April 17, 2021

Anniversary: Can You Believe It? The Nintendo 3DS Is Now 10 Years Old


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It’s a very special day for the Nintendo 3DS. Today is the tenth anniversary of this legendary 3D handheld system.

Believe it or not, but the console was first released in Japan on 26th February 2011. This followed with the western release in Europe and North America in March of the same year.

When the system first launched, it was all about glasses-free 3D. In addition to this, the device was packed with AR functionality, StreetPass and SpotPass, cameras, and a number of online capabilities.

As time went on, Nintendo released revisions – going as far as a “2DS” design and also launching an XL line. Although many fans moved onto the Switch in 2017, the 3DS era didn’t truly come to a close until last September, when Nintendo officially ended production.

In saying this, Nintendo isn’t turning off the lights just yet. The system’s online services are still up and running and the latest system update was released last November.

As of 31st December 2020, the 3DS has sold 75.94 million units worldwide and reached software sales of 385.85 million.

Happy anniversary, Nintendo 3DS!


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