Nintendo 3DS discontinued, ending nine years


Nintendo has officially abandoned its 3DS handheld gaming platform.

Word spread early Thursday, with Twitter users in Japan noticing the remaining 3DS models on Nintendo’s Japanese-language website listed as “out of production.” A Nintendo spokesperson confirmed the end of 3DS in a statement to Polygon:

“We can confirm that the production of the Nintendo 3DS family of consoles is complete. Nintendo and third-party games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems will continue to be available in Nintendo eShop,, and retail. The existing library of over 1,000 Nintendo 3DS games contains many critically acclaimed titles and can provide years of content to explore and enjoy.

Nintendo’s US website also appears to have erased the 3DS presence “in the last few hours,” The Verge said on Wednesday.

The end of 3DS comes as no surprise – the Nintendo Switch had replaced 3DS as a state-of-the-art handheld computer almost since its launch in early 2017. 3DS ends a period of almost 10 years, starting with its Launch in February 2011, going through several revisions and variations of models, and ending with the New Nintendo 3DS, New 3DS XL, 2DS and 2DS XL. The 3DS was the successor to Nintendo’s extraordinarily popular line of DS handhelds, which began in 2004 and ended in 2013 with 154 million units sold.

Nintendo stopped listing 3DS hardware and software sales with its last quarterly statement. In the company’s statement for the fiscal year ending March 31, Nintendo announced lifetime hardware sales of the 3DS line at 75.7 million units, 383.1 million games sold for the platform. and no forecast of future sales for either.

Nintendo 3DS debuted at E3 2010, blowing audiences away with glasses-free 3D capability on its top display. But the 3DS business card quickly became a novelty, as headlines would be shipped without much consideration for the 3D effect. The company released the 3D-free Nintendo 2DS in the fall of 2013, as a lower-cost option that still offered fans of great games, like Pokemon X and Y.

The New Nintendo 3DS, which added a second control stick, two more bumper buttons, and a more powerful processor, was released in October 2014 (in Japan; it arrived in the West in 2015). It was followed by a review of the New Nintendo 2DS XL in April 2017, the month after the Switch launched. This put two screens in a clamshell design containing all of the features of the 3DS XL except the 3D capability.

The best-selling title for the 3DS range was that of 2011 Mario kart 7, followed by three Pok̩mon series РX and O; Sun and Moon; and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The best-selling third-party title was that of 2015 Generations of monster hunters from Capcom.

Update: Shortly after the original article was published, a Nintendo representative confirmed the end of 3DS to Polygon. This post has been revised.

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