Since the February release of the New Nintendo 3DS, many North American fans have found themselves envious of the smaller model version of the system that was exclusively released in Japan and Europe. While there hasn’t been any official word on a local release just yet, a recent interview with Reggie Fils-Amie strongly hinted at the possibility.
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.
Given the NOA president’s comments, it seems likely that the system will see North American release in some capacity. A limited run, possibly as an online exclusive, seems more likely than a full retail release. Of course, only time will tell.
In the interview, Fils-Amie also commented on the possibility of more titles exclusive to the New Nintendo 3DS. Right now, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is the only title exclusively compatible with the newer hardware model. Amiibo support is currently only possible on the New Nintendo 3DS, though an Amiibo reader is due alongside Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer in September. According to Fils-Amie, more titles exclusively compatible with the New Nintendo 3DS are heading to the eShop, but Nintendo does not want to split the ownership base by adding too many.
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