New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition – Review

I’ve wanted to write this review for the past month now but sadly I’ve been too busy to get around to it and in all honesty, I wasn’t sure if my readers would be interested. I put a poll on my Twitter account (@maybeecoffee) recently and out of all the items I mentioned I was interested in reviewing, my Pikachu 2DS XL was the one that everyone wanted!

I cannot wait to share this awesome handheld console with you all. I was so excited when I got it and I still love it 2 months down the line.

I got this in March as a massive treat to myself and I’d wanted a new 2DS for ages as I was getting fed up of my old one. I hadn’t played my old 2DS for ages due to the screen size and how uncomfortable it was to hold. I missed playing my games and it was around the time Dane wasn’t home due to work, so I wanted something to keep me occupied/busy whilst he was away for a month. FYI he was back during weekends. ๐Ÿ˜›

So I took the plunge and bought my Pikachu 2DS XL from Smyths Toys, which you can still buy here if you want it yourselves. Wow this sounds like a sponsored post, it isn’t. ๐Ÿ˜› Smyths Toys is just one of the cheapest places around for gaming stuff, so I always recommend it to people!

I’ve never written a review for anything like this before, so please bear with me. I know it’ll be boring and such but I want to try and talk in detail as much as I can about the handheld.

First of all I just want to say, I’m a massive Nintendo fan and my first handheld and console were both by Nintendo. My one brother gave me his Nintendo Game Boy when I was 5 and then my other brother gave me his Nintendo SNES when I was 6. I was living the dream in all fairness.

I remember seeing the Pokeball 2DS XL and wanting that, as I didn’t think we would get the Pikachu version in the UK. I’m glad I waited though as I would have ended up regretting that purchase very fast if I’d have made it.

Enough about that now, I’ll talk a little about the handheld itself. I’m going to do comparisons between the original 2DS and the New 2DS XL.

As you can see the main colour of the 2DS is yellow, Pikachu’s signature colour. On the front of the 2DS you have Pikachu’s face, which is 3D itself. Pikachu’s snout sticks out, as well as it’s cheeks. The detailing of Pikachu’s nose and mouse are actually rubber, instead of plastic like everything else. I really like this touch. Around the edge of the front of the 2DS and on the L, R, ZL and ZR buttons are all brown, again one of Pikachu’s signature colours.

When you open the 2DS you’ll continue to see the yellow and brown colours, the brown being on the D pad, as well as on the X, Y, A and B buttons. The screen sizes are HUGE and I felt a little overwhelmed by them to be perfectly honest. I love it though! The screens on the 2DS XL are exactly the same size as the New Nintendo 3DS XL, which is pretty awesome.

You can see the difference in screen sizes above where I compare the original 2DS to the New 2DS XL.

Along the bottom of the 2DS you have the space to insert your game catridges, as well the micro SD (which you get with the console itself) which is then closed off to keep safe and I suppose “hidden” away. I really like this feature, although I’ve seen a lot of people complain about it. I think it looks better.

Next to that you have the headphone port, as well as where the stylus is kept. This is the only thing I dislike about the 2DS XL. I’m so used to a longer stylus with my old 2DS that this shorter, stubbier and in my opinion hard to old, as well as uncomfortable. Due to this I don’t use it as much as I could. In future I’ll definitely invest in getting something else for it.

Then finally you have the power button, which is brown too. Next to that you have the “on” light, the “battery” button and finally the “wifi” light.

On the top of the console you have the AC adapter port for your charger. I was used to this being on the bottom with my old 2DS and at first the port area felt a bit stiff on my Pikachu 2DS XL, but I think that was due to it being new.

On the left hand side of the console you have your volume controls, which are in brown. it’s really easy to adjust the volume and let me tell you, you don’t need the sound on high, as the quality of it is amazing!

Overall as a whole the Pikachu 2DS is gorgeous and definitely aesthetically pleasing to look at.

When turning this on, the screen is so vivid and bright, it’s amazing! Of course this isn’t 3D, hence the name and I love that. I remember when the 3DS first came out and I had a go on a demo in HMV. Me and my old friend were really sick after. Never again!

