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Nintendo to support 3DS beyond 2018, wants it to exist alongside Switch

Posted on June 15, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, News, Switch

This information comes from Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime…

“The way we continue to make Nintendo 3DS vibrant as a platform is first we continue to innovate from form factor standpoint. So the New 2DS XL is just the latest for us in having form factor innovation. We know colors are a key differentiator, consumers love the variety of different colors. And also the larger screen and the different form factor in the 2DS family, we think is a going to drive and continue to drive the 3DS platform.”

“We’re going to continue to bring new content, and that’s what’s going to keep this device vibrant and keep it going well into 2018 and beyond.”

“We say that it’s (Switch) a home console that you take with you and play with anyone, anywhere, anytime. It really is meant to deliver that great home console performance, you just happen to be able to undock it and take it with you, which is a key innovation. But look, in the end, what we want is we want the consumer to call it their device, right? Their preferred gaming device that they can play fantastic Zelda, Mario, third-party content, all of their favorite franchises brought to life on the platform. That’s what we want. And we’re greedy and we want Nintendo 3DS right alongside it.”


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  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    Here comes the angry unrealistic comments.

    • Linkavitch Chomofsky

      I feel happy and content with what was laid out here. 🙂

  • nemo37

    “And we’re greedy and we want Nintendo 3DS right alongside it.”

    LOL…I like how he outright said this. Although I must admit, I got a wiff of greed when they decided to price the Switch dock $90 USD.

    • Operative

      That’s not a wiff as much as it is an aroma therapy candle strength scent of greed, haha

  • ArtBats

    I sometimes feel like I’m the last person in the world who still loves her 3ds. XD

    • You’re not alone.

    • Nah, I still do. And I want to get the Switch so I can enjoy having both. Just waiting for a price cut on the Switch tho…

    • no way! I’m in love with mine!
      never gonna stop playing it ahah

    • hi-chan!


      • TimG57867


    • Don’t worry you ain’t alone after all it’s the only other duel screen experience since Nintendo moved on from wii u to switch.

    • Aiddon

      Considering the current environment can best be described as “everyone in gaming has severe penis envy” it’s hard to not think that. I mean, jeez, with how well the 3DS has done it might rival the GBA’s library with quality titles.

    • Bart

      3DS is basically my favourite console ever and I don’t think that will change anytime soon. 🙂

      I just love the 3D effect for one thing and more importantly it’s got an awesome RPG library that I don’t see anything ever coming close to, it’s crazy. So yeah, as many others here have already indicated, you’re not alone.

    • Captain N

      I still love mine and will continue to play on it along with whatever games release on the Switch. I’m glad they are continuing to support it as not everyone has a Switch.

    • Kamiyouni

      I love my 3DS, I will be playing for a long time. Personally I think the underrated LBX would be great in increasing your devices longevity.

    • KnickKnackMyWack

      Nah, the 3DS is still rad.

    • Carlos

      I love my 3DS, but the system is getting dated. I’d rather have Nintendo merge the handheld and home console markets together.

    • RoadyMike

      the 3DS is the best game system purchase I’ve made since the PS2.

      Complete backwards compatibility with the enormous DS game library(except for DSiware), it’s own huge and very solid library of games(with a great selection of eShop games on top of that,VC titles and its decent weekly sales, with new titles still on the way) and on the go to boot, the 3DS is easily the best handheld console of all time; perhaps not in sales but how it will almost always have something available and then some for every type of player that’s on the go

      • TruExtent

        Actually nearly all the the DSiWare is still purchasable for the eShop. There were around 10-ish games/apps that didn’t make the jump to 3DS either because the 3DS had something similar already or in the works (DSi Internet Browser, Flipnote Studio, Art Academy) or there was some sort of weird licensing issue (Asphalt IV, Oregon Trail). Everything else? Purchasable and playable. The only big thing that you can’t get anymore is the Zelda Four Swords Anniversary since that was limited time promo software for the 25th anniversary of Zelda.

