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Nintendo ends 3DS production

As the Wii U flopped, strong sales of the handheld device limited the damage

Debuting in 2011, the 3DS was a hit, riding the 3D boom in the wake of the movie "Avatar."   © Reuters

KYOTO -- Nintendo has quietly pulled the plug on production of the Nintendo 3DS, a handheld game system that will be remembered for underpinning earnings during the dark days of the Wii U.

"No growth as a business," an executive said early this month when asked about the future of the 3DS. Days later, in mid-September, a one-line notice added to the company's Japan and U.K. websites said that "manufacturing of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems has ended."

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