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Reggie talks Switch – online service, info teased on rebuying classic games, supply concerns, 3DS here to stay

Posted on January 13, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, News, Switch

Wired caught up with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime following the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017. He weighed in on a number of topics about the system, such as its online service and concerns about supply. Reggie also teased that there could be news for those who already purchased classic titles – think Virtual Console – on the likes of Wii U and Wii. Aside from that, “3DS has a long life in front of it,” Reggie said.

Read excerpts from Wired’s interview below. Catch up on the full piece here.

On whether you lose access to each month’s game ends the month ends with Switch’s paid online service…

Reggie Fils-Aime: Correct. It means that essentially you’ve got access to that game for a period of time, and then after the month there’s a new selection. You’ll have the opportunity to buy it, but [after] that month we’ve moved on to another game.

I think it would be helpful maybe to step back. Because I think it’s important there’s an understanding of the bigger vision. The bigger vision is that we are going to provide an overall online service, subscription-based, that not only will capture the multiplayer opportunity, but also the voice chat capability that we’re going to provide through a global app. We think that that’s just as important as access to Virtual Console content.

The reason for that is, it continues to reinforce our commitment to online, and do so in a way that will enable the consumer to enjoy their Nintendo Switch and to still be able to play those connected experiences—like Splatoon, like Kart, like fill in the blank—while they’re on the go. Instead of having some sort of bulky gamer headset, you’ll be able to do it right off your smartphone, put in your earbuds that you use for your standard mobile device. We think that’s a pretty sweet solution. That’s part of the overall opportunity that we see in a subscription service.

On whether there will be a discount about buying past games again on Switch…

Fils-Aime: What I would say first is, we recognize that some of our most passionate fans have spent quite a bit, whether it’s with Virtual Console on Wii or Wii U, and we recognize that consumers are rightly concerned about moving to Nintendo Switch without backward compatibility. My comment is: Stay tuned, we understand the concern, more information to come.

There’s 40-some odd days between now and launch. There are more details to come. And at that point we’ll be able to define all of those various details of that online experience.

On supply concerns…

Fils-Aime: What we’ve said publicly is that there will be 2 million units that will be shipped worldwide for the launch, essentially through month one.

I know, because I read the boards and I read the comments, that there is concern about supply. From what I’ve read, the concern seems to stem from the lack of ability to buy NES Classic. So what I would say is this: Two million for essentially the first month is a huge number, especially when you look and see that this is not peak seasonality. This is essentially the first three weeks of March. Our focus is making sure that the consumer who wants to buy a Nintendo Switch can buy a Nintendo Switch. That’s how we build our supply chain, that’s how we think through the amount of product that’s available.

What happened with NES Classic is that was a situation where the global demand was well in excess of anything we had anticipated, and that’s what created shortages. The good news, at least for consumers in the Americas, is we’re going to continue to make the NES Classic available. With the ongoing level of supply, the ongoing demand is going to be met. We know the concern.

On whether the NES Classic Edition’s popularity came as a surprise…

Fils-Aime: We know the popularity of our classic games. That’s a known situation. The challenge for us is that with this particular system, we thought honestly that the key consumer would be between 30 and 40 years old, with kids, who had stepped away from gaming for some period of time. And certainly we sold a lot of systems to that consumer. But what we also see here in the Americas is that we’ve sold a lot to [fans] who just saw a compact, all-in-one opportunity to get the 30 greatest games from the NES generation. I think that incremental demand is what surprised us. Because again, how many times have you purchased the original Super Mario Bros.? We thought that the consumer that already had a Wii or a Wii U and had purchased those games once or twice already, we didn’t think that they’d buy the NES Classic. And they did.

On what Switch means for 3DS…

Fils-Aime: 3DS has a long life in front of it. We’ve already announced games that will be launching in the first couple quarters of this year. There are a number of big games coming. And in our view, the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo Switch are going to live side-by-side. You’re going to be meeting 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. They’re going to coexist just fine. We’ve done this before, managing two different systems.

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.

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  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    People still think Switch is a replacement to 3DS and not a home console? Well here ya go. Now stop spreading misinformation.

    • Pachirisu

      i hope so, as i don’t think i’m buying a switch for a while. Unless there’s a holiday bundle or a juicy price cut by this year. But for now my 3DS is going to get a little more use than ever.

      edit: Hopefully this also means the DP remake comes to the 3DS instead of “stars” for the switch.

      • Hermione Granger

        wait 2 years, there will be a price cut and more games…

        • Pachirisu

          yeah i think that’s my plan, I bought the Wii U for $350 and in that same year there was a holiday bundle that included 2 games for $300… don’t wanna go through that heart ache again lol

        • Abra

          ya but in two years the world economy would have collapsed by then…

          • Hermione Granger

            i dont think so, to much rich greedy people having a interest in keeping it going…

    • You know this is pure PR to keep spelling 3DS right?

