Nintendo 3DS Finally Discontinued After 9 Years Of Production

The era of the Nintendo 3DS is finally coming to an official end. After 9 solid years of production and millions of hardware units sold, Nintendo have ceased production on the 3DS and all affiliate consoles. This is partly due to the success of the Nintendo Switch and partly due to the 3DS being at the end of its life cycle, the popular handheld console has had an impressive run regardless.

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After a long, storied history, the world’s first, proper attempt at 3D has finally decided to close its doors. The Nintendo 3DS – unveiled way back in March 2010 – has finally ceased production. In addition to this, the 3DS’ alternate models: 3DS XL, New 3DS, New 3DS XL, 2DS, and the New 2DS XL have all similarly followed suit. The Nintendo 3DS being discontinued isn’t the biggest surprise in the world as the console as had a huge amount of longevity and its younger brother – the Nintendo Switch – is well on the way to surpassing it.

End of an era.

End of an era.

According to Nintendo’s Dedicated Video Game Sales Units, the console sold over 75 million units and 384 million software units too. It stands to show that the 3DS was a big success for Nintendo. With games like: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Super Mario 3D Land, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and a whole host of Pokemon games, the console enjoyed a sustained period of handheld dominance. But now the Nintendo 3DS has been discontinued, and the Nintendo Switch will continue to dominate as it’s already racked up an astonishing 60 million units sold in just three years.

We leave you with the amazing debut trailer for the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo 3DS: Promo Trailer - E3 2010
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