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      I still love it, I haven’t played it as much recently, but it’s still a great handheld.

    • Rafael Bueno


    • Supporter

      I’m kind of pulling away from games nowadays. I just don’t enjoy them as much as I used to but the 3DS continues to be the only current system that I love and receive much joy from.

      When Nintendo does end the 3DS family of systems, they’ll likely end my love of gaming. I’ll still play games as a casual player, but that love of playing while likely be gone save for some select titles.

  • I’m fine with it. But most people will not. Cause many want the 3ds to die and the Switch to have center spotlight and all. And it’s getting good games too.

    I haven’t seen Nintendo’s handhelds ever getting hate for being alive longer. The GBA was alive well into 2006/07 when the DS was still going on. Same for the DS’s lifespan during the 3DS’s prime. This wasn’t a problem back then and now it is.

    But when the Nintendo Switch revealed and eventually released, then that’s when some people starting to hate on the 3DS. I don’t know what’s going on with people.

    • hi-chan!

      My thoughts exactly

      • Matthew Adams

        DS could play GBA games though.

        • Blake Good

          The Switch will be able to play DS games some day, well maybe DS VC games, like the Wii U.

        • Jimmy Boy

          One, not 2-player mode, so you can’t connect a DS to a GBA. It only played single player versions, and 2, not every GBA game worked either, like the e-reader, that won’t fit into a DS slot!

    • I’ll tell you one thing these specific people think they know how business work, and they think that abandoning one source of revenue for another is smart. The switch is doing well and so is the 3ds why would they cut potential money especially since the 3ds’s market differs from the switches. Not every dev have a lot of funds so 3ds is perfect for them it’s cost effective and if the game does well there, than that gives it a good chances of coming to switch too 😀 (but I do wish the 3ds had a 480p screen)

      • Jimmy Boy

        The 3DS is being surpassed by the PS4, it’s not flying off shelves like you think it is. Last year it was supposed to be the lowest year since launch, but the luck of Pokemon Go revitalized it. They’re trying to capture that again this year by releasing ports of Sun/Moon, which in reality won’t capture in 2017 what they did in 2016. They got lucky that Go got people to get a 3DS, but they’re absolutely nuts if they think colors and a 6th redesign will continue to get people to buy them.

        • Who said anything about flying off the shelf lol you not me, I just said it’s doing well learn to read why don’t you. And of course you think you understand how this business works but you understand less than me, so don’t try to act as if you know how the market works.

        • Velen (Not WoW)

          You’re a complete fool if you think scuttling the 3DS is a good idea. The 3DS has a 66 million install base. That’s 66 million potential customers for a game. The Switch only has 3 or so million at this time. You do the math, which one has the bigger opportunity for a huge profit? The 3DS does. The PS4 isn’t even a factor here in this discussion, so you frankly, are barking up the wrong tree. Just because 3DS units are not selling as well as before is not an excuse to abandon it when it has such a huge userbase to tap into.

    • RoadyMike

      I personally just want development to shift to the Switch because the 3DS hardware can only go so far. It wasn’t much that much of a problem till I saw how poorly the pokemon games ran on it, downright preventing some stuff from making it to the final game like we saw in Sun/Moon

      • Jimmy Boy

        don’t forget, they’re now updating Sun/Moon with Ultra Sun/Moon, so they can run even slower now!!

    • Jimmy Boy

      if Nintendo continues this idiotic decision to continue splitting development, it hurts Switch. Already you see Switch would be dead if it weren’t for Wii U ports. It’s got ONE AAA exclusive title this year, and that’s Mario. The 3DS won’t be able to be a focus as long as Switch is around, because Switch, despite what Nintendo thinks, WILL eat into its market, it’s just a matter of time.

  • MoYeung

    The hardware on 3DS is too outdated.
    (the 3D “effect” is a failure)

    • NintendoPSXTheSecond

      People make pixel games on PC. Does that make PC outdated? 3DS graphics are pretty bad but the console itself still get’s amazing games.

