Goodbye Nintendo 3DS, you are gone but not forgotten

Source: Rebecca Spear / iMore

This morning I woke up to the news that the Nintendo 3DS handheld game console had officially been discontinued. A feeling of sadness washed over me as I thought back to all the joy my 3DS had brought me over the years.

Now, that might sound silly in a time when the Nintendo Switch is booming and everyone is frantically trying to get their hands on the PS5 and Xbox series X. However, I can’t think of current-gen consoles without thinking of the 3DS, as this little portable gaming system helped bring my husband back to gaming.

When I was in college, I temporarily gave up on video games. I made this decision after nearly missing a final because I couldn’t stop playing Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. I told myself that since school it’s Dear, I should probably focus on my studies and could return to gaming once I graduate. A few years later I met my current husband and found out he had done the exact same thing.

After we both graduated and were in our first year of marriage, I started thinking about all those games I hadn’t been able to play for the past few years. Unfortunately, we were really strapped for money and couldn’t afford any of the big consoles. I found out that my husband had actually felt compelled to think he had to give up gambling altogether since he was an adult – ridiculous, I know.

Then one day I was wasting time online and saw the Pokémon X and Y announcement video. I hadn’t played the last two Pokémon games and was dying to dive back into the series. I also saw the wealth of 3DS games that had already been released and even learned that the console could also play DS games. I was dying to make a purchase, but again the money issues came up.

Then I had an idea: Christmas was only a few months away. I knew we didn’t have a big budget, but I approached my husband with a proposition: what if we spent all our allotted vacation money on two 3DS consoles and a copy of X and Y? He was very hesitant about the idea at first. After all, it was a lot of money, more than we had planned for ourselves. But then I showed him Pokémon X and Y gameplay footage as well as the DS and 3DS game library. Memories of playing Pokemon as a child flooded his mind as he looked at these improved graphics. He was sold.

The wonderful little 3DS handheld served as the gateway to the world of gaming.

We spent this winter break watching the original Pokémon animated series, reminiscing about our childhood Pokémon obsessions, and playing our own copies of the latest game. It was heaven. In the months that followed, we slowly started acquiring more 3DS games.

There were so many wonderful titles on this little system that I never seemed to run out of things to play. I experienced Fire Emblem for the first time, caught up on all previous Pokemon games, checked out Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, and rewatched both The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask with improved graphics.

About a year later, my husband had moved on from the silly idea that video games weren’t for adults and we started looking into the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. Today we own all three consoles and have played dozens of games on all platforms. Honestly, it’s all down to the wonderful little 3DS handheld that served as our gateway to the world of gaming. Love you, Nintendo 3DS. Thanks for everything you’ve done.

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