Product Comparison: Nintendo 2DS XL vs Nintendo Switch

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General Specifications
About the Product
The new clamshell-design system will be available in a stylish Black + Turquoise colour, as well as White + Orange, and will use the same size large screen found on New Nintendo 3DS XL systems. As the name of the new system implies, visuals will be displayed in 2D only. The system is lighter but still packs the same power as New Nintendo 3DS XL, and has built-in NFC support for amiibo cards and figures. It can play the massive library of quality Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games in 2D.
Nintendo Switch is designed to go wherever you do, transforming from home console to portable system in a snap. So you get more time to play the games you love, however you like.
Key Specs
Screen Resolution
240 p
720 p
Game Sources
Nintendo DS cartridge, Nintendo eShop
Nintendo Switch game cards, Nintendo eShop
Internal Memory
4 GB
32 GB
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Nintendo 2DS XL Handheld Console
  • The screens are better than I expected, with ample brightness, and after having played a lot of hours on it, good enough resolution.
  • The memory card is easily accessible so it can be replaced with a larger one if preferred.
  • It seems a bit odd that this only has 400x240 pixel resolution, especially notable since the mobile gaming has been doing 1080p for years.
  • Screen is insultingly low resolution and the build quality is hyper basic.
  • Unfortunately, the bigger screens do NOT mean higher resolution. While the screens are quite a bit larger than the 3DS, the resolution is the same, which results in ugly stretched pixels.
Nintendo Switch Handheld Game Console
  • Bought for myself for Christmas, works great. Screen resolution is really good, Mario is very clear and no lag or frame rate drops.
  • The best thing is Nintendo Switch is reliable portable and had a great resolution personally I recommend this.
  • This switch is good for Zelda. Other consoles don't have Zelda.
  • Wish it had more memory.
  • Just needs more memory.
Size & Weight
0.8 in.
4.02 in.
6.4 in.
9.4 in.
6.3 in.
0.55 in.
0.58 lbs.
0.88 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Screen Type
Screen Size
4.88 in.
6.2 in.
What customers say about "Screen"
Nintendo 2DS XL Handheld Console
  • The screen is a good size and the console feels lightweight . The screen hinge feels durable and there is a C stick I assume is similar to the N64 controller.
  • The XL series has a large screen without adding any resolution so be prepared to SEE the pixels, it has a nice large screen but it's not a modern mobile phone with ultra high-dpi.
  • Console was in perfect condition, pretty much new. Brilliant design and clean screen no scratches or marks. Very happy with purchase thank you would order again.
  • I was rather disappointed with the screens, noticing that Nintendo still use the TN panels, which have been in use for ever!
  • The screen was opened up is a bit wobbly. Not something that affects game play or enjoyment of the console but just an irritant.
Nintendo Switch Handheld Game Console
  • The handheld mode is nice and the LCD is top notch.
  • Awesome system for tv and for on the go!
  • An excellent portable game system with large screen that can be played on a TV.
  • Screen is plastic, so you have to buy a screen guard to keep the docking station from scratching.
  • Plastic screen scratches easily.
Front Camera
0.3 MP
Rear Camera
0.3 MP
Multimedia Features
Multiplayer, Face Raiders, AR Games, Nintendo eShop, StreetPass, Mii Maker, Activity Log, Internet browser
Multiplayer, News, Nintendo eShop, Album, Parental controls, amiibo
Expansion Card
64 GB
2000 GB
What customers say about "Multimedia"
Nintendo 2DS XL Handheld Console
  • I was very happy when I found out that it is possible to take photos directly from the device.
  • Good battery life, have many good games such as Pokemon and Tomadachi, many functions like Internet and Camera.
  • It also has a dust guard for the game card slot and the SD card slot is right next to it, meaning you don't have to use a screwdriver to swap them out any more.
  • I think they put too many expensive features in the console like 2 cameras when it really wasn't needed and sacrificed build quality.
  • Photo quality poor although that is what a camera or smartphone is for. Screen quality not very clear a lot of money and disappointed.
Nintendo Switch Handheld Game Console
  • The online shop is stuffed with indie games and some 1990's favorites from SNK.
  • The online multiplayer is very smooth (a lot smoother than I expected) which is perfect for playing with friends.
  • The switch is great for multiplayer use and one player as well.
  • I love how it has parental controls and a timer on it so my boys won't be on the game all night long.
  • Games are still nonexistent, the interface is boring and incomplete, the store has no media available yet. No other media apps available.
C stick, Start button, Select button, Home button, Cross control pad, Circle Pad, Volume control, ZL/ZR buttons, A/B/X/Y buttons, Power button, L/R buttons
Power button, Volume Button, L/R sticks, A/B/X/Y/L/R/ZL/ZR/+/- Buttons, Capture Button, Home button, Cross control pad
Wi-Fi, MicroSD card slot, Audio jack 3.5mm
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, MicroSD card slot, Audio jack 3.5mm, USB
1400 mAh
4310 mAh
What customers say about "Power"
Nintendo 2DS XL Handheld Console
  • The battery life is good and is great as portable fun. This has been so much better than I ever imagined and it has been a fantastic gift.
  • This gives me a similarly large console with a similar battery life. The battery life itself is extremely impressive.
  • I love this. It feels very matte. The screen is large, he has awesome battery life, and it's adorable.
  • The battery life is superb, I have went 3-4 days before charging. The hinge seems perfectly secure, and not seeing any looseness whatsoever.
  • Battery life is not as good as my DSi but still good enough, think I'm getting about 4 hours. Really pleased I bought it!
Nintendo Switch Handheld Game Console
  • The great thing is that it auto sleeps if you stop playing it. Saving battery juice.
  • Zelda looks great on it and the sleep mode is amazing. Three days on sleep mode and it only used 16% battery.
  • The downside is that batttery runs around 4-6 hours.
  • I bought this for my son two months ago; he is very unhappy now because the battery drains quickly and he can't take it anywhere.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
Other Information
299.99 $

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