The DS family of systems have finally been put to rest
The Verge reported today that the Japanese Nintendo website has discontinued the Nintendo 3DS line of systems, ending production on the nine-year console and putting the DS brand of gaming handhelds, which started 16 years ago in Japan, to rest.
It was previously reported that Nintendo had already ended production on the New Nintendo 3DS and older systems, leaving the larger variants of the New Nintendo 3DS and 2DS as the remaining consoles on sale, but now that has been confirmed, with the Japanese Nintendo website saying "the production of the Nintendo 3DS series has been discontinued" on all product pages. The Nintendo of America site has removed all traces of the system outside of the support section.
The Nintendo 3DS launched in 2011 to middling success, thanks in part due to the high price point of the system and the lack of critically acclaimed launch titles. After a price drop and a few holiday seasons under the system's belt, the Nintendo 3DS went on to sell 75.87 million units over the various 2DS and New Nintendo 3DS variants. The best selling game on the system was Mario Kart 7 (a common best seller on Nintendo consoles, Mario Kart 8 is the best selling game on both the Wii U and Nintendo Switch), with the three main series Pokémon games following suite. The final high profile game to be released for the system was Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth in mid 2019.
With the discontinuation of the Nintendo 3DS – which was a long time coming – Nintendo's main focus going forward will be the Nintendo Switch and other ways to utilize existing Nintendo IP.
What are some of your Nintendo 3DS memories? Tell us down in the comments below! Personally, I remember being excited about buying my own gaming system with my own money for the first time, saving up for the limited edition Red Pokémon X and Y Nintendo 3DS – which is still kicking, 7 years later.
Source: The Verge
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.