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Nintendo has officially discontinued the 3DS

Buried amidst all the hubbub of release dates for a new console generation, was this sad bit of news: It’s the end of the road for the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo has officially discontinued every model of the novel little handheld device, which includes the original layer cake version, the New 3DS LL, New 2DS LL, and 2DS versions. Homepages on Nintendo websites have largely scrubbed the console from online existence, with the Japanese website informing fans of the console’s production demise.

Having shipped more than 75 million units worldwide, the Nintendo 3DS has still had a heck of an innings over at the Big N. Released in 2010, the console made use of a 3D top screen and a touchscreen at the bottom in its clamshell design, and while the games on offer were initially sparse, the years that followed would see Nintendo’s miracle machine populated with some of the best games of the 2010s. Fire Emblem was revived on the 3DS, Pokémon games a’plenty could be found on it and there was no shortage of charming indies to dip into either.

The 3D gimmick never truly caught on, and it wasn’t long before games ditched the headache-inducing (and false paranoia spread by a giggling pinhead on April Fool’s Day) feature. Nintendo even released a…

Darryn Bonthuys

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