Nintendo is stopping production of the *New* Nintendo 3DS in Japan | Nintendo News
Fear not, #Nintendo isn't killing off the #3DS just yet...
According to Siliconera, Nintendo will be stopping the production of the Normal Sized *New* Nintendo 3DS in Japan by the year's end. The XL (LL in Japan) version will still be in production as well as its *New* 2DS incarnations.
" Nintendo has formally ended production of the New Nintendo 3DS console (the non-XL one) in Japan, according to the company’s official website.
The New Nintendo 3DS first launched in Japan on October 11, 2014 alongside the New Nintendo XL (called New Nintendo 3DS LL in Japan). As of December 31, 2016, the standard New 3DS has sold 2.49 million units worldwide while the New 3DS XL has gone on to be the model of choice with 9.82 million units." - Siliconera
I'm cool with this change being that I was never really a fan of the smaller sized one to begin with. My guess is that this will eventually happen worldwide.