Production of the mighty Nintendo 3DS system has been officially discontinued, Nintendo has confirmed.
The news comes nine years after the handheld machine first hit the market back in 2011, introducing truly innovative glasses-free 3D tech and a fantastic library of games that would be enjoyed for years to come. The discontinuation applies to all six models of the 3DS family – the 3DS, 3DS XL, New 3DS, New 3DS XL, 2DS and New 2DS XL.
Sales of the 3DS have been steadily falling since the arrival of the Switch back in 2017, and Nintendo failed to provide any future sales forecast for the system in its recent fiscal year earnings report, suggesting that its discontinuation may well be just around the corner.
If you're still thinking of buying a 3DS at this late stage and happen to see any in-stock at major stores, now will be your last chance to get a brand new console.
It seems fitting at this point to revisit our list of the best Nintendo 3DS games ever made – a celebration of the console's finest moments. If you haven't already, feel free to give that a read and see how many you've played.
We're sure you have plenty of fond memories playing with your 3DS. You're welcome to share them in the comments below.
[source nintendo.co.jp, via gonintendo.com]
Long live the 3DS, the last great portable console!
No, I am not including the Switch.
Great selection of games on that machine. Still working through some of them and very much enjoying it.
bye2 legend thanks for the services
Absolutely brilliant console. Loved my 3DS and 2DS. Never played the 2DS XL but tempted to get one before they're not available at all.
So long, 3DS, and thanks for all the [s]fish[/s] games.
I wanted to buy a 3DS XL a few months ago but the only models I could find new were the newer 2DS XL models. I ended up having to get one second-hand.
I know that this would have been inevitable... But it still makes me a bit sad.
Perhaps my favorite video game system ever. You will be missed.
End of an era indeed.
I was never a fan of the 3DS era, to be honest I always saw it as a low point for Nintendo as far as their handhelds go, sort of related to the Wii U era IMO, but it sold well enough so I guess I can thank it for keeping Nintendo afloat during a trying time.
I guess it's time to officially say goodbye to the 3DS. Your era of games and memories will not be forgotten.
One of the best gaming pieces of hardware ever designed.
This means replicas will be available on Ali express in some time.
I thought they had already stopped making it a while ago! I wanted to get a new New 3DS XL at the start of lockdown to play some games I hadn’t played before but regular stores had all sold out (some had stock of the 2ds but wanted the real 3D deal).
Out of luck I managed to find the SNES edition being sold with not too much of a mark up. Have enjoyed playing Super Mario 3D Land, Ocarina, Fire Emblem Awakening and some classic gameboy colour games (2x oracle games, Mario golf, 6 golden coins). What to play next?
Sniff. What a trooper. I hope Nintendo returns to the dual-screen handheld concept one day - that library is too good to leave in the dirt.
Ah and how could I forget Link Between Worlds - one of the main reasons I bought the console!
@Krull Well at least Microsoft is doing it now with the Surface Neo.
Great console that has some awesome games, but as with everything it had to come to an end at some point.
The 3DS is still alive in my house. 😁🍻🤟
This will sit snugly next to my Vita and Switch for many years to come. Discontinued does not mean switched off.
Thanks for all the good times. I traded in my OG 3DS way back in 2018 but still have my Ocarina of Time one unopened, LBW XL, N3DS & SNES N3DS XL.
Plenty of JRPGs still to go through, think I may fire it up soon in honour.
okay now I feel bad for completely ignoring this beautiful piece of hardware the moment I got a Switch...
@Joriss I found the 3DS quite hard to go back to after getting my Switch... An amazing handheld during it's prime though!
It's been fun old friend.
I'm glad it was ultimately successful after a rough start. Great games and a lot of moments it still has to offer me. It will never be dead to me.
still playing a lot on the 3ds, my favorite handheld.....
My favourite console, I still spend more time on my 3DS then I do on my Switch. With so so many great 3DS games and then you have access to the many, many great DS games, it will be a timeless console, it'll take years to play through the impressive library.
I thoroughly enjoyed the 3DS from its release until today and definitely beyond. It's the only console I've played so much I had to get a replacement!
I tried to fix it but the screws stripped and I couldn't get into it without breaking it beyond repair. I was gutted.