The original 2DS has a sleep button so you can pause a game for a while if you have to, whilst saving the battery life. However on the newer 2DS with the screen you flip up and down, you just well… Close the screen and it’ll sleep. It’s so amazing and I already love that feature to death!

The top screen can be put into three different positions, the last one making the 2DS flat, the middle one and the closest one to the gamer. I always opt for the middle one.

I have an Animal Crossing theme on mine that I bought AGES ago on my old 2DS, but I love it so much! My Isabelle icons for my page I won on the Nintendo Badge Arcade, WHICH YOU NEED TO GET! It’s a free game where you can win badges to customise your theme with.

Anyway back to overall…

I LOVE my Pikachu 2DS XL so much and if anything it’s just encouraged me to play my 3DS games even more, as well as get some new ones. I’ve recently ordered and started playing Detective Pikachu, which I am loving by the way!

If you’d like to watch a video to hear and see more comparrisons that I may have missed out on, please watch it! I did before buying my Pikachu 2DS XL!

So, what do you think of the New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition? Would you buy it? If you love playing Nintendo 3DS games, which ones are your favourite? Make sure to let me know everything in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely bank holiday!

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The Gamer Tag

Oh man I love a good tag post to take part in and I’ve seen a couple of game related ones floating around lately! I’m not as big a gamer as I used to be, but even so I LOVE gaming on my own, as well as with Dane and our friends.

When I saw that Eleanor had done The Gamer Tag, I thought I would give it a go myself!

Like she did, I tag anyone who reads this post and wants to give it a go.

I hope you like and can relate to my answers!

1. WHAT IS YOU GAMER TAG?

I actually cannot remember and to be honest I’m 1. Too lazy to go and find out and 2. I don’t want randomers adding me. ๐Ÿ˜›

2. PC OR CONSOLE?

I like both but I’ve always been a console gal! ๐Ÿ˜›

3. CONSOLE OF CHOICE?

PlayStation 4, but considering I have an Xbox One and a Nintendo 2DS, the possibilities are endless! But if there’s a game I really want and it’s on PS4, I’ll get a game for that.

4. HANDHELD OF CHOICE? (DS, PS VITA, ETC.)

I prefer my 2DS to my PS Vita as I find there’s more choice, but I feel like I can do that little more on my PS Vita… AKA watch Crunchyroll. ๐Ÿ˜›

5. KEYBOARD OR GAMEPAD?

Gamepad for sure! I always get flustered using a keyboard.

6. SINGLEPLAYER OR MULTIPLAYER?

Depends on the game really… I love my single player games for obvious reasons, but I love playing with my friends too on multiplayer! I’d love for Persona 5 to be multiplayer so I could play with Dane.

7. WHAT WAS THE FIRST GAME YOU HAVE EVER PLAYED?

It was probably Pop’n Twinbee on the SNES. I still own that console as well as all the games I had handed down to me from my older brother and it’s safe to say, I still love it!

8. HARDEST GAME YOU HAVE EVER PLAYED?

Mmm… I thought long and hard about this for all of a minute and it’s definitely Rocket League! I cannot play it for toffee and I just hate it purely for how much I struggle to play it. I’ve played it with friends and just ended up rage quitting. I chase after the ball constantly and do fuck all with it. URGH!!!

9. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST GAMING SYSTEM?

The SNES! One of my older brothers bought himself a PlayStation so I had this donated to me. Years ago he asked my dad if he could have it back. Erm, no. ๐Ÿ˜› I still love it so much and play it once in a blue moon.

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10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE GAME OF ALL TIME?

Oh man it used to be Pokemon but I think it’s been pushed off by Persona 5 recently! I don’t know, it might just be a toss up between the two. I’m a bit let down by Pokemon with Sun and Moon. They’re so different, easy to play and just boring and lame. I’m also sick and tired of them adding more and more Pokemon to the games… Only for them to be shite and pointless items! I don’t mind when it adds to stuff that works, AKA the Alohan forms as well as Eeveelutions, but I’m sick of Pokemon such as a bunch of keys or an ice cream. Come on guys, sort it out!