      For now Switch doesn’t replace 3DS, but it eventually will. The day you will finally see that is when they announce Pokemon for Switch, and that will come in a few months.

      • Hidden Flare

        What about like if this rumored pokemon stars happened and its like a remade pokemon sun/moon? I can imagine them going in this type of route for future pokemon games… At least for a bit till its time to let the switch rest.

      • NintendoPSXTheSecond

        Yeah and eventually PS5 will replace PS4 and Scorpio will replace Xbox One. Your point exactly?

        • The truth-ier

          dumb comment, scorpio and x1 will co exist, just like the ps4 and ps4 pro. Since MS and Sony dont fail and kill consoles in 4-5 yearss like nintendo, there wont be the a ps5 or x2 for a long while.

          • that’s wrong though, Sony pretty much discontinued the Vita already

      • Abra

        Pokemon should have been day one for switch.. all pre orders would be gone by now.

        • Hidden Flare

          you mean something like the rumored pokemon stars version thats basically a platinum to sun and moon?… Then that would ruin some of the sales for the sun and moon games. I do think having the pokemon game announced for e3 is likely.

          • Abra

            i hope

        • All preorders are gone. I just preordered the last Switch from my Best Buy

        • Joseph Oliveira

          All preorders was gone in less than an hour.

          • Abra

            do you only retype what you hear without thinking ?

          • Abra

            i just pre ordered a Switch right now two days after the event over at gamestop.. look as of now they still have some left let someone else know they can still pro order here but it’s only for the grey version the neon one is sold out http://www.gamestop.com/nes/consoles/nintendo-switch-with-gray-joy-con/141820

          • Joseph Oliveira

            Because I physically checked out websites and stores and said sold out in less than an hour.

            The only ones on GameStop website for Preorder was the 650 and 510 bundles. But I checked it out late last night and those were gone too.

          • Abra

            *update gamestop is finally sold out of Switch pre-orders

          • Joseph Oliveira

            Bro… Bro! BRO! Fix your grammar.

            They must keep adding it to their site little by little. Because I’ve went there 3x yesterday (once to pre order) and the other two times to see if they were up (they was not). And then twice today (once this morning: only the 2 hefty bundle packs was) and the 2nd time was when you said it and there was more of the $300 ones.

            GameStop trolling?

          • Abra

            You still mad over this ?

      • TheWeasel

        Does anyone actually believe that the Switch won’t eventually replace the 3DS? Did they really believe this 6 year old console would not eventually get replaced?

        What’s the big deal if it does replace it? It’s certainly not prematurely.

        • ForeVision

          But what if it gets replaced by a dedicated 3DS follow-up, instead of the Switch? That’s still a possibility.

          • TheWeasel

            That is true, especially with how they are pushing Switch as a home console that is also portable.

            I wouldn’t mind a dedicated 3DS replacement, the 3DS is comparatively ancient, but one thing I’d hoped the Switch would do is end the fragmentation between handheld and home console games, because it was capable of being both.

            How would you feel about a dedicated 3DS replacement?

          • ForeVision

            A good question, I feel very confused if anything. On one hand, we have an old yet strong 3DS that could do with a next-in-line. On the other, we have the Switch, pushed as home-console first and foremost, and the merging of the home console and handheld division. Either it’s a load of PR talk or Nintendo themselves have no idea. I just don’t know…

          • TheWeasel

            Now that I think about it, the Switch could be the bridge between home console and handheld, but I feel now that it might struggle to be a true “take-anywhere” handheld like the DS line, mainly due to its size.

            I feel like that link between the two console types is not something we’ll truly have until perhaps the next generation of systems, as far away as that sounds. As in, we’re not quite there, but the Switch is definitely a leap in that direction.

            In any case, I absolutely love my 3DS’, I’ve been on it since launch day and have over 60 titles for it, but I would definitely not mind a true replacement with some very updated hardware at all.

            I understand to “kill” the 3DS off now, as other put it, would seem premature to some because they might just have started to get one or have only a couple of years with it. But they forget that it’s been 6 years for people like me, and even though I am certainly not tired of my 3DS, I’d understand if it had to move on soon.

          • ForeVision

            I’ve bought the regular one at launch, upgraded to the 3DS and even to the new 3DS XL (currently lying next to me) and have yet to get all the titles I’d like to give a shot (money constraints, as I’m saving a fair amount for the Switch).

            I think the reason why they’re not killing it off, is due to the new, unproven, untested nature of the Switch, and it’s uncertainty as to actual long-lasting success. The 3DS is a proven concept with a good, strong library of games, still sells and still gets support. It’s there, and strong where the Switch has A LOT to prove (especially with Wii-U freshly in one’s mind).

