Nintendo has announced that it is bringing production of the standard-sized New Nintendo 3DS to an end in Japan.

The New Nintendo 3DS launched in 2014, with the standard-sized system and the larger "XL" (or "LL" in Japan) variant. Both models were released in Europe from day one but in North America, only the larger XL version was released initially. The smaller model was unique in that it featured cool SNES-style face buttons and a removable cover plates.

With the launch of the 2DS XL, the Japanese lineup now consists of the New 3DS LL, 2DS XL and 2DS. It remains to be seen if this move will impact the availability of the smaller unit in North America and Europe as well.

[via nintendo.co.jp, nintendoeverything.com]