      • Tlink7

        He never said pixel games make a platform outdated. Being from 2011 does, however 😛

        • NintendoPSXTheSecond

          Outdated graphics I agreed with however I wouldn’t say it’s an outdated console considering the quality of games it still gets. Some of the best franchises have appeared on 3DS
          Fire Emblem
          Kid Icarus
          Animal Crossing
          Even some quality Mario and now even Metroid.

          • Jimmy Boy

            Metroid is an enhanced port, so you could argue with the VC it already got Metroid since it has the NES Metroid on it.

          • Velen (Not WoW)

            Wrong. Metroid: Samus Returns is not an enhanced port. It’s a brand new game based on Metroid II: The Return of Samus.

          • Tlink7

            Yeah I know, outdated implies it is obsolete, which isn’t the case. The 3DS still has some stellar games coming (much to my dismay; I wanna play them on my Switch xD) after all. But I understand that people want to move on from older-looking graphics, myself included

      • Jimmy Boy

        that’s a choice, the 3DS is forced to do that given the hardware limitations.

  • ben

    Yeah… sorry but sales in Japan have died off since the switch launched. Reggie does not know anything really. Nintendo will drop the 3ds when the 3DS sales drop below 4-5k a week in Japan it is down to 9k at the moment.

    • NintendoPSXTheSecond
      • ben

        Sorry… it is down to 12K… from 25K before the switch launched. The 3ds is dying the vita is dying and the ps4 are dying. The switch would be selling 50K a week if 50K was available.

        • Jimmy Boy

          PS4 is actually showing an increase, it’s surpassing the 3DS consistently, and Japan is where the 3DS sold the most! Whether or not Nintendo wants to admit it, mobile took a serious bite out of their market, and Switch WILL compete with it. These 3DS fans are totally in denial, when the signs are there that the 3DS is shrinking and the Switch is growing- why would Nintendo want to keep sinking money into a dying market when there’s another one that covers it, and can make MUCH more money?

          • ben

            No… no it isnt. The ps4 was consistantly over 25K last year.

      • Jimmy Boy

        sorry, but he’s right, when the PS4 is outselling it in a country where consoles sell like crap, it’s a good indicator that 3DS’s life there is coming to an end. Reggie really thinks that new colors of systems will keep them alive? Is that why people are still buying an Apple II computer, because Apple made them in different colors?

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      Well, while the Switch’s user base is still as meager as it is, they can’t afford to abandon the 3DS, from a business perspective.

  • Operative

    I’m honestly surprised, considering the Switch’s popularity and the fact that the 3DS has been hacked to pieces at this point.

    But still I think this is cool news

  • Tlink7

    Please no, I want to play my Switch ;-;
    Seriously, I still think this ”3DS IS GOING TO LIVE FOREVER” thing Nintendo keeps pushing will just evaporate once the Switch really gets rolling

    • Jimmy Boy

      yeah, but remember, Kimishima is a businessman, not a gamer like Iwata, he’s only trying to make as much money as possible, not focus on games, which is why 3DS development is pumping out nothing but ports/remakes, and localized games that have been in Japan for years. Clearly Nintendo will move on from 3DS and it’s more likely than not with a combined handheld and console division, it’s going to be some kind of Switch variant.

      • Tlink7

        Oh I like that idea! The 3DS’ successor could be a Switch Lite or something… cheaper, sturdier and more aimed for teh kidz, but still run Switch games allowing for merged handheld and console divisions

        I understand Nintendo’s logic for wanting to keep utilising that very large 3DS userbase, but eventually the old tech starts holding back devs and making users go ”…this looks kinda ugly for 2018”

  • They have to keep alive.
    Not every developer will have the fund and support on a more powerful system

    Japanese developers will still need 3DS to make games on if they don’t have the budget

    • Tlink7

      Just because a system has more power, doesn’t mean you have to utilise it. If you don’t have the money, keep it simple

      • It not that simple.
        Because if that was the case then why do every small game from very small publishers get called “shovelware” ” trash” or anything that is insulting the product?