@Clyde_Radcliffe Word, well the 3DS did keep me sane during that long flight the first time I went to Japan
This isn't just the end of the 3DS era, but also the end of dual-screen gaming in general.
It's been a fun 15 years.
Still some awesome RPGs at a great price on the eShop. I'll be so sad when mine breaks and I can't replace it.
Yay the value of my old consoles just went up!!
Wasn't aware there's still new stocks of the 3DS. What I could see were the regular colored ones.
Happy with my Pikachu and Hyrule versions though I missed out on the FE Fates one!
Farewell 3DS but I hope they don't pull the plug on the 3DS eShop anytime soon. The idea of losing all the 3DS digital only games and Gameboy/Gameboy Color VC games would suck.
A fine handheld here. Good times with the Fire Emblem games and Monster Hunter 4.
Add it to the list of legendary consoles. One of the best game libraries on a console to date. I thought I'd hate some games like FE:Awakening but now I absolutely love them.
My New 3DS is a real thing of beauty with its Majora Mask cover plates.
Well guess It's time to finally upgrade to a 3DS XL. So how long before the eshop access gets shut down? I got alot of leftover games in my wishlist. Farewell Nintendo's best handheld! No switch is not a handheld. Not in my house. Mine stays in the dock.
I loved the 3DS but the Switch replaced it as soon as it came out.
I never touched my 3DS since.
@Zeldafan79 Can I still play the 3DS games on the 3ds after its discontinued?
I'm so lucky to get four 3DS XL machines in 3 different regions (USA, Japan and PAL). 😄
USA / NTSC U: Old 3DS XL Pink White & New 3DS XL Pearl White (Left)
Japan : New 3DS LL Pearl White (Top Right)
PAL : New 3DS XL Fire Emblem edition (Bottom Right)
A great console ,a great library.
The end of the entire DS era.
@scottdevine48 No, all 3DS downloaded games will now self-destruct! (joke)
Great console. My new 3ds in regular size from 2015 is a lovely piece of kit.
Currently playing Yo Kai Watch 1. Seems there's always something I've not played yet 😀
Hopefully it's a while before they drop service for the eshop on 3DS. I mean you can still use PSN on PS3 and that thing is from 2006.
Astonishingly good system, released at the perfect point of my life with so many amazing memories! Will continue to play my 2011 console for years to come!
It's had an amazing run after the rocky start, it may be discontinued but I will still continue to play mine now and then...
So in that regard long live the 3DS!!
I bought my 2DS XL last year and am still absolutely loving it. I use it nearly every day, more than my Switch! I kind of wish I got two now that they're out of production. May pick up a 3D model down the line on eBay.
It had to happen at some point
It had a good run
RIP one of the best consoles in history
Welcome to the hall of fame!
@Slowdive Let's not forget Iwata was actively laying the foundation for the Nintendo Switch during his final years, so we are now enjoying an even greater era thanks to the final fruits of his labor. Iwata's legacy remains strong even today through--along with the efforts of his team of engineers--his conceptualization of the "NX."
Sometimes I catch 3ds fever. Last time about 2 months ago it was mario kart 7 that gave it to me. It got so bad or should I say good ,that I even switched my PlayStation tv on and played 2 games also.
For me this was one of the great consoles. I went mainly digital and the VC library in your hand is superb, especially if you were lucky enough to get the GBA games. Still play mine often, and I still love the 3D technology. I know it wasn't for everyone but I thought it was amazing. The 3DS library is diverse and fantastic. A perfect console for me.
Tremendous console. Possibly my fave handheld of all time. Still dipping in now i am picking up a lot of games on the cheap, and i think it will be the first console i introduce to my son and daughter in a couple of years.
the games i own that i never played...
I still use mine regularly, I use it more then my Switch actually. That won't change for awhile.
Were Nintendo still making 3DS machines? I thought it had been 2DS only for a while now.
Keeping mine just so I can still play Nintendo pocket football club.
Wish they would make a Switch version.
I'm gonna miss that 3D effect. My favorite games for using it were:
Ocarina of Time 3D
Majora's Mask 3D
Super Mario 3D Land
Mario Kart 7
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
@Zeldafan79 yeah but nintendo
Damn, thought I had a bit longer. I want a brand new one before they're gone, my current one has been played to death, as in the battery life is like 30 minutes and several buttons don't register input anymore. May have to jump on one sooner rather than later, I need continued access to the Fire Emblem games.
