The official corporate arm of Nintendo in Japan has announced that it is done producing the New Nintendo 3DS. The model launched in Japan on October 11, 2014.
Nintendo of Japan makes no mention of the New Nintendo 3DS LL, that’s their branding for the XL. This production cessation appears to only be for the basic New Nintendo 3DS models.
The New Nintendo 3DS offers a few key things that separate it from its predecessor. First, there’s more processing power here, allowing for quicker load times and the play of exclusive games. You can only play Xenoblade Chronicles on a New 3DS, for instance. The only way you can play SNES Virtual Console games on the go is with the New 3DS, though that exclusivity barely makes sense to me.
The New 3DS also features an analog stick like nub on the right side of the system for camera control. All games can make use of this feature, but whether or not they actually do is a mixed bag.
I doubt the “New” model is going away for good with the New 2DS XL rolling out here in the U.S. It’s interesting that Japan elected to stop making the smaller version at home. It must not have been selling too well.