Nintendo has posted a statement on the New 3DS Japanese website which states they are stopping production. There is currently no news about whether or not this is the same for the Western 3DS lineup also.
According to GameSpot, the Japanese website states that the white, black and limited edition models of the base New 3DS are no longer in production. All manufacturing for this console has stopped in this region. However the 2DS, New 2DS XL and New 3DS XL pages don’t have the same message. So it looks as though these models are still in production right now.
This announcement has arrived on the same day that Nintendo has launched a new handheld console in Japan. The New 2DS XL was released yesterday for Japan. In the West however, players will need to wait until July 28th to get their hands on the new console. It’s uncertain if Nintendo is planning to phase out the standard New 3DS model and replace it with the New 2DS XL which has been designed to be in-between the New 3DS XL and the standard 2DS consoles.
It’s currently unclear what this means for the USA and Europe version of the New 3DS consoles. Currently, the Nintendo US store doesn’t show any New 3DS systems while the UK store only has limited edition bundles currently on sale. Hopefully Nintendo will clarify what’s happening very soon. For now, we’re left wondering if it’s time to start clamoring for one of these systems. Collectors may need to start moving quickly to ensure they get a system to add to their 3DS collection.
We will continue to bring you more news and updates about the situation as it unfolds over the next few weeks and months.