Small New Nintendo 3DS Ending Japan Production (UPDATED)

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

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With the launch of the New Nintendo 2DS XL, Nintendo has confirmed that the small New 3DS introduced in 2014 is ending production. This discontinuation applies to both colors of the system, black and white. Released on the same day as the larger New 3DS XL back in October 2014, it not only offered the smaller frame, but themed face plates for the system’s outer frame and colorful buttons as well.


The smaller New 3DS also released worldwide, including in limited form in North America through special edition bundles. This discontinuation will have no effect on the North American market, however, as Nintendo of America sent a statement to GamesIndustry on the matter.

“This announcement does not affect Nintendo of America territories, as the model in question was only sold in limited quantities as special offerings. There are no changes to the sales status of New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS or the upcoming New Nintendo 2DS XL, which launches on July 28.”

Presumably, this statement would not indicate the model’s fate in Europe or Australia either. Update, July 14th: Nintendo of Europe confirmed with Eurogamer that the New 3DS has been discontinued in Europe as well. It’s lack of effect in North America may have to do with the handheld’s lack of continual availability anyway.

While it may die worldwide this month, there’s always the infamous Kyary Pamyu Pamyu commercial from a few years ago to relive those New 3DS memories.

About Alex Irish

When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise is Pokémon, full-stop, but his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4. He attended the first-ever IGN House Party and is a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.