When it comes to the 3DS as a handheld system, it has been very successful, for as a whole it has sold over 66 million units worldwide since its launch, an impressive number by any standpoint. However, the unique thing about the system is without a doubt the fact that it’s had some “improvements” via new upgraded versions of itself. First game the 3DS XL, and then the “New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL.” Now though, the New Nintendo 3DS is being discontinued from production. At least in Japan it is.
This comes straight from Nintendo, who notes that production has indeed ended for this system. Now, if you don’t remember the difference between the 3DS and the New Nintendo 3DS, it’s all about the hardware. The new 3DS had a touch better graphics, faster processing speed, and several other smaller abilities that made it a step up from the original 3DS. It even had exclusive games for a time like Xenoblade Chronicles 3D due to its upgraded processing and graphical power.
What’s important to note here is that this is the smaller version of the two “new” 3DSs. The New 3DS XL is still in production, and you could argue that it’s the better of the two given the bigger screen. So it’s more than likely that Nintendo chose to shut down this version of the 3DS because it was a truly lesser model.
Another reason might be because of the 2DS XL that’s coming out, as that one has a similar screen size to the 3DS XL versions, and thus Nintendo only wanted to offer all the big screen versions of their handhelds to fans.
It’s tough to say their reasoning, but Nintendo is definitely not just shutting down the 3DS line, very far from it. With all the games they have coming up for it, they’ll likely just trimming the fat to make sure that everyone gets the best version of the system.