Nintendo 3DS has reached the end of the road. Nintendo announced on Thursday, September 17, that they have now completed production of all models of the portable console, reports CNN. Nintendo games and third-party games for the console will still be available through Nintendo eshop, Nintendo.com and in game stores.
The Nintendo 3DS was launched in 2011 and was characterized by its 3D function that did not require any glasses. Sales were initially sluggish, but after a price reduction, ten free NES games and ten free Gameboy Advance games for those who bought the console for the original price, as well as more titles, the Nintendo 3DS became a great success and is today estimated to have sold over 75 million copy.
However, this is not even close to the predecessor Nintendo DS which sold in about 154 million copies, which is most ever for a game console as close as on the Playstation 2 which sold in about 155 million copies.
Among the best-selling games for the Nintendo 3DS were Mario Kart 7, Pokémon X and Y, Pokémon Sun and Moon, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario 3D Land, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Super Smash Bros.
During its lifetime, the Nintendo 3DS got several different models with larger screens, stronger processor, extra joysticks and even a Nintendo 2DS that could play the same game as the console but without the 3D function. During the latter part of the console’s life cycle, fewer and fewer games also began to use the 3D function.