In North America, there’s only one flavor of New Nintendo 3DS available, and that’s the XL. It’s a great model, and likely the one I personally would have selected if I had options, but that’s not the case for every gamer out there.
Folks have been asking Nintendo for a release of the more standard New Nintendo 3DS here in the states since word that the region wouldn’t get one started spreading. We’re pretty far removed from the launch of the New 3DS XL at this point, and still no word regarding the smaller SKU.
Kotaku spoke with Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime about the 3DS model lineup, and, while not confirming anything, he offered that gamers should “stay tuned.”
After saying that they had nothing to announce, Fils-Aime explained:
“We analyzed the results in Japan and saw the lion’s share of the volume was on the XL model, and that’s with no 2DS existing in the Japanese market. And so as we thought about: ‘What’s the best line-up for us?’ We thought the new XL and 2DS would be our best line-up. Not going to make any promises but, you know, I would suggest to your readers that they stay tuned and maybe some special SKUs might show up.”
Far from a confirmation, right? Still, Reggie suggesting that readers should watch out for special SKUs is rather interesting. We could be seeing a standard sized New 3DS lineup in the future.
I’ll stick with my larger handheld, but I totally get the need for the smaller form and customizable face plates.