Great platform with some great games.
WE’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!!!!!
I've had every Nintendo console/handheld since the NES. If I think about it, I think I've spent more time playing the 3DS (since launch - today) than any other Nintendo system (maybe other than the NES.) It's the best handheld system of all time. It has one of the best back catalogs of any system. It was also the best "social" system ever made. I took it everywhere. Pre-COVID, I went to a lot of comic cons a year, and I would always take it with me hoping to get some of the missing states (countries/territories) I was missing on street pass. Street Pass was on of my favorite things about the system. Thank you 3DS, for all the great memories, but I'm not done with you yet!
What a great console the 3DS was/is. I will never forget StreetPass, playing way too much Monster Hunter 4, New Leaf... damn. I put so much time into my 3DS, arranging my hundreds of digital games into neat folders...
I'll never forget it.
Good night sweet prince. The 3DS had and has an incredible library, and was so integral to keeping Nintendo afloat while the Wii U struggled. A wonderful little console, it stands with some of the best Nintendo’s ever made.
Definitely true for those games, but I also like Capcom’s use of 3D in Resident Evil Revelations too.
My absolute favorite console ever.
I have been wanting to buy a New 3DS (NOT new 3DSXL, NOT new 2DS) for many years and couldn't find one for anything close to regular price. It seems production of certain models ceased many years ago. I regret buying the XL model instead when they released the two "new" ones.
Regarding the console in general and the library of games. I love both immensely. I absolutely loved the goggle free stereoscopic 3D effect. Most people seem to forget this was the unique selling point to begin with. This for me was truly amazing, groundbreaking and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I became very upset when somewhere along the line most developers completely ignored it and churned out 2D games. For more than half its lifetime there were hardly any games taking advantage of the 3D (including by Nintendo themselves). I thought it was a cheap copout and such a missed opportunity. Oh and the 2DS can one.
I still carry a small model New 3DS with me. It's a fantastic system with an awesome library. I love Super Stable 3D. It's one of my favorite features Nintendo has ever implemented.
@HexagonSun The small New 3D is the best handheld that Nintendo has ever made. I still use it a lot, more than my Switch.
@MoonKnight7 That was a good one too. Pretty amazing what they were able to achieve with that game on the hardware.
I sort of agree. I liked the 3DS, but the original DS is probably my all-time favorite piece of Nintendo hardware. It just had such a vast library of quality games and it was one of the few times in Nintendo’s history where the third party titles outshone the first party.
It was, it looked really good on that little screen. Even being able to change the 3D depth in the game settings gave you even more 3D moodiness to play with. Story kinda lost me by the end, but it was a solid game for sure.
An era has closed...
Yeah, not surprised at all (I didn't even know they were still making them), but I'm glad I nabbed a New 2DS while I still could - my DS/3DS collection ain't going anywhere, and I doubt they'll be completely replaced by Switch iterations for a good long while yet...
Brilliant console. Had the OG, then the XL then the New3DSXL. Good times. Will still keep mine for many a year. Too many good games downloaded. Plus it plays my DS catridges!
Respect! The 3DS may have started out on a bit of a bumpy road but it was a truly fantastic console with some amazing games. The whole 3DS family of consoles will be looked upon very fondly by gamers.
RIP 3DS family! I'll never forget me and my sons throwing our systems in a backpack or pockets and heading to Mcdonald's or the mall looking for Streetpasses. Wow, and the games on that system, awesome library.
I remember when 3DS first launched I decided to pass on it and wait for the Vita instead. Years later my Vita did okay, but it can't compare to the great games I eventually played on 3DS. Such a great console and I'll always keep that 3D slider maxed!
I still remember when it came out. I'm still playing several games I never got to ! I play my DS and 3DS regularly, Switch or not.
I took a picture of my brother standing next to the 3DS on the shelves in the store so the memory of 3DS on sale will last now. Kind of silly but dammit I love that console! And I’d have done the same for GBA had we phone cameras back then!
Sad day. Easily my favorite handheld.
@sanderev Great. Now I can't get that song out of my head. Thank you so much 😛
ah I see, it is not on nintendo.com
The Game Boy Advance that never was.
