Nintendo talks about the shelf-life of its current platforms.
The new Nintendo Switch is an interesting platform. Though it can be played at home, the device is highly portable and appears to be seamless when accessing your games on the go.
Obviously with such a big platform on the way, one has to wonder where the Wii U and 3DS will fit in the coming days. Nintendo clarified this to Polygon and noted that for all its portability, “Nintendo Switch is a home gaming system first and foremost.”
Will it have an impact on 3DS sales? The company noted that, “We have made no announcement regarding the future of Nintendo 3DS. Obviously with sales of almost 60 million 3DS portables worldwide, there’s still a huge hunger for new games, such as Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. There are many more games in the pipeline.”
As for the Wii U, Nintendo stated that, “We have nothing to announce about the production status of Wii U. We announced in April 2016 that as we prepare for the launch of Nintendo Switch in March of 2017, Nintendo will ship 800,000 Wii U hardware units to the global market for this fiscal year.
“As a result, the inventory of Wii U hardware at retail will become harder to find. We encourage anyone who wants Wii U to communicate with their preferred retail outlet to monitor availability.”
Games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will still be heading to the Wii U but at this point if you’re eager for Nintendo exclusives, then it’s worth setting aside some bank for the Switch.