        Nobody is going to buy a game that look like it was made on a 2008 phone versus a game that HD and 3D.

        small publishers has no chance of success on a more powerful console which why many Japanese devs still support the 3DS and Vita.

        easy for them to make money back.

        • Carlos

          Shovel Knight says hello.

          • You clearly misunderstood my comment.

            I said small publishers not indie.

            Indie developers lives off of funds of backers on kickstarter or their own money.

            small publishers in Japan do not do such thing. They have limited fund which is why a lot of 3DS games are chibi and not full 3D Model when it’s capable of doing so.

          • Carlos

            Indies and small publishers are pretty much the same thing. Not all indies rely on funds from backers.

        • RoadyMike

          Because those shovelware games not only look but also play like sht. You have to “shovel” through all that steaming pile to get to the decent games
          For example, do you honestly think anything from rcmadiax deserves to be called anything other than shovelware? or all the titles with starting with “crazy” on the 3DS are honestly worth the time and money?

          Tink’s point stands. You don’t have fully utilize a systems power. If devs don’t have enough money to make better looking or better playing games or if people don’t want to bother with said games is not the platform’s fault

          • Tlink7

            I will begrudgingly accept the nickname you have given me xD

          • RoadyMike

            typo, but if you insist haha

          • Tlink7

            Please no xD

          • That is exactly my point. No one will buy their games on a home console.
            But they will on a dedicated handheld device or phone because more kids and casuals.

          • RoadyMike

            nono, you were bringing up small devs and shovelware which had nothing to do with the topic. You think it ties in to what you were saying but in reality it was some weird tangent

            You originally said that making a game on a more powerful system will hurt smaller devs, which isn’t true at all.They can keep costs down if they need to and not use the full power of the system. A lot of games on the 3DS eshop look like flash games

            Then you bring up shovelware as if it’s the platforms fault for people not buying those games that look or play like trash. No matter what system you’re on, if the game looks or plays like trash, people will not buy it because they’re not stupid. People want to know they’re getting a good game for their money. Spikey Wall or Turtle Tale aren’t worth the money.

            Moving to a less powerful system won’t help, there are many indie games that look and play better than other indie devs games. The Legend of Dark Witch is by no means the best looking game in the eshop but is still a much better value than most games on the store starting with “crazy” or ending in “3D”

          • Yes because home console is where you find games with much larger budget.
            People aren’t going to buy a game that look like a cheap smartphone game on console.

            So to developers who spent money investing into a hardware that won’t benefit them.
            Which why they stay on mobile devices and handheld. consumers are more than like to purchase or buy their games because it’s pick and play.

            No one is looking for those on consoles. Meaning them developing for home console is going to hurt them not help.

            Yall won’t understand because yall never tried developing a game nor worked on one.
            Yall only think about what benefit yall which is nowadays Nintendo fans crying about 3DS getting supported.

            If a small developed who work of a small publisher can’t make money back on home console they won’t last.

        • Jimmy Boy

          look at the shovelware on 3DS, they sell like crap too.

          • Did you not understand my comment too?
            I said they have a better success on 3DS and Vita because it not powerful
            They won’t get overshadowed.

            If the 3DS and Vita were to be discontinued small developers will go bankrupt quickly after transferring to the more powerful system but they won’t. Why? because they will go straight to mobile.

            That why you don’t see publishers who don’t make money on home console develop only for Mobile and Handhelds.
            Easy for them to make money.

            I am not talking about Indie.

        • Tlink7

          Why wouldn’t people buy it? If you make your game stylised, then there’s no problem. The Wii U had plenty of non-HD (texture) games and they were still bought by people. I mean Shantae and Shovel Knight aren’t exactly super-detailed, 3D titles and they did rather well. If anything, the 3DS has soooo much software available on the eShop, you might actually sell more on the Switch due to more exposure

          • Again. I am not talking about Indies.

