Nintendo has discontinued each mannequin of the 3DS, in response to its Japanese website. The web page listings for the New 3DS LL, New 2DS LL, and 2DS are nonetheless reside, however every product lists “out of manufacturing” beneath its title. It’s not clear when the change was made; a number of Japanese Twitter customers noticed it this afternoon.
Nintendo’s US site, in the meantime, seems to have scrubbed all point out of the 3DS someday previously few hours. The homepage doesn’t characteristic the hand held console in any respect apart from a assist hyperlink all the best way on the backside — beneath an identical hyperlink for the definitely-dead Wii U.
The 3DS was introduced in 2010 and launched the next 12 months. It suffered a rocky launch, with low gross sales and little software program of observe, however started to pick up momentum after a dramatic value reduce just some months after its launch. By means of apology to early adopters, Nintendo made 20 NES and Recreation Boy Advance video games accessible without cost.
The 3DS obtained a number of revisions all through its life: the bigger 3DS XL, the improved New 3DS, the cut-price 2DS, and at last the smooth 2DS XL. In whole, Nintendo shipped greater than 75 million 3DS consoles worldwide — fewer than half as a lot of its predecessor, the phenomenally common DS. However total, the system could be seen as successful, and helped steer the corporate by the rocky Wii U years with greater than 384 million video games offered.
Nintendo’s focus is now absolutely on the Change, after all, with the console’s hybrid nature eradicating the necessity for a devoted handheld system. The corporate has shipped greater than 61 million Change consoles as of the top of June — a determine that’s prone to overtake the 3DS this vacation season.