Nintendo ceases production of New Nintendo 3DS in Japan

By Dale Bashir on Jul 14, 2017

The New Nintendo 3DS, the updated version to the original 3DS that was released in 2014, ends production in Japan, just in time for the release of the New Nintendo 2DS XL. The announcement was made officially on Nintendo's Japanese site, that clearly states the the New Nintendo 3DS's production has ended its run in Japan. 

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This only applies to the standard New Nintendo 3DS and not to its larger counterpart, the New Nintendo 3DS XL. It should also be noted that this so far only applies to Japan and does not affect the production or supplies of the New Nintendo 3DS in other regions. The New Nintendo 3DS is known for being the system that added a C-Stick to the 3DS along with additional trigger buttons, being ZR and ZL, NFC capabilities for Amiibo support and overall performance enhancements. This decision to end the production seems to be Nintendo's way of pushing the Nintendo Switch and the New 2DS XL, which was just released yesterday in Japan. 

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Nintendo has been on a renewed lease of life, with the success of the Switch being the hot new, must-have console of the generation and the 3DS family having multiple iterations and its overall lifespan not ending anytime. With one member of the 3DS ending its life cycle, the New Nintendo 3DS joins the original 3DS in having a good production run. We can now look forward to Nintendo's future and what it has in store for the rest of the 3DS line.

While you're here, checkout our writeup on the Nintendo Switch and its current pricing problem in Malaysia here.


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