Nintendo 3DS had a rocky start upon launch in early 2011, so rocky that Nintendo basically issued an apology to all of its early adopters via the “Ambassador Program” that offered a bunch of exclusive free games. However, it overcame that initial hurdle and became yet another wildly successful Nintendo handheld console, going on to sell 75.87 million units across its full family of 3DS devices. However, as news site Japanese Nintendo first noted, Nintendo has now officially ended Nintendo 3DS production.
This can be seen in plain English on the Nintendo 3DS UK page, where the following statement may be read: “Please note: The manufacturing of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems has ended.” Some version of the same statement seems to appear on the Japanese website about two-thirds of the way down. Meanwhile, the Nintendo of America page for the 3DS family of devices currently just redirects to the home page.
The end of Nintendo 3DS production means the end of an era. Certainly, handheld gaming lives on in Nintendo Switch, and dedicated handheld gaming lives on Nintendo Switch Lite. But Switch, while unarguably superior in almost every way, doesn’t have the same aura of a 3DS or a Game Boy, does it?
In any case, Nintendo 3DS production had a long and varied run, with the base model, 3DS XL, 2DS, New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, and New Nintendo 2DS XL. It will be fondly remembered like most non-Virtual Boy Nintendo devices. Which model or models do you have?