When the Nintendo Switch was first launched, many wondered about the fate of the 3DS handheld console from the company. After all, the Switch offered similar portability features, but could play more modern games. However, at that time the company stated that they would continue making 3DS consoles.
That might have changed though because according to a report from The Verge, it appears that the 3DS has since been discontinued. This is according to Nintendo Japan’s website which lists the New 3DS LL, New 2DS LL, and 2DS consoles as being “out of production”, with a message on the main page saying that the series has since ended its production run.
They also noted that the Nintendo US website seems to have erased all mention of the 3DS, save for a link at the bottom of the website that takes users to a support page. A similar link can also be found for other dead Nintendo consoles like the Wii U. The company has not officially announced anything yet, but we can’t say we’re surprised.
Following the launch of the Switch, the company also introduced a Switch Lite console which is an even more portable version of the Switch, further rendering the 3DS handheld console lineup useless. There are talks that Nintendo could actually introduce a new Switch Pro next year, which once again, further reduces the need for a 3DS console.