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Nintendo officially ends production of the 3DS family of systems

Farewell, old friend

It's been a long time since Nintendo released a title for the 3DS, but they have been manufacturing more units of the portable for sale around the world. Now that manufacturing run has come to an end.

Nintendo has announced that they're officially ceasing production of the 3DS family of devices. That includes any device in the 3DS family, such as 2DS, New 2DS XL, and so on. Whatever is available on store shelves now is all that there will be. If you want to add one of the portables to your collection, now's the time to do so.

Thanks to Naruki and Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Categories: Top Stories, Portables
Tags: 3ds

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stooped
Thu Sep 17 20 04:24am
Rating: 9 (Updated 1 time)

Funny how the 3DS played out. I thought the 3D effect was amazing, but somehow most people dismissed it as gimmicky. As a result Nintendo put less and less emphasis on it, eventually just dropping the feature altogether. Weird.

You know what's also really really weird (and maddening)? That they never released Virtual Boy games. Boggles my mind. That was the one chance to do it.

In anticipation of this eventuality, a few months ago I snagged a New Nintendo 2DS XL on sale and promptly put it on a shelf, unopened. Yeah, I'm one of those guys.

10 years from now it will either be worth a few hundreds bucks or basically worthless. We'll see!

So long friend...you did good.

Luckily I got my New 3DS XL fixed before this happened, and a 2DS XL as an alternative.

stooped
Thu Sep 17 20 04:24am
Rating: 9 (Updated 1 time)

Funny how the 3DS played out. I thought the 3D effect was amazing, but somehow most people dismissed it as gimmicky. As a result Nintendo put less and less emphasis on it, eventually just dropping the feature altogether. Weird.

You know what's also really really weird (and maddening)? That they never released Virtual Boy games. Boggles my mind. That was the one chance to do it.

I expected Virtual Boy games on the 3DS. Jools Watsham from Renegade Kid/Atooi reportedly pitched VB Wario Land to Nintendo (it's somewhere in his Twitter). Not only us, also some very important shareholder asked Iwata about the same thing on the The 73rd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders and the reply was: "I believe your comment is that we should take advantage of our software assets from Virtual Boy and I would like to take note of that advice for the future" (https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/stock/meeting/130627qa/index.html).

The 3D feature is still a big reason I go back to this handheld.

Fire Emblem battlefields looks absolutely stunning there. Castlevania Lords of Shadow was with playing for the 3D effect, and Mario 3D Land is a better game because of it.

There are a lot more examples. I’ll keep them in my heart.

They'd finished manufacturing the 3DS range some considerable time ago. It's the 2DS that's finishing up now.

peen2
Thu Sep 17 20 05:42am
Rating: 1 (Updated 1 time)

Good thing there's Citra
Goodbye 3DS. You won't be miss... along with past worthless Nintendo consoles

Now there’s an unpopular opinion!

I love the 3DS and its library. This isn't surprising, but I still feel a twinge of melancholy.

I hope the Switch by the end of its lifecycle has a 1st party software line-up as big and as varied as the 3DS had. 3DS has the most 1st party titles of any Nintendo system ever would be nice if the Switch matched it or surpassed it.

My new 3DS has battery issues, randomly turns off on its own. I wonder if I should get a new one cheap to try and transfer my stuff over.

I always had a soft spot for the 3DS. That little device helped me get through high school.

Got my New 3DS in July 2017, even though I haven't played that many games for it, I enjoyed it more than what I've played so far for the Switch.

It's definitely a system I'll miss.

This seemed so sudden to me, then I go check the original release date and it has been over 9 years that it has been in production. Wow, time sure flies by!

I had a ton of fun on the 3DS, it was easily my favorite handheld system...until the Switch came along!

I still go back to my 3DS all the time. I'm currently playing Super Mario 3D Land again in celebration of Mario's 35th anniversary and I'll be playing A Link Between Worlds again next year for LOZ's 35th as well. On top of that, I just bought a newly released 3DS game for my system last month funny enough. Atooi Collection from Limited Run Games. I guess that'll be the last.

Biggest regret in terms of games that never ended up on the system was Virtual Boy's Wario Land. It's a shame Nintendo didn't rescue that game from it's Virtual Boy prison and give it a new lease on life for many many fans to experience and enjoy, most for the first time. A real missed opportunity. Ah well.

The production may have ended, but the memories and legacy of the handheld won't. Oh, and it had actually had themes too.

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