            I am talking about Small Publishers that no one hear about. Why? because they do not have the fund to market, doesn’t get the support nor anyone but small selection of kids get.

          • Tlink7

            What’s the difference between indies and ”small publishers”?

          • Indie don’t have a publishers. The live off of their own funds or backers.
            Then they have to publish themselves.

            They aren’t apart of a company. They are just a studio releasing a game.

            Only a few indie devs manage to get a publisher and those Indie games get retail releases. Shantae, Shovel Knight and Yooka Laylee just to name a few.

            Indie devs are just developers working within a freelance studio no contact.

  • hi-chan!

    Long live 3DS!

    • Jimmy Boy

      it already has, been out since 2011!

  • Auragar

    Not that I mind the 3DS not dying off necessarily, but that seems unlikely. After 2018 I can’t see much more coming to it.

  • HAHA so the Truth is out the are greedy lol

  • Zeebor
  • Roto Prime

    YES!!!! Thank you Nintendo <3 Dual Screens for life!!!!!!!!!

    • Jimmy Boy

      what about the Game Boy line? Or the Game & Watch line? They all come to an end eventually.

      • Roto Prime

        What is the point?…. DS means life…

  • I personally still want to see more dual screen content so this is fine.

    • ジョシュ

      Same here! people don’t understand that playing on a switch is not the same than playing on a 3ds. They’re both special in their own way.

  • Isaac Ness

    Ok Nintendo, then please release an add-on or something, so i can play 3ds games on my TV

  • awng781

    Nintendo needs to cater to the casual, kid-focused, $200 or below product segment, and the Switch doesn’t cater to that market at this moment.

    • Jimmy Boy

      it will, all they need to do is remove the dock, and it’s automatically a $200 system!

  • Kyle K. Moore

    Keep sellin it till it stops sellin!

    • Jimmy Boy

      look at Japan’s numbers, it’s slowed WAY down! Japan is where it’s got the most sales, so clearly Switch and mobile are taking away a lot of its market.

  • Jonathan Cromwell

    If they are going to keep the 3ds alive I seriously hope they use it as a way to bring dead franchises like Star Tropics and Advance Wars back to life.

    • DeltaPeng

      If there’s hope for it to be on Switch, that first, but if it encourages revitalizing more risky franchises (via 3DS), that works for me

  • Blanco8x8

    “we’re greedy”

    – Reggie Fils-Aimé

  • Addy

    He actually said they were greedy. That had better be said in a joking manner.

  • Santoryu02

    I love the 3ds, but what I fear is that keeping it alive will make us question why certain games are put on the 3ds instead of the Switch. For example, that Mario & Luigi remake would have been just as nice on the Switch.

    Additionally, to be fair to both Switch and 3ds owners, they’ll probably release the next pokemon game on both the switch and the 3ds, which could limit the potential of the switch version.

    It’s tough to ditch the 3ds when it’s selling pretty well with a larger customer base, but at the same time, I’d also like Nintendo to focus on the growth of the Switch as a dedicated console.

    • ジョシュ

      I think the new mario and luigi looks great on the 3ds. I’m pretty sure the switch will have pretty good games too so I’m not really worried about that. They announce a new metroid and a new pokemon game for the switch! I’m so glad nintendo will keep supporting the 3ds. People like to worry about nothing…

    • Jimmy Boy

      you haven’t seen numbers for the 3DS then if you think it’s still selling well. In Japan the PS4 is consistently outselling it, and in Japan, consoles sell like crap. Japan is also where the 3DS has its highest sales, so clearly they’re ready to move on in Japan, but Nintendo’s not!

    • Aline Piroutek

      The engine on the 3DS is already done, see past Mario and Luigi games for the system.
      Same as Majora’s Mask for 3DS, not WiiU. Ocarina of Time engine was already done and ready for use again.

