The New 3DS line in Japan has officially been discontinued. The notice was given on the official Nintendo Japanese website. “All production ended” is the only thing stated at this point in time.

Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe do not have that message right now. The recently announced 2DS XL, 3DS XL, and standard 2DS are still being made in Japan.

The New lineup began in October of 2014, with two models: the New 3DS and the New 3DS XL (called LL in Japan). All games released are forward compatible with the rest of the models, but some modern games will work best on the New models due to their faster CPU.

What is the cause?

This likely has nothing to do with the success of the Switch. Nintendo Japan has been the first to discontinue older models in the past as newer models have been released.

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Katie is a Texan transplant living in Boise, Idaho. She's been playing video games since she was about 5 starting with Spyro on the PlayStation 1. A sophomore at Boise State, she's studying broadcast journalism. When not at school and work, she can be found inhaling coffee, playing video games, or chilling with her gecko.