Next End Of Life Milestone Approaching For Nintendo 3DS
February 25, 2021
I think by now most everyone in the gaming community has made peace with the knowledge that the Nintendo 3DS's best days are behind it as the Nintendo Switch (and especially Switch Lite) has taken over its market in the handheld gaming space. Now Nintendo is driving the next nail in its coffin with the announcement coming ten years to the day of the launch of the original 3DS that after March 31, the company will no longer offer repair service on the original Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL models due to a lack of replacement parts. Service for the New 3DS and 2DS models will continue. Nintendo already announced the end of overall 3DS production overall last year. Kotaku translates the news.
It's a shame to see the 3DS go, as it was a perfectly pocket-sized portable device with a strong library of classic games both new and old. It can play something from every generation of Nintendo handheld system under the right circumstances. Virtual Console releases cover the Game Boy and Game Boy Color, members of the Ambassador's Club can play select Game Boy Advance games, and it's backward compatible with the original Nintendo DS. That's impressive! Note to self: finish buying any remaining Virtual Console games I want before that service is retired, too.