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]