What of the eShop though? How long until all those sweet 3DS and DSiWare games cease to exist? Just thinking about all those re-released titles that you know will not be making a comeback, Mysterious Murasame Castle, Pokemon Crystal with link support, Four Swords single player, it's best not to dwell in the past I guess.
But, why couldn't Nintendo ever release a top screen TV viewer or something? Or at least release a model with excellent screen quality.
You will be missed but never forgotten
Looks like I'll just be skipping over any New 3DS games sadly. Really wanted to play Hey Pikmin! (I know it's not a standard Pikmin game, but I love that genre). But I'm saving my money for a Switch, so buying another handheld for a few games seems pointless now. I understand why they dropped it.
Though I never had one seems to be a well loved system. Had a really rough launch but seemed to blossom into something special!
@AlienX Even the Wii U eShop is still online, so I think it will remain for the coming years. Maybe eventually if the Switch successor comes around and nobody is playing on the 3DS anymore..
The Nintendo 3DS is my favorite video game system of all time. It had two of my favorite games of all time (Pokémon Y and Animal Crossing: New Leaf) and my favorite online game of all time (Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon). The 3D effect was outstanding, and I enjoyed seeing it in every new game for years and years. The StreetPass feature surprised and amazed me, and I still remember being the first one among my friends to discover there was a limit to the number of games you could have StreetPass on for at any given time (and of course, it was when I was playing the Bravely Default demo, so I had to use up one of my limited number of plays to go into settings and make room for it lol). This system really helped me get through high school and the few years of uncertainty in between high school and college, and I'm so glad it was as successful as it was!
@Lordplops There is probably over a dozen wonderful 3DS that I just missed (so many great games!). I'll be purchasing those and the cheap and enjoying this system for years to come.
One of the best libraries of any console, and my most played system by far (with many hours still to come).
I hope they will still provide repair services(like fixing the screen or replacing the battery)for a little longer. Also, I think stopping the Nintendo Zone was a dumb move because I have Yo-kai Watch Blasters and there are unlockables connected to StreetPass.
Best handheld ever! I remember the excitement of getting it! Still got a load of stuff to play on it.
The greatest handheld ever, glad i have 5 various models for future play.
This is so sad but I get it. The 3DS is by far the greatest handheld ever made. I have over 60 games on it and dumped thousands of hours into its amazing library. Thanks for the memories old friend. I'll keep it forever.
I do have fond memories of playing my 3DS. Just yesterday I was playing Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Memories. Misty water-colored memories of the way we were.
Probably my fave system of all time.i think I got 13 of thethe different models which will last me til I’m like dead! I think my fave is my 2d Xl white orange it’s beautiful. Love the design and the 3ds analogue beats the hell out of switch sticks for me. Good times got about 100 games and still a few I haven’t tried yet. How long is the shop up for? Will probably download a few games to say goodbye when they do . What a library. Hope one day they do a switch clamshell design with better sticks xxxxx
@tatchy I would pass on the 2ds xl. The speakers are in awkward place. You can accidentally cover them up while holding it.
I got mine on day 1 and I’m still playing it now - I started Dragon Quest VIII last night!
My 3DS is still going strong and steady along my Switch. Gotta play through it's great library!
The Queen/King is gone, but their legacy lives on!
Pour one out for a legacy that, as far as I'm concerned, began 16 years ago with the DS. That folding design that kept it safe in my pocket. That irreplaceable, ever-present second screen! The voodoo that made 3D possible just by looking at the screen! I downloaded virtual console games. I took it EVERYWHERE so I could make tags. I completed every picture puzzle at the Plaza. I still use it today for games that will never ever see a proper rerelease like Etrian Odyssey and Rhythm Heaven. You will be missed!
I got a 2DS XL not too long ago. Still playing through the games I've never played since the last Nintendo handheld I got was the Game Boy Advance.
Too bad DS games aren't on the eShop and I need to find used cartridges.
@Tipehtfomottob still got my 25th anniversary ocarina of time 3ds...
Sleep well old friend
An excellent, excellent family of systems indeed, with an awesome library as well as access to most of the DS's catalogue to boot. I still play my two 3DS systems pretty regularly; they frequently fight with my Switch for my attention lol.
