3DS series production ended in Japan

Yolanda Curtis
September 18, 2020

Nintendo has announced that they're officially ceasing production of the 3DS family of devices.

Fans first noticed the console's discontinuation on Nintendo's Japanese website, which was quietly updated at some point earlier this week.

The Nintendo 3DS saw multiple redesigns, including the New Nintendo 3DS, the New Nintendo 3DS XL, the Nintendo 2DS, and the New Nintendo 2DS XL.

3DS first launched in February 2011. Meanwhile, the Nintendo US website doesn't reference the 3DS anywhere anymore. Nintendo America's 3DS page now just simply redirects to the home page.

It's the end of an era. "Online play and Nintendo eShop will continue to be available and it will be possible to access and re-download all previously purchased content in the foreseeable future". It launched with games like Pilotwings Resort, Steel Diver, and Nintendogs + Cats, and new services like StreetPass and SpotPass, but it didn't quite hit the mark at the start.

Of course, it's been clear ever since 2017 that Nintendo would shift their focus to the Nintendo Switch - all those above games came as a bit of a surprise, truth be told - with Nintendo's hybrid console selling like hotcakes right from the off. With the smashing success of the Nintendo Switch, it's only logical for the team to dedicate their efforts to further develop the console's future and its gaming content.

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