The New Nintendo 3DS may soon become a thing of the past, as Nintendo has officially ended its production in Japan. The news came to the fore after the company’s official website was updated with the information. This, however, does not pertain to the larger New 3DS XL models, at least for the time being.
The New Nintendo 3DS models were the successors to the original 3DS, which had been released in 2010. The ones that have been discontinued had followed through in October 2014 in Japan, followed by a worldwide release over the next year. The new handheld consoles packed in enough improvements over its predecessor to warrant positive feedback from critics and buyers alike, especially for its superior 3D image rendering. The standard models have recorded sales figures amounting to 2.49 million units up to December 2016, while the New 3DS XL has sold 9.82 million units.
The discontinued production of the New Nintendo 3DS applies to all the limited edition models as well as the black and white variants of the standard console. Besides the New 3DS XL consoles, the 2DS and 2DS models will continue to be manufactured, going by the information on Nintendo’s page.
Nintendo released the new Switch hybrid gaming consoles this year in March, which Nintendo claims is the fastest selling gaming hardware from the company. Despite the lack of catchy launch titles in its initial stages, a lot of new ones have been announced to come to the Nintendo Switch in 2017. The console had also come under public scrutiny because of a number of hardware problems, particularly related to the widespread de-syncing of the Joy-Cons. However, Nintendo has since addressed, and handled the issue deftly.
This is not the first Nintendo console to have been discontinued in 2017. Earlier this year, the Japanese gaming giant officially ended the production of their Wii-U consoles. The general reception of the Wii-U, which was released in 2012 as the successor to the Wii, had suffered due to the lack of smart marketing tactics, including a poor choice of launch titles that failed to engage fans.