Nintendo seems to be reprinting 3DS games even though the handheld has been discontinued

Nintendo appears to have been quietly reprinting rare 3DS games for the past year, as an apparent final hooray for the now-discontinued console.


After Nintendo 3DS The handheld console was discontinued back in 2020, ending hardware production for a system that sold less than its best-selling predecessor. It was the beginning of the end of another era. It has now been revealed that Nintendo is secretly reprinting 3DS games in the UK and Europe.

The Nintendo 3DS was launched in 2011 with mediocre success compared to the original Nintendo DS console. The goal of the 3DS was to revolutionize the way handheld gaming was experienced with its stereoscopic 3D effect on the top screen. This screen showed certain 3DS games in 3D without the need for 3D glasses and had a slider to adjust the intensity of the effect. Nintendo announced it will end production of the console in 2020, and the Wii U and 3DS e-shops will close in 2023. However, hard copies of 3DS games are available from most game stores and are still available digitally, while the eShop is still open.


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Gamers recently learned that Nintendo appears to have reprinted some 3DS games in Europe and the UK that were previously thought to be only available digitally. Twitter user pikuri has posted some images showing the telltale difference between original and reprints games as it is a slimmer gaming case, similar to that used in Japan. The difference in size is very small, but still noticeable. They’ve also published a list of hard-to-find titles that have been reprinted, which are examples Fire Emblem: Awakening, Stella Glow, Kirby Planet Robobotand Brave default.

The announcement that the Nintendo 3DS will be officially discontinued and the closure of the e-shop next year greatly contributes to the loss of 3DS games that many fans might feel as Nintendo focuses on the Switch and other things. This news of reprints popping up could lead to easier access to some games that are now rare and more expensive to buy, if found at all.

The most popular DS and 3DS games can be found online and in retro gaming stores these days, but there are still some titles that have become so rare that they cannot be found in stores and are overpriced online. Nintendo could be trying to undo that with these reprints, seemingly giving the 3DS one last hooray in its legacy.

For Nintendo 3DS fans who still own and enjoy the games on the console, this is some great news. Rare games might be a bit easier to find these days, even with the end of the 3DS era officially coming to an end in a little under a year. 3DS fans will still be able to find some previously hard-to-find titles, as well as take advantage of the 3DS e-shop and special offers while they still can.

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Source: Nintendo Life


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