Nintendo To Discontinue Old Nintendo 3DS XL Model In Japan

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Nintendo will discontinue production of the Nintendo 3DS XL in Japan, the company has revealed via its official Japanese website.


The 3DS XL section of Nintendo’s 3DS homepage has an “ending production soon”  notice next to the seven Nintendo 3DS XL colours that are currently on the market in Japan. It appears that the New Nintendo 3DS XL will soon be taking over as the go-to 3DS model in that region.


Meanwhile, in the case of the regular Nintendo 3DS model, select colours like Clear Black, Metallic Red and Gloss Pink will remain in production.


This makes complete sense, of course—the New Nintendo 3DS XL has been the best-selling 3DS model since its October release, and also the best-selling videogame platform in Japan overall. Japanese sales tracker Media Create estimates it will hit 1.2 million in sales by the end of the year.


Nintendo have not specified just when they will discontinue production of the old Nintendo 3DS XL model. The company also has not shared any specifics as to when the New Nintendo 3DS line will be released outside Japan.

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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.