When I read these reports, yesterday, I was definitely saddened; but, then, I thought back to my second job working for a games retailer:
This past holiday season, we couldn't keep a Wii U system in stock...largely, because Nintendo all but ceased sending us new systems. Throughout the end of December and most of January, we never had more than four new systems to sell, at any one time.
Now, we're facing the same problem with the New Nintendo 3DS. We've been completely out of the XL Black and Red models across the entire region for nearly a month, now, in a year when the 3DS is seeing some fantastic games launching.
I don't think that this is a Nintendo-wide problem, however, as both NOE and Nintendo in Japan seem to be overflowing with systems and support from the company. Nintendo of America has consistently been nosediving, for the past few years, providing fewer services, fewer announcements, and less device support than their sister companies. As someone who grew up in the NES and SNES era, where NOA basically ruled the U.S. games market, it's disheartening to see how small their presence is, now.