Nintendo 3DS online services will continue to be supported

In case you missed it, Nintendo has officially ceased production of the various members of the Nintendo 3DS handheld console family. This appears to include, but is not limited to, 2DS and 3DS XL models. That doesn’t mean the 3DS will suddenly disappear from store shelves, but it does mean that no new ones are being made, so supply will slowly dwindle if it’s not already out of stock locally. That said, if you were in the least worried that 3DS’ various online services might also be ending, Nintendo has confirmed that’s not currently the case.

“We can confirm that manufacturing of the Nintendo 3DS family of consoles is complete,” a spokesperson said. told following reports that handheld consoles had been discontinued. “Nintendo and third-party games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems will continue to be available on Nintendo eShop, and in stores.”

“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,” the statement continued. “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 any previously purchased content for the foreseeable future.”

The Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, the newer Nintendo consoles, are currently available wherever such things are sold – assuming you can find them in stock. You can check out all of our previous Nintendo coverage here.

What do you think of the discontinuation of the Nintendo 3DS? Do you still have one or are you more likely to buy one now that they are no longer being made? Let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter at @rollinbishop to talk about all things gaming!

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