Nintendo has confirmed that production of the New 3DS will be ceasing in Europe and Japan.
Don’t panic; that’s not all 3DS models – just the standard-sized New 3DS that launched in 2015. The New 3DS XL still remains available, accompanied by the 2DS and the New 2DS XL that is set to launch at the end of this month.
Why Nintendo has decided to discontinue the product is unknown, but it’s not such a crazy idea, considering the company has four products available that all essentially do the same thing. With the Nintendo Switch now being Nintendo’s leading console, it makes sense to reduce the production of 3DS models – especially considering that fewer models to produce could equate to cheaper costs.
With only the XL option being available to those wanting a New 3DS going forward though, it begs the question: will the “XL” get dropped? Will Nintendo also discontinue the current New 3DS XL line to create a New New 3DS?
While Nintendo has confirmed the end of the New 3DS in Europe and Japan, there’s been no official word on the handheld console in the North American region. It’s safe to assume it will follow suit, but we don’t know for sure.
I’m not too bothered. My New 2DS XL is on pre-order and I’m looking forward to being able to play my games on a larger screen without my eyes boggling over silly 3D effects. I only ever turned it off eventually anyway.