End of the 3DS Era

Grayscale image of Rawkhet's character in the Sun and Moon Festival Plaza

Giovanni here from Rawkhet! As the digital sun sets on the era of the Nintendo 3DS, an iconic chapter in the saga of Pokemon trading has come to a close. With the network’s final farewell on April 8, a simultaneous landmark was achieved for us here at Rawkhet: 100,000 order numbers. The serendipity of this milestone with the shutdown feels nothing short of fated.

As we officially retire our listings for the Gen 6 and 7 games, reflecting on the journey evokes a deep sense of nostalgia. The creation and maintenance of these listings demanded an immense investment of passion, effort, and time. Throughout the years, our dedication led to the trade of 20,619 Pokemon in Gen 6 and 108,209 Pokemon in Gen 7 – a testament to the vibrant community we’ve built and served.

Our operations, largely automated today, still depended on a meticulous manual process for the 3DS era games, from preparation to the final trade. This journey saw us navigating through life with our 3DS consoles in tow, engaging in trades in the most unconventional of places – from social gatherings and work meetings to theme parks and even movie theaters. One memorable incident involved trading Pokemon in the midst of a film, only to forget the 3DS in the cinema. That 3DS, still marked with a sticker from the lost and found, stands as a quirky testament to our adventures and a reminder of the care we must take with our belongings.

For seven years, this journey has been made possible by the unwavering support of our customers. Your patronage has not only contributed to our educational endeavors and supported our families but also sustained us through challenging times, including the pandemic. While we stand at the threshold of uncertainty, with the Switch’s successor on the horizon and the anticipation of what Pokemon Legends: Z-A will unveil, our spirits are buoyed by the hope of many more years to come.

Here’s to the future and the continued legacy of Pokemon trading. Thank you for being a part of our story – here’s to many more chapters together.

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