The Nintendo 3DS XL (or LL, as it’s written in its country of origin) is on its way to discontinuation. Nintendo of Japan has confirmed on its official site that the system is “ending production soon.”
While the rest of the world is currently set to continue selling the Nintendo 3DS XL, it looks like Japan is dropping the old unit permanently in favor of the New Nintendo 3DS XL (again, LL there). That new system is on pace to hit 1.2 million units sold in Japan alone by the end of this year.
Nintendo will continue to produce the original 3DS in Japan as it makes no indication suggesting otherwise on its site.
I own the red Nintendo 3DS XL. I picked one up on launch day, and it quickly became one of my favorite handhelds to-date. The size, the battery life and the comfort all make it an exceptional handheld. I’ve not used the New Nintendo 3DS XL yet, but I hope it’s even better than this one.
We’ll have more on the new system as it comes, especially its eventual western world official announcement.