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Nintendo 3DS may be in its twilight, but software sales are still relatively strong

Nintendo 3DS

Ever since the launch of Nintendo Switch almost three years ago, the 3DS has been in a gradual decline. Not only is the 3DS aging – it was first released in 2011 – the Switch is now the de facto Nintendo handheld. Still, the system has clung to life.

According to Nintendo’s most recent financial statement, Nintendo 3DS sold 620,000 units worldwide for the nine months ending on December 31, 2019. That’s a year-over-year decrease of 73 percent. That’s a pretty big drop, but the system is selling well enough that Nintendo likely won’t stop production right away.

The platform’s software is actually still selling surprisingly well. Nintendo posted 4.10 million software unit sales over the same period. That, too, is a steep decline, but slightly less so than hardware sale. 3DS software is down 63 percent year-over-year.

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Nintendo has already confirmed that it will continue to support 3DS into 2020. That support only appears to be in the form of manufacturing hardware as first-party software titles have dried up. Third-party publishers are continuing to publish on the platform.

“We continue to look at the 3DS family – both hardware and games – as a strong entry point for some consumers. And we’re seeing that,” Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser said in November.