For the first time since 1989, Nintendo is a platform holder for a device.
The Japanese giant has retired the 3DS and its various iterations and instead focused solely on the Switch.
Nintendo confirmed that 3DS production had ended in a statement earlier this year GamesIndustry.biz.
“We can confirm that the manufacturing of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems is complete,” said a spokesman. “Nintendo and third-party games for the Nintendo 3DS system family will continue to be available on Nintendo eShop, Nintendo.com and in retail stores.
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The spokesman added: “We currently have no plans to end any existing online services for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Online games and Nintendo eShop will continue to be available and it will be possible to access and use all previously purchased content for the foreseeable future download again. ” Future.”
The Nintendo website has also been updated to confirm that all forms of the 3DS have been discontinued.
The 3DS, launched in March 2011, sold 75.9 million units worldwide as of June 30, 2020. Total software sales are over 384 million units.
It was developed as the successor to the Nintendo DS family, the company’s best-selling device to date with 154 million units.
For comparison, the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance families sold 118.7 million and 81.5 million units, respectively.
The main selling point of the 3DS was initially the glasses-free 3D vision, a feature that lost importance over the years – especially after the introduction of the non-3D 2DS.