The Nintendo 3DS has been discontinued, meaning that the console is no longer being produced. Because of this, fans of the device–or owners of many digital games that they don’t have downloaded–might be wondering what this means for the system’s online functionality, including online play and the Eshop store. According to Nintendo, though, there’s no need to worry.
In a statement given to Gamesindustry.biz, Nintendo has affirmed that the 3DS online functions will remain in place for a long time yet. “Nintendo and third-party games for the Nintendo 3DS family of system will continue to be available in Nintendo eShop, on Nintendo.com and at retail,” a Nintendo spokesperson told the site. “We currently have no plans to end any existing online services for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.”
The statement continues, assuring fans that there’s nothing to worry about. “Online play and Nintendo Eshop will continue to be available and it will be possible to access and re-download all previously purchased content in the foreseeable future.”
The 3DS sold over 75 million units to date. Some major digital-only titles on the system include BoxBoxBoy, Pushmo, Pocket Card Jockey, and Crimson Shroud.
The 3DS recently received a new physical game, The Atooi Collection, which brought together many previously digital-only releases, although it could only be purchased online. The last 3DS game to receive a wide retail physical release was Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth.