Bottom line: If you have the D3300, don't bother to upgrade. Especially since the newer 18-55 AF-P kit lens can be used on it with a firmware upgrade. But if you're starting from scratch, the D3400 is a lot easier to find both new and refurbished than its predecessor.
Aside from that, this is a great entry-level DSLR. Some pros and cons:
+ Excellent image quality with one minor gripe (see cons). Somewhat improved high ISO performance over its predecessor but not night and day
+ Simplistic but very sure and swift autofocus system
+ Good ergonomics with a nice deep grip
+ Great battery life
+ Good video quality
+ In-camera raw processing
+ Decent viewfinder for its price. Not huge, but of higher magnification than its more expensive sibling, the D5600, and the Rebel T6.
- Automatic White Balance makes images too warm in daylight conditions. Set the WB to the appropriate type of shooting conditions for best results.
- On-board sensor cleaner has been removed.
Suggestions for the D3500 (if one is made): Bring-back the on-board sensor cleaner, continue to speed up AF in live view, add exposure bracketing.
If you want superb image quality on the cheap, this is your best choice $500 and below. Overall it's a very pleasant camera to use. Kind of disappointing that some features were taken away over the D3300 but it's still a great entry-level DSLR.
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