Nintendo 3DS Family Officially Discontinued, eShop and Online Services Will Continue

A legendary family of portable gaming devices is coming to an end, according to a report by GamesIndustry.biz. After more than nine years of production, and even more if you take previous generations into account, the entire Nintendo 3DS family is being discontinued by Nintendo. The DS set the bar for portable gaming for years and continues to be an instantly recognizable and influential device, but understandably fell out of favor following the massive and far more versatile success of the Nintendo Switch.

As the Nintendo Switch goes from strength to strength, enhancing its impressive lineup of games like some of the best platformers out there, it only makes sense that Nintendo would want to focus all of its efforts there. However, this will mark the first time since 1989 that Nintendo has only sold one family of devices, and will certainly mark the end of an important era in gaming.

However, the production release of the Nintendo 3DS does not mean its immediate demise. Nintendo told GamesIndustry.biz “We currently have no plans to discontinue existing online services for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Online play and the Nintendo eShop will continue to be available and it will be possible to access and re-download all previously purchased content for the foreseeable future.”

Players will be able to continue to purchase games, accessories and more from third parties, while all 3DS online services will continue to operate as normal. Players will also be able to buy games digitally from the eShop and re-download any previously purchased content, so there’s even more fun to enjoy on Nintendo 3DS. With a massive games library spanning over 1,000 titles, including most modern Pokemon games, many gamers will still be pulling out their 3DS for a few hours of fun.

If you’re looking for a Nintendo 3DS, now is the time, unless you’re willing to buy used.

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