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The release of the Nintendo Switch is just around the corner, and the system is looking impressive. But, as Nintendo shifts its focus in preparation for the hybrid console’s launch, one huge question remains: what will become of the 3DS?
In an interview with Chris Kohler, Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime revealed the company’s plans for the future of the 3DS.
According to Fils-Aime, there is no reason to believe that the dedicated handheld will reach the end of its life cycle anytime soon.
“3DS has a long life in front of it,” Fils-Aime said. “And in our view, the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo Switch are going to live side-by-side.”
“You’re going to be meeting two different price points, you’re going to be meeting different types of consumers, you’re going to have the newest, freshest content available on Nintendo Switch, you’ve got a thousand-game library available on Nintendo 3Ds, plus some key new ones coming.”
Comparisons between the two systems developed following the reveal of the Switch’s portable nature, giving it the appearance of being a direct competitor to the 3DS. However, Nintendo believes that the hybrid console’s primary home should be your living room, not your car.
“They’re going to coexist just fine. I think there’s a sense that Nintendo Switch is a portable device. It is portable. But at its heart, it’s a home console that you can take with you on the go.”
In an additional comment posted on Kohler’s Twitter, Fils-Aime hinted that more exciting 3DS news is on the horizon.
“There are [3DS] games that we haven’t announced yet… that I know, Chris, are going to make you excited.”
The interview also tackled concerns over the availability of the Switch at launch. Nintendo consoles have notoriously been in short supply following their release, the most recent example being the NES Classic. Fils-Aime claimed they were not anticipating such high demand for the compact console, leading to the shortage of devices.
However, the consumer electronics company says it has learned from its mistakes and is more than prepared for the Switch’s release. Nintendo has publicly stated that 2 million units will be ready to be shipped worldwide for the console’s launch through the first month of its lifecycle.
“Two million for essentially the first month is a huge number, especially when you look and see that this is not peak seasonality,” said Fils-Aime. “Our focus is making sure that the consumer who wants to buy a Nintendo Switch can buy a Nintendo Switch.”
As it stands, all signs point to a successful launch of the Switch and a bright future for the 3DS, giving Nintendo fans much to look forward to.
The Switch will be available on March 3, 2017.
Sara Winegardner is a lifelong gamer and aspiring journalist currently based in Washington, DC. Being fed a steady diet of Pokemon, Final Fantasy, and MMORPGs since she can remember, Sara will play just about anything, even if it means grinding for hours on end. Her childhood dream is to walk the E3 floor at least once.
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