Happy 9th Birthday, Nintendo 3DS!

Happy 9th Birthday, Nintendo 3DS!

9 years ago on February 26, 2011, the Nintendo 3DS, a new handheld console, was officially released in Japan.

The Nintendo 3DS was the successor to the Nintendo DS, and was marketed as a game console that could display 3D graphics without the need of wearing 3D glasses. It had a rocky launch though – not many appealing titles were released for the system in its first year, and the price tag (25,000 yen or USD249.99) was too hard for consumers to swallow that Nintendo had to cut its price a few months later and introduce the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program as a way to pacify early adopters.

In the years to come, the Nintendo 3DS started picking up steam after the releases of titles such as Pokemon X and Y, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and many more.

In 9 years, the system sold 75.71 million units and 382.22 million games worldwide, which makes it more successful than the Game Boy Advance.

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