May 23, 2022

Nintendo Discontinues the 3DS Family of Consoles

Despite selling in excess of 75 million units, Nintendo has officially ceased production on the Nintendo 3DS family of consoles.

Nintendo has officially called it a day on its line of handheld gaming consoles.

Production on the Nintendo 3DS, which was the latest in a line of Nintendo DS models, has officially finished.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, a Nintendo spokesperson said;

“We can confirm that the manufacturing of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems has ended. Nintendo and third-party games for the Nintendo 3DS family will continue to be available in Nintendo eShop, Nintendo.com, and at retail.

The existing library of more than 1,000 Nintendo 3DS games contains many critically acclaimed titles. These titles can provide years of content to explore and enjoy”.

If you have been left fearing that this means the end of support for your 3DS user, don’t worry.

The spokesperson added;

“We currently have no plans to end any existing online services for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Online play and Nintendo eShop will continue to be available. It will be possible to access and re-download all previously purchased content in the foreseeable future”.

So, there we have it. After 31 years, Nintendo only has one console to offer. Nintendo’s line of handheld consoles has included; the Game Boy family [Game Boy, Game Boy Colour, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP], the Nintendo DS family [original DS, DS Lite, the 3DS, the DSi, the 2DS, and “XL” models of these], and a few notable one-offs [the Virtual Boy].

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What are your favourite Nintendo DS memories or games? Will you lament the loss of such a stalwart member of the Nintendo catalogue? Or, do you see this as merely an easier way to choose which Nintendo product to pick up for your gaming fix? Let us know in the comments section.


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