Set your watches, ladies and gents. It's the beginning of the end of the Nintendo 3DS. Today on their Japanese website, Nintendo declared that production of the hand-held gaming device would cease production in Japan. That includes regular models and the special editions that have been made over the past calendar year. The device itself hasn't been receiving updates (unlike the 3DS XL) for some time now, so the news that it's coming to an end isn't too shocking if you've been paying attention to it. (In Japan, that is.)
The reason this is significant is that Japan is usually the first to take things off the market before they hit every other market on the planet. The minute the Nintendo Switch hit and showed off portability, people were basically checking their watches to see how long it would take Nintendo to get around to halting production of everything else that was portable.
Now to be fair, Nintendo is still producing the 3DS XL, and the new 2DS XL will be out shortly, so it's not like the company is abandoning the DS line entirely. But let's be honest here for a moment: How long do you really think Nintendo will continue to produce all these different versions of portable devices before they finally decide to go with one?