Earlier it was reported that Nintendo Japan had announced that the new Nintendo 3DS was being discontinued, thus leaving the 2DS and XL models as the only remaining models part of Nintendo’s handheld lineup. Some were wondering if this could affect other markets, such as the US, but apparently that isn’t something we need to be concerned about.
Speaking to Games Industry, Nintendo of America confirmed that the discontinuation in the US will not affect the US market. “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.”
Basically it seems that the American market was never really the target market for the new Nintendo 3DS to begin with, but then again that isn’t that surprising as the larger XL models have typically sold better to begin with, so we guess we can’t really blame Nintendo for that. However if you’re a collector or if maybe you just prefer the smaller 3DS model, then perhaps now would be a good time to snag up whatever units are remaining in the market before they are all gone for good.