Nintendo 3DS officially discontinued •


After a nine-year run and over 75 million units sold, Nintendo officially killed the 3DS.

Nintendo 3DS XL.

Production has now ceased on all 3DS hardware models, including the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 2DS XL.

“We can confirm that manufacturing of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems is complete,” a Nintendo spokesperson told our partner site Nintendo and third-party games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems will continue to be available in Nintendo eShop, and in stores.

“The existing library of over 1000 Nintendo 3DS games contains many critically acclaimed titles and can provide years of content to explore and enjoy.”

The 3DS eShop or online services are not expected to be affected in the near future.

Last year saw the arrival of the Nintendo Switch Lite, a cheaper version of Nintendo’s new console aimed at young fans. Its launch was a success – and it won’t be the last new Switch model to arrive, either.

With Switch now making the numbers and already providing various product options, it now seems like the time is reasonable for the 3DS.

The 3DS was initially launched in Japan in February 2011, and in Europe a month later. The long-awaited Nintendo DS follow-up was designed to provide 3D visuals without glasses, although this feature has always been optional. It also included the wonderful StreetPass, which it didn’t.

An XL version of the system followed 18 months later, before 2DS – a cheaper, bulkier version without stereoscopic 3D capabilities – in 2013. 3DS and 2DS were then revised again with the launch of the New Nintendo 3DS and the 3DS XL (which added a thumb button) in 2014 and the New Nintendo 2DS XL (which took the original idea from the 2DS and glued it into the 3DS shell) in 2017.

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