“Beloved Handheld Bids Farewell: Nintendo 3DS Fans Say Goodbye”



Nintendo has officially ended online server support for their 3DS family of handheld consoles, marking a significant point in the end of a console generation. The 3DS, launched in 2011, was renowned for its 3D graphics that required no glasses, and a rich game catalogue spanning both Nintendo DS and 3DS titles. Its subsequent models, such as the 2DS, became fan favourites due to their affordability and Nintendo’s signature colourful and playful design.

Production of the 3DS ceased in 2020, with the eShop closing down in 2023, and now, with no online functionality, players are bidding farewell through social media and gaming platforms. For instance, one player captured the moment servers went off while on Mario Kart 7’s Rainbow Road. Fans of Animal Crossing: New Leaf also mourned the loss of online community experiences, with many players reminiscing about in-game moments in posts and videos.

This week has also seen the end of online services for the Wii U servers. While it may be the end of an era for these beloved consoles, this doesn’t spell the end entirely. Fans may resort to modding their devices to maintain certain features or continue playing specific games. These modifications, however, will not have Nintendo’s official approval.


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