All good things must come to an end, unfortunately. The writing has been on the wall for years, especially for the 3D-capable models. I picked up a late SNES N3DS XL on Amazon during the holidays a couple of years ago and don't regret that move at all.
I only bought a 3DS last year and I'm so happy i did. The games on it are so much fun and the variety is incredible. Hopefully the eshop doesnt shut down too soon
Man, now I'll never finish the street pass puzzles!
Here's hoping this portends to addition to Nintendo Switch Online of a Nintendo Switch Online 2DS app. You run these games through an emulator and even without the 3D effect they look fantastic at 1080p or 4K. My dream is to play Ocarina and Majora 3D on a television because they have high quality "future proof" assets. It can be done and it has been done and they'd be much better than the N64 versions. I'm even willing to give Mario 64 DS a shot to play through the game as Luigi. There's gold in them thar hills, people!
It had such a rough start too. I enjoyed the 3DS alot. One thing In really enjoyed was street pass feature. I loved taking my 3DS with on Vacation and see where In would get hits from. Wish they would incorporate into the Switch.
Still a great system and I am sure fans will keep it alive for many years.
@westman98 You don't think we'll get a Switch DS? I think the Switch Lite was a step closer to Switch DS, just add a fairly inexpensive non-touch top screen. Maybe shrink it up a little bit more.
Monster Hunter Stories. Kid Icarus Uprising. Luigi's Mansion 2. Hey! Pikmin. The 2 Kirby games. Whatever the big DS games were that haven't been ported yet. Don't see how Nintendo ports them w/o 2 screens and it seems like too many games to never be able to sell - or play - again. Just think how much better some of the Wii U games could be with 2 screens. Well the ones they havent' ported yet, which are, hmm, give me a sec, oh well I give up on that one. Oh XC2, gotta work those mining areas.
Also Pikmin 4 could be waiting for Switch DS, hence the 3 year delay.
I don't think the 3D is ever coming back, that died w/ 2DS, but the clam shell design is just so Nintendo. Can't let that go.
Not this year, probably not next, maybe 2022 if Nintendo is going to keep Switch around for 7-8 years. Might even be nice for typing in some games like Animal Crossing, or inventory management. ACNH rarely uses the touchscreen, almost never. 2 screens would help a lot.
PS - Before you say NO to Switch DS just remember all those people who said we could never get a Switch Lite b/c if the Joycon don't come off and it doesn't output to a TV then there is no Switch. And they are right, there is no "switch' in Switch Lite, but it came just the same.
SwitchDS isn't happening. It's single-screen gaming from here on out.
@westman98 See my edit above. There is no "no" in Nintendo.
I mean, come on, they are a company that said you needed 3D for their 3DS games, and then they made a 2DS to play those same games. 🤪
3DS thanks for the amazing games i played in my 3DS, 3DS XL e New 3DS XL.
The 3DS unintentionally became the system I own the most games for besides Gamecube (which I collect) with a current 70 physical games and a handful of digital games, and still some more that I plan on getting. It just speaks to the sheer volume of quality content on the system. It's really incredible to think that the struggling successor to the DS in 2011 would become such a beloved system.
Creating a Switch DS would require a lot more work than removing the 3D screen from the 3DS.
@BanjoPickles Yeah the DS definitely had a better library IMO, solid 3'rd party offerings that went away for the most part with the 3DS.
Well that sucks!
I really love the 3D effect, and hope that Nintendo makes more 3D handhelds in the future.
Been gaming since the good old Gameboy Pocket and I have to say, the 3DS is in my top 3 consoles of all time. Switch is still playing catch up
@westman98 More work than removing the Joycon from the sides of the Switch and bolting them on?
Nintendo just shut down all of it's 2DS and 3DS manufacturing. I'm sure they could figure out how to add a top screen to the Lite. Not the Switch, b/c you couldn't fit it in the dock and the Joycon coming on & off would be weird, but the Lite?
I'm not expecting them to just "add a top screen to a Lite". They went from 3DS to 2DS, then 2DS to 2DS XL. Adding a 2nd screen to the top of a Switch Lite - which kind of looks like a New 2DS XL bottom - would take some reworking, but it's nothing compared to 3DS vs 2DS, ie nothing they haven't done before.