        • jimmy

          If its not abig deal then why do you keep pushing the subject? so delusional

          • TheWeasel

            Eh? I’m not continuing anything. The real “delusion”, if at all, would be believing that the 3DS won’t be replaced.

            6 years old hardware is ancient in the world of mobile technology.

        • Supporter

          Eventually, sure. But some people think the 3DS will be dead this March. I mean, seriously? Mario Sports Superstars and Pikmin 3DS don’t even have release dates.

          Plus Nintendo already pretty much dumped the Wii U, so why dump the 3DS as well when it can give them more income while the Switch finds an install base?

          • TheWeasel

            That’s highly unlikely for it to be dead by March, haha. The Switch (or a 3DS successor) couldn’t hope to replace what the 3DS has in such a short time.

          • Supporter

            Agreed, but that’s how some people are acting. What are you going to do when people won’t change the minds? 🙂

      • JJ

        My prediction is that they make a dedicated handheld for a replacement for 3DS and that you’re wrong.

        • YamiryuuZero

          What would be the point of joining the handheld and home console developers back at Kyoto, and what would be the point of the Switch itself if they developed a 3DS successor?! Why buy a Switch, with the portability aspect being its selling point, if they have another console that is exclusively portable?!

          This video explains why the Switch is meant to replace the 3DS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCxfcsiSoYs&t=0s

          • ForeVision

            I see your point, and it’s all very vague still. What has that presentation really told us? I’m left with as much if not more questions then I had before it…

          • YamiryuuZero

            Really? Vague? I thought it was pretty on-point.
            When the presentation started, they showed every element that their consoles and handhelds unique between each other, and finally they showed how each of those features was put into the Switch, including the DS’s touch screen and portability!

            People are too focused on the home console =/= handheld market segregation. It’s Nintendo’s interest that the market gets merged, so they can focus in a single machine in order to cut down costs of producing more than one hardware and its accessories, while avoiding the game droughts that killed the Wii U!

            Remember, when the DS came out, the GBA was “here to stay” too!

          • ForeVision

            Allow me to elaborate: We don’t know the full extent of paid online, we don’t know THE most important thing about it: The price. Nintendo has always lagged behind severely when it comes to this, failing it now would cement their incompetence in the minds of those interested.

            The pictures provided in the Switch release schedules for both Europe and America are incomplete, I am 100% sure of this now, which leads me to my question: Why? Do they want those surprises so badly?

            Other than that, yes It was clear on those things you’ve mentioned.

        • jimmy

          wouldn’t surprise me if nintendo already has one in the planning stages

          • Josh Reynolds

            My prediction is next year once they sell the remaining 3DS games they have in development they will release a portable-only Switch bundle for $200 without the dock or the grip. At that point they will replace the 3DS with the Switch. It doesn’t make sense for them to do it until then because it eats into their sales but it also doesn’t make sense for them to keep Switch and portable development separate as the most important key to the Switches success is replacing the market share of 3DS owners with Switch owners. If this never happens the Switch will never get the third party support it needs and is bound to fail. If by some miracle Nintendo doesn’t realize this and they actually follow through with keeping things separate the Switch will fail.

    • Dio

      They always lie about this. Do you not know Nintendo history? 3DS is dead after this year.

      • Supporter

        Let’s see what happens. I could see a couple more 3DS games coming out next year, the same way a few more DS games came out in 2012 after the 3DS launched in 2011.

    • Michael Cortorreal

      I do not think the Switch is the successor of the 3DS, they stated Switch is a homeconsole so I’m treating it as such.

      Also, this is just a mere opinion, what missinformation? Haven’t you checked reactions? Lots praised the system but there is sincerely lot of hate and backlash.

      Liking something doesn’t cut that truth.

    • Random

      This isn’t true though. The Switch is literally replacing the 3DS as a handheld for many, if not most buyers.

      Of course Reggie says the 3DS is here to stay since it prints money. That makes sense. But saying the Switch is a home console first, when its literally a mobile tablet, which’s entire “home console” aspect is limited to connecting said mobile tablet to the TV is ridiculous.

      Its to 90% a mobile device, which even though not introduced as a 3DS replacement, has exactly this value for most buyers.

  • Hermione Granger

    its clear you want an online service where people pay twice for it… you reggie better get outta the stone age and offer what the other two offer of their online service, or you will find your self with a dead service no one is gonna pay for.

  • Operative

    “think it would be helpful maybe to step back. Because I think it’s important there’s an understanding of the bigger vision.”

    I think the fact that he has to say this is a little worrisome. Sorry, Reggie, but unless all of Nintendo’s future games have online multiplayer (pikmin multiplayer and co op would be so amazing), I’m not paying to play a small handful of games online. Especially if I can do it for free on the Wii U. Looking at you Mario Kart and inevitable Smash port.

