Nintendo 3DS online features will remain intact for a long time to come

The Nintendo 3DS has been discontinued, meaning the console is no longer in production. For this reason, fans of the device – or owners of many digital games they haven’t downloaded – might wonder what this means for the system’s online functionality, including online play and Eshop store. According to Nintendo, however, there is no need to worry.

In a statement given to, Nintendo said that the online functions of the 3DS will remain in place for a long time. “Nintendo and third-party games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems will continue to be available on Nintendo eShop, and at retail,” a Nintendo spokesperson told the site. “We currently have no plans to discontinue existing online services for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.”

The statement continues, assuring fans that there is nothing to worry about. “Online play and the Nintendo Eshop will continue to be available and all previously purchased content will be available to access and re-download for the foreseeable future.”

The 3DS has sold over 75 million units to date. Some of the system’s major digital-only titles include BoxBoxBoy, Pushmo, Pocket Card Jockey, and Crimson Shroud.

The 3DS recently received a new physical game, The Atooi Collection, which brought together many previously digital-only releases, although it could only be purchased online. The last 3DS game to receive a wide physical retail release was Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth.

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