During yesterday’s Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo announced the official release date for the New Nintendo 3DS XL. That system will launch on Feb. 13, 2015.

The bad news? The company confirmed that the North American region will not see the release of the smaller New Nintendo 3DS. That’s the unit that offers changeable face plates.

Following that announcement, Nintendo of America released a statement regarding their decision to skip the smaller New 3DS in favor of the XL model in this region. Brace yourselves, it’s not really a compelling train of logic.

“Different territories make their own business decisions regarding individual products and timing…

…We think New Nintendo 3DS XL makes the most sense for our market. Nintendo makes different systems at different price points for a whole range of consumers, and New Nintendo 3DS XL simply expands those choices even further.”

They’re expanding consumer choice by only offering one system? Seems odd. It also seems weird that the company would forgo offering the customizable 3DS, simply because those face plates would drive extra revenue.

What do you think of the reason for not selling the base New Nintendo 3DS in North America? Had you only planned to get the XL version anyways?