      • Aline Piroutek

        Money is money. And time is time. And time is money.

  • ジョシュ

    Both my 3ds and switch are HAPPY! thanks nintendo.

  • Mr. Oshawott

    Awesome that Nintendo will be continuing support for the 3DS, since I, as well as many others (if not most), aren’t able to buy a Nintendo Switch yet, for obvious reasons.

  • Itay Ben Aroya


  • they said this about wiiu

    • awng781

      The 3DS didn’t sell <14 million units LTD.

      • you know that’s less than, right?

        i forget i’m talking to middle schoolers sometimes

        • awng781

          Yes. The 3DS didn’t sell less than 14 million units. The Wii U did.

          • what an odd number to choose

          • awng781

            My point is, the Wii U was an abysmal commercial failure, while the 3DS was a success. Supporting the Wii U after Zelda BOTW made no sense, while supporting the 3DS after, say, Pokémon Sun/Moon, did make sense.

            You can ignore that and ponder about the meaning of the number “14 million”…Enjoy!

          • Jimmy Boy

            wrong! The Wii U actually became profitable in the end, which totally negates your “commercial failure” statement. It also lasted 5 years with new games coming out for it in 2017, something commercial failures wouldn’t have- look up Virtual Boy, the thing got FIVE MONTHS on the market, not 5 years!! You kids have no idea what a true commercial failure is…

  • awng781

    I’m interested in seeing how well the key 3DS games sell during 2017, outside of the obvious success that will be Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon. Major non-Pokémon 3DS releases from now until the end of the year (in the west, for simplicity sake) include:

    Ever Oasis
    Hey Pikmin
    Metroid Samus Returns
    Mario & Luigi SuperStar Saga + Bowsers Minions
    Fire Emblem Warriors (New 3DS only)

    The sales performance of these games will determine whether Nintendo views the 3DS as a viable platform to release new software, or if it is just going to be a Pokémon machine post-2017.

    • Jimmy Boy

      I’m only getting 1 of those games, I already have a few since they’re enhanced ports, and don’t be so quick to say Ultra will sell, remember Ruby/Sapphire on the 3DS? There’s a good chance Ultra won’t match what the original Sun/Moon did, especially since Sun/Moon fed off the Pokemon Go phenomenon, and I don’t see people playing Pokemon Go this summer like I did last summer.

      • awng781

        Of course Ultra Sun/Moon wont match the success of Sun/Moon; they aren’t new games. Ultra Sun/Moon will probably sell half of what Sun/Moon sold, which is good enough.

        The question is, how well will other 3DS games sell?

    • Tlink7

      I’m very excited for Samus Returns and SS 😀 I love the 3D effect and a 2D Metroid seems like a great fit!
      My guess is once the Switch becomes more popular, 3DS games will no longer sell as well

      • Aline Piroutek

        I missed the 3D effect from the newest 3DS games. Except Fire Emblem Echoes Shadows of Valentia.

        • Tlink7

          Same. I have my 3D on constantly on my 3DS, so it feels rather out of place when a game like Pokémon doesn’t have it

  • Dani.SF-MB

    All hail 3DS!! Thank you, Nintendo.

  • DeltaPeng

    Eh…I see valid points for keeping the 3DS around, just don’t kill the Switch in the process. It’s fine for riskier and lower budget titles to find a market (per 3DS), but if the devs can afford the Switch, I hope/prefer they make that transition

    • RoadyMike

      They announced Metroid Prime 4 and a new core Pokemon rpg for the Switch. And heve you seen Mrio Odyssey on that thing?!

      It’s impossible for the 3DS to kill the Switch now(unless Nintendo seriously, SERIOUSLY f*ks up big time somewhere down the line with it)

      • DeltaPeng

        True, Switch momentum is very strong right now. Unlikely it’ll be killed off entirely, maybe more like don’t kill Switch’s potential (to be the one stop Nintendo machine or per limiting great quality that could be on the Switch).

