Nintendo announces end of New 3DS console production

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The original Nintendo 3DS was replaced by the New 3DS in 2014.

Fans of New 3DS face-plates might want to sit down, as Nintendo of Japan is reportedly ceasing production of the standard New Nintendo 3DS. The New Nintendo 3DS, with additional RAM, more shoulder buttons, and a second analog nub over the original system-will no longer be produced for the Japanese market, confirmed the company on its Japanese website.

This sudden ending of production comes on the day the New Nintendo 2DS XL is released in Japan, so it doesn't come as much as a shock. In the most recent fiscal year, Nintendo sold 1.38 million units of the larger New Nintendo 3DS XL in Japan, compared to just 120,000 units of the smaller New Nintendo 3DS. This led people to believe that the end was near for this console. The console itself is nearly three years old and is losing out on sales to Nintendo's very own 2DS XL. Any similar decisions in the West would likely take much more time, so Nintendo can judge if the New Nintendo 2DS XL is successful, if it's competing directly with the New Nintendo 3DS hardware, and how the New Nintendo 3DS XL's sales relate, too. Despite numerous promises from Nintendo that the Switch would not be the successor to the 3DS family, the speculation about their relationship is still earning a side eye from some tired consumers.

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