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Nintendo Ceases Production of 3DS Handheld Consoles

It’s the end of an era.

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As first spotted by Japanese Nintendo, Nintendo’s official website has marked the 3DS family of consoles as out of production.

Nintendo’s Japanese and UK websites have both been updated with a notice stating that the manufacturing of the handhelds has ended, while the American website’s 3DS page no longer exists, instead redirecting straight to the homepage.

The 3DS first launched in Japan on February 26, 2011, followed by launches in Europe and North America on March 25, 2011 and March 27, 2011, respectively.

After some initial teething problems, the console found its foothold in the market, and eventually grew to include the Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS, New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL.

It failed to capture the unprecedented levels of success enjoyed by its predecessor, the Nintendo DS, however with more than 75 million units sold between the various models, it was more than capable of helping push Sony’s PlayStation Vita to an early grave.

Though today’s news comes as no surprise, with Nintendo’s focus having shifted towards the wildly popular Switch in the last few years, seeing the announcement finally made official feels melancholy all the same.

This is one SpotPass nobody could ever really be ready for.

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Tony Cocking
A miserable little pile of secrets. Unabashed Nintendo stan, Resident Evil fancier and obscure anime enthusiast who insists everything is funnier when the rule of three is applied. Oh, and once I saw a blimp!