A picture of a Nintendo 3DS, which replaced audio guides at the Louvre Museum taken on April 12, 2012 in Paris.

An image of a Nintendo 3DS, which changed audio guides on the Louvre Museum taken on April 12, 2012 in Paris.
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One in all Nintendo’s most beloved handheld consoles, the 3DS, has been discontinued. Nintendo confirmed in an announcement right now to Polygon that “manufacturing of the Nintendo 3DS household of techniques has ended.” The announcement comes a bit of over a 12 months after Nintendo mentioned the Switch Lite wasn’t going to replace the 3DS.

“We’ll proceed to assist our 3DS household of techniques so long as there’s demand,” mentioned Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser on the time.

It appears like there is no such thing as a longer sufficient demand.

It’s not a shock that the tip has come for the 3DS, and to some extent it’s not that shocking that it had as lengthy of a run because it did—practically 10 years! Its predecessor, the DS, was round for simply as lengthy, and stays Nintendo’s top-selling console with 154 million units sold.

When the Nintendo Switch was launched in 2017, it rapidly overtook the 3DS in recognition. As of June 30, Nintendo has bought greater than 61 million Switches. The firm bought nearly 76 million items of the 3DS by the identical date, based on Nintendo, making it the fourth best-selling Nintendo handheld console behind the DS, Recreation Boy, and Recreation Boy Advance. However the Change caught up rapidly, which can also be not a shock.

The 3DS first launched in Japan on Feb. 26, 2011, after which debuted in North America, Europe, and Australia the next month. It was the successor to the DS handheld console, that includes 3D results on the show with out using 3D glasses. Customers may entry Digital Console to obtain and play video games initially launched on older online game techniques, and watch films or movies on Netflix, Hulu Plus, and YouTube. The 3DS additionally featured an web browser.

In all, Nintendo supplied six fashions as a part of the 3DS lineup: the threeDS, 3DS XL, 2DS, New 3DS, New 3DS XL, and New 2DS XL. All have been launched inside 1-2 years of each other. The 2DS fashions axed the 3D show, and the XL fashions featured bigger shows, because the XL moniker signifies. The 2DS XL additionally featured a clamshell design as an alternative of the 2D’s slate fashion.

The top 10 bestselling games on the 3DS included Mario Kart 7, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Pokémon X/Pokémon Y. These, together with the present library of greater than 1,000 3DS video games from Nintendo and third events, will nonetheless be accessible, based on Nintendo. Not less than there’s that bit of excellent information for individuals who nonetheless play video games commonly on their 3DS.

The 3DS wasn’t used for simply gaming, both. The Louvre museum in Paris had a five-year partnership with Nintendo at one level, during which it used a whole bunch of 3Ds consoles to switch its older audio guides with one thing extra interactive.

Nintendo has clearly been massively profitable within the handheld console market, and every era of console has struck a chord with the era who grew up with it. Was the 3DS your absolute fave or have you ever lengthy since moved on? Let’s reminisce within the feedback.

#RIP #Nintendo #3DS


Joanna Nelius