Why No Regular-Sized New Nintendo 3DS in North America?: Nintendo’s Response

Despite the Nintendo Direct having gone over fairly well for Nintendo fans, there were more than a few eyebrows raised at several points—or lack of points—in the presentation. In North America, the biggest eyebrow-raiser was the revelation that the New Nintendo 3DS XL will be the only version of the handheld released in North America.

The smaller model, which has interchangeable cover faceplates in regions for Europe, Japan, etc., won’t be available for purchase in North America at launch. We’ll have a unique XL model in Red, but this business logic left many fans scratching their head in frustration and confusion.

When Nintendo was asked about this decision by Kotaku, here’s what they had to say:

“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.”

Umm, Nintendo, we love you, but sometimes… *sigh.* We’ve heard this kind of corporate non-speak a lot lately, mostly in regard to the amiibo stock issues. What this does is leave us hoping that the regular-sized model will hit North America at some point in the future, but they have nothing to say on it right now.


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Micah has been playing games since his first pong machine, and has been writing for as long as he could grip a pencil and not drool on the paper. So, for about a week.

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