Nintendo has successfully (albeit not directly) revealed it’s discontinuing the 3DS. So Nintendo‘s solely console from right here on out is the Swap. So relaxation in peace, 3DS — it’s been nice.
Followers observed yesterday that the Japanese Nintendo web site listed all 3DS household consoles — which embody the 3DS LL, the 2DS, and the 2DS LL — as “not in manufacturing.” The Nintendo of America web site not has any point out of the 3DS on its retailer or data pages. So plainly, virtually 10 years after it launched in 2011, Nintendo is winding down manufacturing on one among its hottest handhelds. Whereas it might not have bought in addition to its DS mum or dad or its Recreation Boy grandparents, it didn’t do too shabby, both. It undoubtedly did higher than its stationary sibling, the Wii U.
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And whereas I’m unhappy — as a result of the 3DS was my solely handheld for years, earlier than I acquired my poor little Vita — it does really feel prefer it’s time, doesn’t it? The Swap has nicely and really taken over. The newest gross sales experiences put the gross sales of this comparatively younger console means forward of no less than one up to date (the Xbox One). It’s the offspring of the very best Nintendo consoles, the 3DS included, and its hybrid design has rendered the 3DS out of date until you really want to have the ability to suit your console in your pocket.
Now that the 3DS is being sunsetted, I’m curious if anybody will attempt making a devoted handheld sooner or later. Microsoft’s placing its eggs within the cloud-gaming basket, which turns your telephone right into a kind of handheld gaming machine. I feel Sony would scoff on the notion of creating a PSP/Vita successor. Nintendo is the one firm that has a handheld in the marketplace nonetheless — the Swap Lite, a handheld solely model of the Swap that’s proved to be immensely in style.
Nonetheless, as we bid the 3DS farewell, let’s acknowledge that we had some nice occasions with it. Not like the Wii U, Nintendo has not frantically ported each one among its video games to the Swap, so there are nonetheless some video games that stay 3DS-only experiences. My favorites have been Pokemon Solar & Moon, Fireplace Emblem Awakening, and Bravely Default. Ping me on Twitter and let me know what yours have been.
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