        Arguably there are a lot of awesome games on and oncoming the Switch for this year, and I’ve already spent many times more on gaming than I usually do via Switch games. And I haven’t bought everything I wanted to buy yet either, lol

        • RoadyMike

          As the Switch sales rise, I’m confident the 3DS will phase out of the picture. As I’ve said before this week, there’s only so much you can do with the 3DS’s hardware before it begins to be a hindrance like we’ve seen in Pokemon since X/Y. When features have to be cut and the game struggles to maintain decent framerates, I think it’s time to move on to better hardware; especially since it’s already available

          Honestly the only thing that could kill the switch is the switch itself. I could go on and on about the gripes I still have with the system, but I’ll just leave it at saying the battery is absolutely terrible. No matter what game I’m playing I only get about 2 hours of playtime before I get the low battery notification. I only have 2 games on the thing, Shantae and PuyoTetris Demo and neither are graphically demanding games like BotW. I could go on about this point in particular as well but I don’t wanna overwhelm anyone with my complaining

          Also as I’ve said before earlier this week, the games shown at E3 that are coming to the Switch definitely (and finally) make me feel like the Switch was worth the purchase.

  • Philippe Lucas

    He can say he wants the 3DS to survive as much as he wants, but as soon as the next main pokemon game lands on the Switch, the 3DS is dead.

    • Jimmy Boy

      exactly, it’s not up to Nintendo, it’s up to consumers. If they don’t buy games for it, it’s pointless to keep it around.

  • RoadyMike

    Eh, not sure about that.
    Way too long; definately didn’t read: I want Pokemon on the Switch

    TL;DR: Switch will take over just like it happened with Wii U once sales kick in, 3DS’s capability(not just graphical) will end up hindering games down the line so I personally prefer Nintendo to let go of the platform ,that may just be speeding towards its end faster than we think, and just shift development to the Switch. And I want pokemon to be the absolute best it possibly can and that won’t happen on the 3DS

    For one, they said the same thing about Wii U and one Switch reveal later they confirm Wii U’s last game would be BotW.
    On the other hand, about 13 million Wii U’s and even the Switch’s current 3-4 million are nothing compared to the install base of (approx)64-66 million 3DS. There’s a guaranteed minimum of about 60 million potential customers. It’s no mystery why Nintendo would want to continue to support it

    However, I’m more than sure that once the NS starts to rack up more sales the more they become available, goodbye 3DS. As much as I love my 3DS to the point of being almost literally on my person at any given time, I personally want the platform to fade out before it overstays its welcome.
    Because, let’s not kid ourselves here, there’s only so much you can do with outdated hardware. Pokemon alone shows that GF want to take pokemon in a more graphic intensive direction but is severely limited by the hardware they have to work with. Removing the 3D in Sun/Moon was a clear indication of this. The datamined higher polygon count 3ds models and walking animations for almost all the pokemon in the game is even more proof.

    I personally with they’d(Nintendo in general) develop their games on the N3DS, but the sales for that are sitting below even the Wii U’s and there are only like 2 games that utilize the slightly better hardware(one of which has only just been announced, FE Warriors) so there’s truly no incentive for that anytime soon.

    In all, I simply don’t think Nintendo will stick with this statement for long. The Switch has some legitimately very good games coming to it in the next 2 years that I am honest to goodness really, REALLY looking forward to. Getting a Switch finally feels like it was worth it and I’m sure there are millions out there, current or potential customers, feel the same way and that the Switch sales in the upcoming years will reflect that

    • Jimmy Boy

      First, it’d be 14 million for Wii U, since more than half way is rounded UP, not down (13.6 is 14), second, the install base for 3DS is heavily skewed, meaning owners bought multiple systems. The proof comes in the software sales. IF the 3DS really had a 60 million install base, what the NES had, then it’d have software sales similar to the 500 million of the NES, and it doesn’t, they’re 300+ million, meaning the true install base for this is likely somewhere around 40 million or so- the unique people who bought them, because collectors will have AT LEAST 6 3DS systems since they made 6 different versions of it!

