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Nintendo Ends New 3DS Production in Japan

When it comes to recounting the history of portable gaming hardware, the 3DS will certainly test the memory of historians simply because there are so many versions of it. But if you're in the market to buy a 3DS, Nintendo simplified things a little today by discontinuing one of the older models.

First a little history. The 3DS started life back in 2011 with the launch of the Nintendo 3DS. We then got the 3DS XL in 2012 using much larger displays. In 2013, Nintendo introduced the 2DS, which got rid of the 3D feature and the clamshell design. Another year on and in 2014 we got the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL offering improved performance and extra buttons. Finally, on July 28 we get the New Nintendo 2DS XL, which (we hope) will be the final model from the 3DS family.

The original 3DS and 3DS XL have already disappeared, but the rest of the models remained in production. However, today Nintendo confirmed that the New 3DS will no longer be manufactured in Japan.


The end of the New 3DS should come as little surprise considering we are about to get the New 2DS XL. Your buying choices by the end of this month will consist of the 2DS, New 2DS XL, and New 3DS XL. The 2DS is perfect for very young gamers whose parents would like a device that's as close to unbreakable as possible. Between the other two models, the only reason to opt for the New 3DS XL is the 3D output. The New 2DS XL certainly looks like the best option, though, especially as Nintendo is including a power supply as standard.

I doubt any of the remaining three models will disappear unless Nintendo sees a huge drop off in sales. That may actually happen if the New 2DS XL proves popular over the course of 2018, but then I suspect the New 3DS XL would be cut before the 2DS as the 2DS serves a different market.

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