The first sign of a console nearing the end of its life cycle is when a company announces the end of production. After that, it’s when it announces the end of repairs for the earlier models. Today we learned that Nintendo will no longer accept 3DS and 3DS XL consoles for repair services in Japan after March 31, 2021. The announcement arrived on the eve of the handheld console’s 10th anniversary.
Nintendo will no longer accept 3DS and 3DS XL consoles for repairs due to its shortage of parts and components needed to fix the hardware. This only applies to the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL. Repairs will carry on as usual for the New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS, and Nintendo 2DS XL, but we can expect those to wrap up soon as well.
It’s also worth noting that the announcement is only for Japan for now. Other regions will likely begin closing shop for 3DS and 3DS XL repairs shortly after Japan once parts start to run low. Nintendo slowly began phasing out 3DS support long before it ended production in September 2020, so it was just a matter of time until the other services ended. However, online services and the eShop will continue to be available until further notice.
The original Nintendo 3DS launched in Japan on Feb. 26, 2011. The Nintendo 3DS XL followed up with a 90% larger screen in July 2012. Since its debut 10 years ago, the Nintendo 3DS family of consoles has sold a total of 75.94 million hardware units and 385.85 million units in software sales. Since its launch less than four years ago, Nintendo Switch has already surpassed the 3DS in hardware and software sales.