Nintendo has formally discontinued its 3DS handheld gaming platform.
Spread the word on Thursday, with Twitter users in Japan The remaining 3DS models are listed as “out of production” on Nintendo’s Japanese-language website. A spokesperson for Nintendo confirmed the end of the 3DS in a statement to Polygon:
“We can confirm that the Nintendo 3DS family of systems has finished construction. Nintendo and third party games for the family of Nintendo 3DS will be available in the Nintendo eShop, on Nintendo.com, and in retail. The current library of more than 1,000 Nintendo 3DS games has several critically acclaimed titles and can provide years of content to enjoy and enjoy.
The Verge said on Wednesday that Nintendo’s US website has erased the presence of the 3DS in the last few hours.
The end of the 3DS is no surprise – the Nintendo Switch replaced the 3DS as the company’s state-of-the-art handheld, practically since its launch in early 2017. The 3DS nearly kicks off a 10-year run, launching in February 2011, going through several model revisions and changes, and with the new Nintendo 3DS, New 3DS XL, 2DS and 2DS XL ending in. The 3DS was the successor to Nintendo’s exceptionally popular DS line of handhelds, which debuted in 2004 and ended in 2013 with sales of 154 million units.
Nintendo stopped sales of 3DS hardware and software with its most recent quarterly statement. In the company’s statement for the fiscal year ending March 31, Nintendo announced lifetime hardware sales of the 3DS line at 75.7 million units, sold 383.1 million games for the platform and no forecast for future sales.
The Nintendo 3DS debuted at E3 2010, landing viewers on its upper screen with glasses-free 3D capability. But the calling cards of the 3DS were increasingly more of a novelty, as larger titles would ship without much thought of the 3D effect. The company launched the 3D-less Nintendo 2DS in the fall of 2013, as a low-cost alternative that still distributed to big game fans, such as Pokémon X And why
The new Nintendo 3DS, which added a second control stick, two more bumper buttons and a more powerful processor, was released in October (in Japan; it went west in 2015). A new Nintendo 2DS XL revision took place in April 2017, a month after the launch of the Switch. That the two screens are packaged in a clamshell design packing all the features of the 3DS XL – except for the 3D capability.
The best selling title for the 3DS line was 2011 Mario Kart 7, Followed by three Pokémon series – X And Y; Sun And The moon; And Omega ruby And Alpha Sapphire. The best-selling third party title was 2015. Monster hunter generation From Capcom.
Update: Soon after the publication of the original article, a Nintendo representative confirmed the 3DS end of the polygon. This post has been revised.