New 3DS XL to New 2DS XL had some interesting modifications that would go a long way towards making a Switch DS. The hinge is much smaller, just the middle, not edge to edge. The camera and the speakers moved from the top half to the bottom. The top half of the New 2DS XL is pretty much ONLY a screen now. I think the hardware guys at Nintendo could figure it out.
Maybe Nintendo doesn't want to, maybe 2 screen gaming is dead, and it's not worth it just for DS, 3DS and Wii U ports, but I don't think the hardware would get in the way at all, just look at that New 2DS XL. Just add a top screen to Switch Lite, done.
3DS was an interesting console. It was never as successful as the Game boy and DS families but it was successful enough to keep Nintendo afloat during the disastrous Wii U era. It has good games but very few memorable ones.
I had one and if it wasn't for Animal Crossing, I may have stopped playing with it. It was a cool console anyhoo and has a solid library. Its VC was awesome.
RIP 3DS, soon Nintendo will end the eShop for that too. If you hadn't bought anything on there yet better to go check it and buy whatever you can before the shop close for good.
Nintendo is indeed unpredictable but I think dual-screen gaming is gone for good. "Switch but with 2 screens like the NDS" isn't as good of a selling-point as you make it seem to be.
My favorite system ever mainly because of the 3D. I still own four of them, so I think I'll be okay.
@westman98 "Switch but with 2 screens like the NDS" isn't as good of a selling-point as you make it seem to be."
I don't know, sounds like a better selling point than:
Introducing Switch Lite. It's the Switch, but you can't take off the Joycon, and it doesn't have TV out.
So yeah, Switch w/ 2 screens for all your DS, 3DS and Wii
U games played properly sounds like a good selling point to me.
I mean yeah, you're probably right, no Switch DS. For 1 the name is stupid, 2 it would be pretty big, and 3 the price. The price is the real obstacle to overcome, $249 3DS showed that.
But it just seems SO Nintendo. Like a 2DS for 3D games. Or a Switch Lite that doesn't Switch.
But I'm not holding my breath either. Holding my breath for Switch TV, which is even less likely than Switch DS, b/c no power. So if I had to pick 1, it's Switch DS, by process of elimination. Nintendo isn't done yet.
i wish we had that Football club game in the USA... I always wanted to play it!
But, but, but, but fanboys kept saying Switch/Swith Lite are NOT the 3DS's successors, only the failed Wii U's successors, and that articles by Nintendo Life saying the 3DS was dead were lying and that the 3DS was selling like hotcakes, even with Switch on the market, and that the 3DS was the best selling handheld Nintendo ever made, even though the numbers say otherwise:
Game Boy: 119 million
Game Boy Advance: 81 million
Nintendo DS: 154 million
Nintendo 3DS: 75 million
@DK-Fan GBA/DS kept Nintendo afloat during the disastrous GameCube era too.
@MoonKnight7 is THAT why Nintendo posted their first loss in April, 2012 from the Wii U that didn't even exist on store shelves for another 7 months, because 3DS kept them afloat? https://www.bbc.com/news/business-17852137#:~:text=Nintendo%2C%20the%20Japanese%20game%20giant,bn%20yen%20the%20year%20before.
A very sad day for me, the 3DS is easily the greatest handheld console of all time, it's library will unlikely ever be beaten, i still use mine everyday, there's still plenty of games i haven't gotten around to getting for it yet, from its own titles to VC and original DS games, i'll be playing on mine for years to come.
The 3DS is dead, long live the 3DS !!!! lol
sorrow The last truly great pocketable console is dead
I think most Nintendo consoles users figure this was coming after the Switch launched onto the scene and to think otherwise is just misguided thoughts.
I think it overstayed its welcome for many years. Regardless, I still have many fond memories of the 3DS.
@Wizardling Not really dead in the sense everything is gone but no more new hardware. But they still have plenty of games to play and I got a library of 300+ 2DS/3DS games still holding their own.
This is fairly sad, but it was coming. But the 3DS won't be truly dead until no one is playing on one anymore.
I still fully expect My Nintendo to only have 3DS and Wii U rewards.
@SwitchForce Yep. I've still got a few must play titles I'll now be getting to sooner rather than later. Hopefully the online functionality will be kept going for another couple of years at least
RIP 3DS, but you'll continue to live on. Not planning on putting down my 3DS for good for a long time.
