How long will the 3DS stick around for? Even Nintendo doesn’t know.
Nintendo has always supported their handhelds exceptionally well, keeping them around and viable even after their successors have hit the market. But even considering that, their support for the Nintendo 3DS, which is now in its eighth year on the market, stands out.
The 3DS continues to get major games from Nintendo, even though the Switch is on the market, and overshadowing it in every way, and its year-on-year sales performance continues to impress as well. In addition, it has a massive library, and it is available at a far lower price point than the Switch is, making it more viable for younger kids- so is it any surprise Nintendo wants to keep it around?
Speaking at their investors meeting, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima noted that Nintendo plans to keep the 3DS around for now, though he also acknowledged that its future is “uncharted territory”. I see, personally, the 3DS sticking around until Nintendo can have a $200 priced Switch SKU on the market- as soon as they do, I imagine they will be winding the platform down.
[via Japanese Nintendo]