Nintendo To Discontinue Original Nintendo 3DS Launch Colour In Japan

By Eugene . September 13, 2013 . 12:59pm

Sharp eyes at Inside Games spotted Nintendo’s online shop in Japan listing two versions of the original 3DS—“Cosmo Black” and “Ice White”—as soon-to-be discontinued. Cosmo Black was a launch color for the 3DS, while Ice White was launched a few months later.


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With their passing, the last of the 2GB Nintendo 3DS units will be pulled off the market in Japan, leaving only three 3DS sets with 4GB memory cards—Metallic Red, Light Blue and Gloss Pink.


The last color variation to be discontinued was Misty Pink and Cobalt Blue in May. The two variations will join Flare Red and Aqua Blue in the discontinued list for Japan.


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  • Miss_Madness

    Then they will have a brand new sets of colors and themes. Probably including purple ;w;

    • Solomon_Kano

      Huh. I didn’t even realize Japan doesn’t have the purple one. Interesting.

    • Ronldbx6

      I already have a purple 3DS. It’s called “midnight purple”

  • I wonder if they’re planning on discontinuing the original 3DS altogether now. From what I can tell, the XL sells a significantly greater amount of units.

    • InfectedAI

      I don’t think so. Enough people prefer the lower price point and smaller size.

      • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

        Not if in Japan XL sold over 60,000 the week before MH4 and 3DS sold around 17,000

        • InfectedAI

          17k sales is a lot of money. I don’t see them discontinuing that.

  • kylehyde

    As a proud cosmo black owners I only have to say:
    Good night sweet prince,
    And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!
    Why does the drum come hither?

  • Ivan Junior

    Sad news for me. I just love the original design ):

  • Mental

    Can’t really say I’ll miss Cosmo Black, but Ice White…

  • 하세요

    Good thing I got Ice White then.

  • Aaron K Stone

    Wouldn’t be surprised if eventuslly discontinue the entire original 3DS line, so we’re left with a cheap 2DS and premium 3DS XL models as options.

  • komiko12

    I have Cosmo Black. I dunno why they are removing Black and White colors. They are my favorite colors for any kind of gadget.

  • Junko Enoshima

    The worst part is that it NEVER GOT RELEASED IN THE US

  • Smooosh

    Got my Ice White with the Super Mario 3D Land bundle. No plans on upgrading to an XL any time soon. :B

  • samsneeze

    I already have the white one, so I’m good. My US 3DS is black. This does not effect me.

  • Neophoton

    Loving my ice white 3DS~

  • DragonSix

    Hopefully black wont go away in the west.

  • benhofb

    It’s a shame the US never saw the release of the Ice White model. That thing was pretty damn good looking if you ask me…

    • TheGameTagerZ

      It is! I have it!

    • Yeah, that’s awesome! Wish they’d released the XL in that color here. I like my black one, but that one’s neater. I like how the inside of the top panel is still black on the white one.

  • AuronZanark

    I have a cosmo black 3DS myself; I live in the U.S. The original cosmo black color will still be sold in the U.S.

  • darkfox1

    I wonder why they discontinue certain colors? I would think they would like all the colors they could have out for purchase. Gives people a wide range of choice or something like that? Just don’t understand why certain colors get to stay and some are pulled ya know?

    • Ying

      I think this might have more to do with the size of the memory car instead of the colors. All of the ones discontinued so far come with only 2GBs of memory while the others have 4

      • Suicunesol

        I think it has more to do with just bringing in new colors to reach an audience that wanted those colors. The only reason you’d want to discontinue anything is because not enough people are buying. Bringing in new colors will give the old 3DS a boost.

  • Immortal1

    Aqua Blue all the way.

  • Guest

    Farewell Original 3DS Launch Colors!
    Have a nice Trip!
    See you next Fall!

    • Guest

      Uh… what?

  • ShadowDivz


  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Good night Cosmo Black and Icy White.

    ……I welcome the new 3DS Overlord GOLDDDDDD!!!

  • AaqibRawat

    i love my ice white. playing kid icarus on it makes me feel like a um ..
    cool. would love green , purple colours

    • Ronldbx6

      I already have a purple 3DS, it’s called “midnight purple”.

      • Hairee Pothead

        I think purple was to celebrate the GameCube 10 year Anniversary.

  • awat
  • SlickRoach

    Got my Cosmo Black at midnight release, now I don’t know if I want to sell it or keep it as a souvenir after I buy the Pokemon X 3DS XL.

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