It's had a good run and amassed an awesome library. As with all other consoles, this isn't any close-term farewell as much as a mere gradual increase in the difficulty of finding new (and in our local case, used but not hacked) units. After I easily got myself a new DS Lite this spring, it would be odd to worry too much about the availability of its successor for the foreseeable future.😆
Thanks for everything, 3DS, including all I've yet to play or even get - there's still plenty on offer, even accounting for all the Switch ports. Rankings? I've already said more than once that in my eyes 3DS always simply plugged into NDS's second spot on the pedestal as a more beefed-up and enhanced but still a direct continuation of all the concepts that mattered - a sort of Advance in the dual screen family. Backward compatibility only reinforced that point - and so did the new entries in some of NDS's most recognizable franchises like Ace Attorney, Professor Layton and Rune Factory.
Had some great times on the 3DS, so many cool games for it. Love the virtual console options with Gameboy, Gameboy Color and Game Gear games in the library (as well as NES/SNES).
My favourite model is the New 3DS, still playing it now in addition to Switch.
My thoughts exactly. The DS Lite is still likely my favorite handheld/ great battery life, a really deep catalog and true portability with a built in screen protector. I still use mine. I almost pulled the trigger on the 3DS but the titles were thin in the beginning then stock was in short supply.
So can we get the old Pokémon games to release on the Switch eShop now?
New 3ds XL should be worth a bit of money especially when it has 3d features 👍👍
My favourite console ever. I got the original black version on my birthday 9 years ago an its still going strong. It's been through so much with me, and if it does eventually break il do my best to get it fixed.
It has some of my favourite games of all time; Zelda Ocarina 3D, Zelda Majora's Mask 3D, Smash Bros, Super Mario Land 2, Pokemon Red & Blue.
I've got to give a shout out to some of the underrated titles on the platform like; Heroes of Ruin, Shantae and the Pirates Curse (best Shantae game), Xeodrifter, Rune Factory 4, and Demetium Remastered.
I hope the console isn't Nintendos last dual screen system, but if it is the 3ds is a great way to go out.
RIP 3ds. 2011-2020.
“Is THAT why Nintendo posted their first loss in April, 2012 from the Wii U that didn't even exist on store shelves for another 7 months, because 3DS kept them afloat?”
Hm, lets go back at what I said:
“ The 3DS had and has an incredible library, and was so integral to keeping Nintendo afloat while the Wii U struggled.”
I’m aware of what happened early on... But once Mario Kart 7, Zelda OoT, and Mario 3D Land came out, along with the price cut, the 3DS started to take off, soon after, “the Wii U struggled.”
Soooo, cool story I guess. If it had anything to do with what I said, it woulda been quite the zinger.
Game Boy was during the NES/SNES era. Both huge successes.
DS was during the Wii era. The Wii was a huge success.
Only GBC and GBA wehere during the N64 and GC eras.
It's good I still use mine sometimes...
I remember getting this thing back in 2011, playing Mario 3D Land. As the years went on, my 3DS library continued to expand. I can't wait to play Pilotwings Resort tomorrow. My birthday was yesterday and that was one of the two games I got.
Best. Handheld. Ever.
What’s funny is that hardly any first party DS games did anything for me. I thought New Super Mario Bros. was average, Animal Crossing felt like a major step down from its predecessor, and the Zelda games were only so-so. I did love Canvas Curse, though.
My favorite games were:
-The World Ends With You
-Elite Beat Agents
-the Castlevania trilogy
-GTA: Chinatown Wars
-Dragon Quest IX
-the Phoenix Wright series
-Retro Game Challenge
The 3DS’s library had a really good first party library, but I was never that impressed with its third party games.
Your list has a lot of great title. Some of the ones I liked were:
Professor Layton and the case of the Curious Village
Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword
The Legend Of Zelda Phantom Hourglass
Call of Duty 4
Brothers in arms
Lionel On Track
Prince of Persia
Super Mario Bros 2 GBA games
I have the memory expansion and the web browser as well.
Me to, that and a dozen other games...
I'm loving you.
And now his watch is ended.
@hotgamer77 The Game Boy sales are actually the combined sales of the original Game Boy plus the Game Boy Color. Individually, the 3DS has outsold both.
Now my day is ruined
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