While the XL version of the first DS was mainly a super-size of the original hardware, the 3DS XL made numerous improvements that made the experience superior. The bezel was made matte to eliminate distracting reflections, the 3D viewing sweet spot was made easier to attain and the whole package simply felt better in your hands. Given as the price is just thirty dollars more, it’s been challenging to think of a reason to buy the original 3DS since the XL’s introduction. Nintendo seems to feel the same way as evidenced by their removal of the console from their official site:
Additionally, major retailers like GameStop, Target and Walmart are no longer shipping them and seem to only have old stock (if any at all) remaining in stores. Given all the evidence, it seems that Nintendo is phasing out the product in favor of the XL and recently-introduced 2Ds. First released in 2011, the 3DS was priced at $249.99 and saw sluggish sales, rebounding with the XL and later 2DS.
We’ve reached out to Nintendo for comment.