The Nintendo 3DS is a strange device for sure, and newer models don't even include its defining feature: the glasses-less 3D. But despite its weird gimmick, the 3DS went on to become a noble successor to the massively popular Nintendo DS, and the Nintendo Game Boy and its iterations before it. But now it looks to be the end of the road for the 3DS.
This week Nintendo gave its most recent financial briefing to investors. There, Nintendo outlined a brief overview of its 2019 release calendar. There wasn't anything that wasn't announced before, but there was also an obvious lack of something: any 3DS games whatsoever.
Zero first-party 3DS games were scheduled for 2019, and when Kotaku reached out to ask about the omission, they received the following response from a Nintendo spokesperson: "We have nothing new to announce regarding first-party software for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems." They added, "We can confirm that new software is coming from third-party publishers."
Since the launch of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo has maintained that its more powerful handheld console will not affect the business of its not-as-powerful handheld console. But with the Switch in full force this year with Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, and Pokemon, all properties that were last released on the 3DS, it sure seems like Nintendo's little portable is now being left out.
The 3DS' life expectancy has only gotten shorter since the rumors of a lighter, cheaper Nintendo Switch. Nintendo said there wouldn't be a hardware announcement at E3, but that just means Nintendo can choose literally any other week to announce such a hardware.
While it's not a huge surprise, it is a bit of a shame. The 3DS, even without the 3D gimmick, was a good console and a good portable platform. The graphics were far superior to those of the Nintendo DS, and, honestly, I still have a soft spot in my heart for those shiny, candy-colored, first generation 3DS models. May the 3DS rest in peace.