Update: Nintendo has announced that New 3DS has been discontinued worldwide.
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With almost a half-dozen handhelds out on the market, Nintendo is starting to prioritize their systems for the future.
Production for the New 3DS has officially stopping in Japan. The news comes on the same day that Nintendo’s newest handheld iteration, the New 2DS XL, launched worldwide. It should be noted that the New 3DS “XL” is still being produced.
This should come as a no surprise, seeing as now with the Nintendo Switch launching in March, Nintendo is currently running production on six different handheld systems (3DS, New 3DS XL, New 3DS, 2DS, New 2DS XL, and Switch), and that 3DS games are playable on all the aforementioned systems, minus Switch.
There has been some speculation that with the Nintendo Switch being as successful as it has been, and being labeled by many as their preferred handheld device, Nintendo will start to phase out the “DS” systems eventually. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime however told IGN back in April that the company will continue to support the system in 2018, though nothing was mentioned about plans for afterwards (Full Article Here).
It looks like Nintendo has too many cooks in the kitchen in terms of the amount of handhelds on the market, so it makes sense that something would eventually give. In the case of the New 2DS XL, it’s obvious that 3D features aren’t the marque attention grabber for customers, so the idea of other regions or even other models of the 3DS family ending wouldn’t be too far-fetched.