Sep 18, 2020 Games
The Japanese video game company has chosen to discontinue its set of 3DS systems, shifting its focus entirely the Nintendo Switch. On Nintendo’s Japanese website, the message “Production of the main body of the Nintendo 3DS series has been discontinued," is posted and under the New 3DS LL, New 2DS LL, and the 2DS listings, the tag “out of production” can be seen.
While the news is alarming for many, it should be noted that only production has been discontinued. The games will still be available for the 3DS and its variations via the Nintendo eShop and various retailers. Furthermore, there are no plans to end online play.
The portable console was first released in 2011 and while it didn’t do well at first, after dropping the price, sales drove up and Nintendo gained the repute it has today. It bought us great titles like Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, Fantasy Life, Kirby Triple Deluxe which have a special place in the hearts of all those who grew up with them.
Currently the company plans on increasing the production of the Switch hybrid console, raising its target for this fiscal year to up to 30 million units. In addition, there are rumors of a possible launch of a new version of Nintendo Switch which could run games in 4K.