Recently it was reported that Nintendo Japan had announced that the new Nintendo 3DS was being discontinued, which would leave the 2DS and XL models as the only remaining models as part of Nintendo’s handheld lineup. With the Switch available it really isn’t neccessary to keep it in the lineup.
Some were wondering if this could affect other markets like the US, but apparently the US does not need to worry about it.
Nintendo of America has confirmed that the discontinuation will not affect the US market. “This announcement does not affect Nintendo of America territories, as the model in question was only sold in limited quantities as special offerings. There are no changes to the sales status of New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS or the upcoming New Nintendo 2DS XL, which launches on July 28.”
So it looks like the American market was never really the target market for the new Nintendo 3DS to begin with, but then again it was always the larger XL models that have typically sold better. Well, if you want a new 3DS, maybe now would be a good time to get one while you still can. They won’t be on the shelves long.