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Nintendo has abandoned the 3DS



Nintendo has stopped manufacturing all models of the 3DS, according to its Japanese website. Page listings for New 3DS LL, New 2DS LL, and 2DS are still posted, but each product lists “out of production” with its name and a message on the home page says the entire series has finished production. It is not clear when the change was made; several Japanese Twitter users noticed this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Nintendo’s US site seems to have erased all mentions of the 3DS in the last few hours. The home page does not include the handheld console, other than a support link at the bottom, under a similar link for the Wii U definitely dead.

The 3DS was announced in 201

0 and launched the following year. It suffered a rocky launch, with low sales and few notable programs, but began to gain momentum after a drastic drop in prices a few months after its release. To apologize to early adopters, Nintendo made 20 NES and Game Boy Advance games available for free.

The 3DS received several revisions throughout its life: the larger 3DS XL, the improved New 3DS, the low-priced 2DS, and finally the sleek 2DS XL. In total, Nintendo shipped more than 75 million 3DS consoles worldwide, less than half as much as its predecessor, the phenomenally popular DS. But overall, the system can be seen as a success and helped run the company during the rocky years of Wii U with over 384 million games sold.

Nintendo’s focus is now on the Switch, of course, as the hybrid nature of the console eliminates the need for a dedicated handheld system. The company shipped more than 61 million Switch consoles in late June, a figure that is likely to surpass the 3DS this holiday season.




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