      • RoadyMike

        I don’t know where you were trying to go with this
        1.I rounded down because I live in the real world, not in an elementary school math problem. I’m not gonna count approximately 400,000 nonexistant Wii U owners. I’m going with the closest, most accurate sales number as of right now that we know about, as a minimum
        2. I know that the true 3DS install base is probably lower than the total sales but all Nintendo must see are those full 63 million potential buyers. Plus, collectors are a very small minority Let’s say only half of those are active 3DS owners that didn’t buy more than one 3DS. 30 million is still a lot more than approximately 13 million Switches sold(active users or not)

        Again, I’m not sure where you were going with this. Nintendo will just look at how many 3DS have been sold, assume all of those are active users and make games for the system with the higher profit potential

  • carlos holguin holguin

    best portable ever.. next to gba

  • Blake Good

    I dunno. The GBA was still around from 2004-2007, during the first three years of the DS’s life cycle so I assume the 3DS will be discontinued by 2019 or 2020.

    • Jimmy Boy

      The other thing is that between 2004 and 2007 it also got a revision, with Nintendo saying it’d coexist, yet in 2006 they didn’t say it was ending, but said that they wanted to focus on DS more- kind of like now. There’s no way in the world the market can support 3 handhelds on top of all the mobile phones eating away at it! Once franchises make the jump over to Switch, it’s going to be hard to keep the divisions separate. It may work for a year or two like now, but easily come 2019 3DS owners can’t keep holding out, refusing to buy Switch (Switch mini likely by that time as well).

  • Odali

    I think the cross play between Switch and 3DS will breath new life into the DS family.

  • Melatelo

    Pls stop this Nintendo. Stop this now. It had it’s run but it’s had it’s time. All development focus should be on the Switch at this point.

  • Velen (Not WoW)

    To the people who think they should just cold turkey abandon the 3DS: you’re all fools. The lot of you.

    The 3DS still has a 66 Million install base to tap into, the Switch has only around 3-4% that amount of an install base. Abandoning the 3DS will not magically change the situation over night.

    All Nintendo would be doing is alienating 66 Million users of their product. Regardless whether or not 3DS game projects are taking away from the Switch, or vice versa, the fact remains they *cannot* abandon the 3DS yet. Not with the Switch only having a meager install base of about 3 – 4 million at most, currently.

    • Gregory Weagle

      Also; the Switch is selling out like crazy and demand is grossly outstripping supply, basically forcing a lot of us to keep our 3DS’s until we can get one. Judging by rumors; it could be up to a year at least before Switch’s demand and supply is equal. That’s why Gamefreak opted to wait until at least late 2018 before releasing a mainline Pokemon game; since those games move systems.

      Also; Nintendo has been known to release games on older platforms up to three years after the newer platform had been released. NES’s last first party game was Wario Woods which came in 1994, which is three years after SNES was released and two years before N64 was released.

      So yeah; they have no choice, but to phase the 3DS out slowly. Switch is the future and will soon be the present of Nintendo, but 3DS is not the past just yet. The decision is totally pragmatic more than anything altrustic.

      For what it’s worth, 3DS’s shipments are six million hardware, 24 million software. Most of that is for Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon. It’s highly unlikely those numbers will increase. It’s about sixty percent the support of Switch.

  • Lee Jones

    I’m quite pleased with this news, to be honest. I love my 3DS.

  • Brad

    I’m ok with this…But i’m a little concerned about the “beyond part” will my games that I’ve bought on the Nintendo store be compatible with whatever they release next? I’m sure they will. But, food for thought.

  • Rafael Bueno

    I’m glad 3DS will get support beyond 2018 ^-^