Since its debut back in 2011, the Nintendo 3DS has been a steady force in the line of Nintendo’s handheld market that has shown little signs of letting up in the wake of the Nintendo Switch’s release, though Nintendo has gradually rolled back production on the device in the past few weeks, including Europe.
In a report from GameSpot, Nintendo has confirmed that production of the New Nintendo 3DS (the standard, non-XL model) will be ending in Europe, following earlier news that production of the system was also ending in Japan.
Nintendo provided a statement to Tom’s Hardware explaining that outside of Japan and Europe, the news “does not affect Nintendo of America territories” in regards to supplies of the system in North America, as the system was “only sold in limited quantities as special offerings” through bundles in the territory. Otherwise, Nintendo stated that “there are no changes to the sales status of New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS or the upcoming New Nintendo 2DS XL,” which release on July 28th, 2017 as the newest addition to the 3DS/2DS family.
No other explanation was provided by Nintendo as to why production on the system is slowing down, though the most likely conclusion would be the company looking to ramp down production on its aging 3DS hardware in favor of the Nintendo Switch, which has grown in popularity since its debut back in March. That said, there are still a few marquee titles heading to the Nintendo 3DS this year, including Hey Pikmin! and Metroid: Samus Returns.