The Japanese Nintendo website now lists the Nintendo 3DS as “Discontinued“, marking the end of a 9+ year run for Nintendo’s 3D handheld. The discontinued label was first reported by Verge.com which also pointed out that Nintendo’s North American website has also scrubbed most of the pages/links of anything 3DS. The 3DS has had few releases over the last year or so, with one of its last physical retail games Atooi Collection releasing last month.
The 3DS was released back in 2011 and lasted nearly 10 years. The system is home to a rich library of games, including some of the best RPGs released for a handheld. The system received a small hardware boost in the form of the “New” Nintendo 3DS which featured additional processing power, memory and better 3D tracking (for better 3D). The 3DS was slower to catch on than it’s predecessor (DS) in terms of sale figures with it’s current total sitting at 75.8 million units sold world wide according to the video game sales figures website Vgchartz.com. With the Nintendo Switch now dominating the market it makes sense that Nintendo would quietly discontinue production of the 3DS. This is the 1st time in a long time that Nintendo isn’t supporting both a console and dedicated handheld system at the same time. If you’re still longing for a more classic portable gaming system check out the newly announced Game Watch: Super Mario Bros. System which Nintendo announced a couple of weeks ago in honor of the 35th Anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. series.
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