The 3DS Has Been Discontinued, Nintendo Confirms

The 3DS Has Been Discontinued, Nintendo Confirms

With the handheld out of production, Nintendo's making the Switch and the Switch alone.

The first time I saw a Nintendo 3DS was at a GameStop kiosk in a mall, bolted in place there running Street Fighter 4. I remember being impressed that there was a pretty faithful version of the fighting game running on handheld, but walked away from the experience wondering if the 3D was too much of a gimmick. Well, nearly 76 million units later, Nintendo's finally retiring the 3DS line of products after close to a decade on the market.

In a statement given to GamesIndustry.biz, Nintendo confirmed that it stopped production of the 3DS earlier this year. That includes all iterations of the hardware, including the cheaper 2DS models that lacked the 3D slider functionality.

According to Nintendo's own hardware sales data, last updated in June of this year, the 3DS line of products sold 75.87 million units since it was first released in Japan in February of 2011. Over 384 million units of software were sold for the 3DS in that time.

By contrast, the Nintendo Switch has already sold over 60 million units (nearly 10 million in the past 6 months) since it launched in March 2017, with software sales having already eclipsed the 3DS figure by over 20 million. Of all of Nintendo's handheld product lines—Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, DS, and 3DS—the 3DS family moved the smallest number of units. To this day, the Nintendo DS still reigns as the company's top-selling line of devices with over 154 million units sold.

A Nintendo spokesperson tells GamesIndustry.biz that there are currently "no plans to end any existing online services for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems," including online play and Nintendo eShop sales.

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