendo 2DS XL can be used to play 3ds,ds,dsi,3ds eshop and Virtual console games, even the game titles exclusively for New 3DS consoles. By now there are more than 1000/5000 3ds/nds games in the market, which means you will be able to play over 6000 games on the New 2DS XL.

Function and Performance
The Nintendo New 2DS XL includes all the softwares, allowing you to play games, surf the internet, watch movies and other things within compatibility of the microSDHC card.

  • AR Games™
  • Face Raiders™
  • Mii Maker™
  • StreetPass™ Mii Plaza™
  • Activity Log
  • Nintendo eShop3
  • Nintendo 3DS™ Browser3
  • Nintendo 3DS™ Camera
  • Nintendo 3DS™ Sound

Nintendo New 2DS XL Hacking Guide
With Flashcards:
As with NDS games, a R4i Gold 3DS or R4i SDHC 3DS RTS card can be used to play nds games on New 2DS XL, as both these two flashcards can support the latest firmware.
For 3ds games, undoubtedly SKY3DS+ will be the best choice to play 3ds games on the Nintendo New 2DS XL, due to the fact that it supports the latest firmware and its operation is quite simple.

Without flashcards
Nowadays 3ds has been cracked by many different methods. Flashcard hacking is just one simple format of them, besides we can also hack the 3DS/NEW 3DS/2DS consoles with homebrew exploits or 3ds custom firmwares. However, after the New 2DS XL is released, it should be work with the latest 3DS Firmware version, which are usually patching the homebrew exploits or 3ds cfws like the Luma3ds. So whether or not we can use any exploits or 3ds cfws to hack the New 2DS XL still remains a question.