While the Switch continues to go from strength to strength – it just enjoyed its best quarter yet, selling over 10 million consoles – its older sibling the 3DS is fading more and more into the background.
Nintendo’s veteran dual-screen handheld managed just 620,000 hardware sales worldwide between March and December 2019, a 73 percent drop from the total it managed during the same period in the previous financial year. Software sales totalled 4.10 million units, a 63 percent decrease on a year-on-year basis.
|Console||Hardware Sales (Million)||Software Sales (Million)|
|Game Boy / Game Boy Color||118.69||501.11|
|Game Boy Advance||81.51||377.42|
It’s clear that the 3DS line – while still successful with over 75 million consoles sold since launch and home to some incredible games – is all but dead now. Nintendo isn’t producing any more games for it, and only offers the 2DS variants of the system for sale.