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8:45 AM on 01.14.2015

3DS getting free anime viewing app

On February 13, alongside the release of the New 3DS and New 3DS XL, the 3DS will be getting a free anime viewing app called the Nintendo Anime Channel. The app will let users watch episodes of various anime series including ...

Laura Kate Dale

3:45 PM on 01.13.2015

New Nintendo 3DS likely coming February 13

Ahead of tomorrow's Nintendo Direct, GameStop sources have told Ars Technica that the New Nintendo 3DS is indeed releasing in the US on February 13--just in time for Valentine's Day--and that GameStop will begin taking p...

Steven Hansen

8:00 AM on 01.12.2015

Nintendo quits selling consoles and games in Brazil

Nintendo will no longer distribute games and consoles in Brazil, the company has announced, citing Brazil's infamously high videogame console tariffs as the reason behind the about-face. In an interview with UOL Games, Bill v...

Mike Cosimano

11:30 AM on 01.08.2015

Nintendo Download: Mega Man Battle Network 2

It's not a huge day for Nintendo consoles in terms of the eShop, but I'll take it. On the Wii U we're getting Mega Man Battle Network 2, Maze, Wipeout 3, and Chariot. The latter is a fun little co-op game that can also be pla...

Chris Carter

4:30 PM on 01.05.2015

Nintendo releases its best 3DS theme yet

I haven't bothered to change my 3DS theme despite Nintendo's nags to do so but that changes today. The Official Best 3DS Theme, Pokémon: Slowpoke, is now available outside of Japan. For $1.99, we're getting a beachside...

Jordan Devore



Nintendo has seemingly discontinued the original 3DS photo
Nintendo has seemingly discontinued the original 3DS
by Mike Cosimano

[Update: Nintendo's official response is as follows: "Nintendo has nothing to announce about the production status of Nintendo 3DS."]

We have reason to believe Nintendo of America has completely ceased production of the original 3DS model, based on information from retailers and Nintendo itself.

Originally, Nintendo had begun to wind down the availability of new 3DS units, relegating the Coral Pink 3DS to a Toys"R"Us exclusive. Since then, the Coral Pink 3DS has been quietly removed from the Toys"R"Us website. The Coral Pink unit is still available on Nintendo's refurbished storefront, but no such luck for any other 3DS model.

This persists through major North American retailers, such as Walmart, Target, and Best Buy. GameStop has listings for the original 3DS, but the site's store locator failed to find anything within a 100-mile radius. Local GameStop employees indicated to Destructoid that Nintendo had outright discontinued the system, and they would no longer be receiving new stock.

The 3DS is similarly hard to find in the UK, with both GameStop's UK website and GAME only showing 'new' results for the 3DS XL and the 2DS.

Nintendo's official website also lacks an option for a brand new, regular 3DS, instead pushing the various 3DS XL and 2DS bundles available.

3DSCapture.com, a fan-run site that produces capture boards for the 3DS, also believes the console has been discontinued, citing "The original model 3DS is no longer in production and new systems are becoming difficult to find" as the reason behind canceling its 3DS with pre-installed capture board service.

This news comes on the heels of Nintendo of Japan putting the 3DS and 3DS XL models out to pasture in anticipation of the New 3DS' release. At the moment, it is unclear if Nintendo is quietly doing the same in Western territories, or if there are other factors involved.

We've reached out to multiple Nintendo sources for comment, and will update this story as necessary.

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11:00 AM on 01.01.2015

Nintendo Download: Pokemon Pinball

Death, taxes, and the Nintendo Download update are always inevitable. Nintendo waits for no holiday -- Christmas, New Year's -- it doesn't matter, they are going to update the eShop on Thursday. Sadly today isn't all that gre...

Chris Carter

8:00 PM on 12.29.2014

Pixar's Up coming to New 3DS in Japan

Back when Nintendo thought the 3D part of the 3DS was a marketable, they promised that we'd all be watching 3D movies on the thing all the time and everyday. While there are a few cool shows like Bee and Puppycat on Nintendo ...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 12.28.2014

Gameboy Tetris being taken off the 3DS eShop at the end of the year

[Update: Looks like Tetris Axis is also getting yanked. We can guess that the retail version of the game is also going the way of the dodo. Interested parties would do well to snatch it up quick.] Nintendo UK's Twitter accoun...

Jonathan Holmes



Review: Xeodrifter photo
Review: Xeodrifter
by Jonathan Holmes

A lot of the kids who grew up with Metroid, Super Mario Bros., and The Legend of Zelda are now older than than their creators were when those legendary Nintendo franchises were first released. Some of those kids are now videogame developers themselves. Jools Watsham of Renegade Kid is one example. He created Xeodrifter in five months, fueled by financial stress, time constraints, and a raw love of Super Metroid. You can read about his process here

Showing your Metroid DNA on your sleeve is a blessing and a curse. It instantly communicates to the relatively large Metroid fan base that your game was made for them. It also sets the bar incredibly high. Begging for a comparison to Super Metroid is a dangerous thing. As we saw with the reaction to Other M, a disappointed Metroid fan can be an intensely spiteful force. 

My guess is Xeodrifter won't inspire that kind of caustic reaction in the Metroid faithful. If it were an official Metroid game, it would rank near or above many of the other games in the franchise. As long as you go into it expecting something short and sweet, it's hard to imagine that Metroid fans will be disappointed. 

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9:45 AM on 12.25.2014

Nintendo Download: Duck Hunt

In an interesting turn, Nintendo has a great Nintendo Download week for us on Christmas Day. On the Wii U there's Shantae and the Pirate's Curse with a few extra upgrades like off-TV play. Additionally there's Duck ...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 12.18.2014

Nintendo Download: Mega Man Zero

If you aren't into old games, this may be a pass week for you. On the Virtual Console for Wii U comes Natsume Championship Wrestling, and the always great Mega Man Zero. Also on the Wii you'll find 99Moves, Blok Drop X T...

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 12.11.2014

Nintendo Download: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

The Wii U isn't looking good this week. All you're getting is Lucadian Chronicles, Angry Birds Star Wars, and Angry Birds Trilogy. Yep. Seriously. The 3DS however is rocking it as usual. The big drops include Phoenix Wright: ...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 12.04.2014

Nintendo Download: Captain Toad

Nintendo is delivering with a heavy-hitting first party title this week -- Captain Toad. It will hit the Wii U eShop and retail tomorrow for $39.99. Also on the Wii U is Fire Emblem, Lode Runner, and a Sonic Boom de...

Chris Carter

2:15 PM on 12.01.2014

3DS XL 'ending production soon' in Japan

With the release of the New Nintendo 3DS, which pushed 230,000 combined XL and regular-sized units in its launch week, it seems that Nintendo will stop manufacturing the Old 3DS XL in Japan. On its website, as spotted by CVG,...

Steven Hansen

12:00 PM on 11.27.2014

Nintendo Download: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

The Nintendo 3DS is the champion this week, as it's getting a few pretty awesome releases to pad out that gigantic library. On the Wii U though you can pick up Mighty Final Fight, Mario Pinball Land, Thomas Was Alone, GetClos...

Chris Carter