Nintendo may have just released the powerful, portable Switch, but the company insists the 3DS will remain a vibrant, fully-supported platform going forward. Or at least it will if you own recent models of the system like the New Nintendo 3DS or the recently-announced New Nintendo 2DS XL. If you’re still playing games on your OG 3DS from 2011? Nintendo seems to be just about done with you.
Nintendo fans scanning the company’s support pages recently discovered they will no longer be repairing original Nintendo 3DS models. If your dependable old friend finally breaks down you’ll either have to upgrade or hope a third-party repair shop can fix it.
“Note About Original Nintendo 3DS Repairs: Nintendo no longer offers factory repairs for the original Nintendo 3DS system. Newer Nintendo 3DS family products (including the Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS) are still being repaired. If you aren’t sure which system you have, check the serial number on the back of your system. If the serial number begins with CW, you have an original Nintendo 3DS system.”
Well, that’s that. Nintendo can claim they’re going to support the 3DS forever, but the fact that the system’s original model is so old the company won’t even fix it says a lot. The system’s on the way out, no doubt about it, but hey, we can still enjoy the system’s last flurry of new games.
Personally, I have to admit I’m just a bit upset Nintendo is pulling the plug on the old-school 3DS, because I’m still playing with the system I bought on launch day. Given how sturdy Nintendo handhelds are, I’m sure I’ll still be able to play games on it 10 years down the line, so I suppose repairs are sort of a moot point.
Folks looking to replace their old 3DS can grab the New Nintendo 2DS XL on July 28.