11. WHAT GAME IS CURRENTLY YOUR FAVOURITE?

Persona 5 for sure! I’m still on my second play through and trying to make it 100%! I’m also playing Persona 4: Golden at the same time… Which reminds me, I need to continue playing it! ๐Ÿ˜›

12. FAVOURITE VIDEO GAME GENRE?

I don’t know to be honest… I’m really loving JRPGs (Japanese role playing games) at the moment and I want to get more! I love games where I can relax whilst I play them too, such as Sims 4, Animal Crossing as well as Cooking Mama. It depends on my mood really!

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13. FAVOURITE VIDEO GAME CHARACTER?

Oh man it has to be Akira/Joker from Persona 5. He’s such and awesome and loveable character. He’s been through shit and still acts normal and not hating the world for what has happened. I love that he hasn’t rebelled or acted like a dick.

Also how can I forget Princess Kenny?! Not a massive video game character, more of a TV show character but fuck it, she was in a game and she was bloody fabulous! ๐Ÿ˜›

14. WHICH VIDEO GAME CHARACTER DO YOU HATE MOST?

I had to ask Dane for help on this as I couldn’t think of anyone for AGES! The only person either of us could come up with was Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher 3. I just don’t like the sound of his voice and urgh! Dane used to play this LOADS at one point and I hated whenever the character spoke. I can’t say I hate him, but I can’t think of anyone else…

15. WHAT NEW GAME YOU ARE MOST EXCITED FOR?

I can’t think of any games I’m really arsed about right now… Apart from the new Persona dance games that are due out this year in Japan and maybe 2019 in the UK. I know I’m excited for a couple of games but meh they haven’t announced a date for some of them yet so sadly my hype and excitement for them can’t start just yet… Sad times!

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16. FAVOURITE VIDEO GAME COMPANY/DEVELOPER?

I’ve always loved everything that Quantic Dream have released, especially Heavy Rain! I know everyone went mad for it but I’d played Fahrenheit beforehand so I was excited for Heavy Rain leading up to its released. I’m excited for Detroit: Become Human but there isn’t a release date yet. WHICH SUCKS!

17. WHAT GAMING SYSTEMS DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE?

I own many, but my most up to date one is my PlayStation 4. Alongside that I have my SNES, GameCube, PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and a PlayStation 3. I also have variousย  handhelds including a GameBoy, GameBoy Color, GameBoy Advance, Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo 2DS and PS Vita.

18. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN GAMING?

Since I can remember! Probably since the age of 5 or 6 when I was first given my SNES and my GameBoy.

19. HOW LONG WAS YOUR LONGEST GAMING SESSION?

Probably 12 hours… If there has been a longer gaming session then fuck knows when it was! When me and Dane first got together we would spend Sunday’s playing Minecraft for as long as possible before either of us went back home. I don’t play games as much as I used to and only tend to for long periods of time is if 1. Dane is away for work and I’m bored and 2. I’m obsessed with a game and Dane is happy doing his own thing for a very long time.

20. WHAT GAME HAVE YOU CLOCKED THE MOST TIME ON?

Definitely Persona 5! I’m currently on something stupid like 200-300 hours of game play! I am on my second play through however and near the end of it… I intend to play it again as well so that I can get all the trophies on it. ๐Ÿ˜› I’m pretty cure I have more hours on games such as Heavy Rain and any of the LEGO games I own due to wanting to get to 100% and all the trophies.

So that is The Gamer Tag! I do apologise for talking loads about Persona 5, but I swear that game has kind of changed my life… Gamer wise anyway! I’ve not loved something so much since I discovered Pokemon, lipstick and katsu curry!

Will you be giving The Gamer Tag a go if you’re a blogger? Make sure to link me to your answers and posts down below or over at my Twitter handle (@maybeecoffee).

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely week!

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