Nearly ten years after the launch of the 3DS, Nintendo stopped production of its last official handheld.
The assembly lines on which the 3DS was once manufactured in all its variations have come to a standstill. Nintendo has finally stopped production of the long-lasting handheld. This affects all revisions of the 3DS family. This is evident from the entries on the official Nintendo websites.
The 3DS appeared almost ten years ago in March 2011. Although it did not match the enormous success of its predecessor DS in terms of sales figures, it was anything but a failure with over 75 million units sold. After a bumpy start due to a high starting price of 250 euros and a thin launch line-up in connection with the stereoscopic 3D effect, which cannot be recognized by everyone, Nintendo reduced the price by 100 euros just a few months after the launch. Early buyers were rewarded with a range of NES, SNES and Game Boy Advance games, the latter of which were never otherwise available on the 3DS, as well as an Ambassador app.
Especially in times of a weakening Wii U, the 3DS felt like Nintendo’s primary console with a strong first and third party offering and, thanks to a wide range of games and numerous hardware innovations such as the 2DS or New 3DS, picked up speed in the long term. Despite repeated denials that the Switch would replace the 3DS, it became clear in recent years through increasingly rare releases that the last dedicated handheld from Nintendo had reached the end of its life cycle.