Nintendo 3DS production has officially ended

Ruben Fields
September 18, 2020

The Nintendo 3DS was first released in 2011 at $250 and was able to display stereoscopic 3D to the player without the need of 3D glasses.

Nintendo has discontinued its handheld 3DS video game systems after almost a decade. Meanwhile, the Nintendo of America page for the 3DS family of devices now just redirects to the home page. Whatever is available on store shelves now is all that there will be.

Though today's news comes as no surprise, with Nintendo's focus having shifted towards the wildly popular Switch in the last few years, seeing the announcement finally made official feels melancholy all the same. 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. "The existing library of more than 1,000 Nintendo 3DS games contains many critically acclaimed titles".

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As of now, production has ended in Japan for all 3DS models, including the 3DS XL, 2DS, New 3DS, and New 3DS XL.

The Nintendo 3DS and Wii U were the final two systems that had Nintendo co-developing for each.

In a statement recently obtained by GamesIndustry.biz, a Nintendo spokesperson clarified: "We can confirm that the manufacturing of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems has ended". 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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