Nintendo 3DS Ends Production

Nintendo have announced on their website that the Nintendo 3DS system has ended production after almost a decade on the market.

Nintendo 3DS first launched in Japan on February 26, 2011, and a month later overseas. The family of systems had amassed 75.87 million units in sales as of June 30 this year with software at 384.07 million units. The 3DS is the fifth best-selling Nintendo system of all time behind Nintendo DS (154.02 million units), Game Boy (118.69 million units ), Wii (101.63 million units), and Game Boy Advance (81.51 million units).

No first-party software had released in approximately 18 months since Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn, with all development moving over to Nintendo Switch or mobile. The portable console has largely been marketed as an entry-level system for the past couple of years, although several games have continued to sell steadily with Mario Kart 7 sales at 18.71 million pieces at the end of March 2020, making it the best-selling title on the system..

Latter Nintendo 3DS models included the larger Nintendo 3DS XL which released in 2012, and the cheaper priced Nintendo 2DS with reduced features launching the following year (although not until 2016 in Japan). The annual updates continued in 2014 with the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL which boasted numerous technical improvements. The final new model, New Nintendo 2DS XL, launched in 2017.