    • Hermione Granger

      you can even play these nes/snes games on your emulator for free on your pc…

      • Indielink

        I mean sure you can pirate things if you feel like being a dickbag…

        • Hermione Granger

          downloading 30+ year old games is not being a cuckbag, making you pay for a month and then take it away from you is…

          • Josh Reynolds

            You aren’t paying for the games you are paying for a subscription service (primarily the online play) and yes stealing software is still stealing software so long as it hasn’t been added to public domain which I regret to inform you it hasn’t.

          • Hermione Granger

            paying for what? only to play online that is p2p between players??.. jesus christ, start thinking a bit further than your nose tip…

          • Josh Reynolds

            You mean the same thing other gamers have been paying for for the last decade? Xbox Live doesn’t run on dedicated servers nor does PSN. Nintendo is just going with the market on this one.

            However, the way it was described, it sounds like there will now be global party chat, something that was sorely missed on the Wii U.

            Also, it’s very obvious, you want the Switch to fail so you don’t have to move on from your 3DS. Next year, once all the in dev 3DS games are on the market, the Switch will replace it. They will likely have to release a cheaper bundle without a dock, but it absolutely will replace it if they have any business sense whatsoever.

          • Hermione Granger

            for 12 months you get games aaa and indies, at the end of those 12 months you get what you payed for and more… and the games get not taken away from you. ninty dont even have a proper online account for stuff, everything locked to hardware, friends codes and all that crap… they are like 10 years behind microsoft and sony.

          • Hans Olo

            Hi ya pal!

  • Abra

    snipperclips looks awesome :v

  • JasonBall

    YES, ****ing YES to all of this!

    I said three months ago 3DS is here to stay after the September direct. Looks like I was right. They’re, if anything, ramping UP 3DS marketing.

    • Abra

      shhhhh

    • Hermione Granger

      if you thought the 3ds would go anywhere, the biggest earnings ninty have, you have been fooled….

    • Exy

      Since Switch had to sacrifice basically everything from Wii and Wii U, I have to wonder if 3D will make it to the next in the 3DS line.

      • Abra

        there will not be a next 3DS. Switch is the next 3DS or i should say a redesign Switch slim

        • Hermione Granger

          not true, there is no reason for ninty to give up on their most sold console. in two years there will be a new 3ds, no doubt…

        • JJ

          Yes there will.

      • JasonBall

        God that would be a dream come true for me, I’m in love with 3D.

        There are like 7 replies to us here from blocked users. Are any of them worth reading?

        • Exy

          Of course not.

  • Bcardia

    “I read the boards and I read the comments”
    Then you better be aware of all the backlash happening now, Reggie.

    • Hermione Granger

      reggie dont read anything sadly…

    • Abra

      what backlash?

      • Vigilante_blade

        Paid online

        • Abra

          oh ya that… it’s too soon to say it’s a bad move. i myself am not a fan of it and probably will not pay since i already got xbox live. so me picking up games like Splatoon is unlikely. hmm unless we get Dragon Quest X online then ya i might pay for that and unsub from xbox live since that game will never come to X1

        • ForeVision

          Not without reason either. What has been said of the online pales in comparison to Sony/MS’s, and without the price being known it only adds to people speculating it could easily be quite expensive.

          • Vigilante_blade

            Just in the interest of people not thinking I’m just being a “hater”. I also find Microsoft and Sony’s practices to force the service and fees to be appalling.

          • ForeVision

            You’ve got a point, as I’ve said before it has a dear friend who has a game already on PS4, looking to buy the same game, full price on PC simply to 1. play with friends and 2. avoid having to subscribe to PS+ to even play it online.

    • Exy

      They’re aware, but it doesn’t mean they need to acknowledge it. Not right away, anyway.

    • ben

      It sold out on almost every site.. the hardcore gamers have been thrown under a bus for the casuals and the people who didnt own a wii u.. oh and they have the Jrpg people and the Splatoon people. So they won no matter what we think and neogaf cries about.

      • Burning Gravity

        haha plz

        “hardcore gamer” here, since the console has good-looking games I’m interested, that’s all it really comes down to. the rest is all stuff I can deal with. limited storage, paid online, whatever, we dealt with worse stuff before, passionate gamers try to find reasons to play and enjoy games, not reasons to whine and complain about them or the hardware they’re on, which is why I own hundreds upon hundreds of games and every current-gen console lol

    • Tyson

      What backlash? The one from people who bash Nintendo no matter what they do? Those people doesn’t count.

    • Burning Gravity

      lolplz

      the ragers and whiners are jokes, it would be silly of him to take their opinions seriously

  • Hidden Flare

    Well I’m kinda glad to see that the 3ds is still getting attention, though I do hope it won’t be at the cost of making games for it that may fit the switch better.

    Hmm comments on the already brought virtual console games but can’t say anything yet… What are you hinting to Reggie?…

    • Hermione Granger

      you can bet on there will be a new 3ds, that play the switch games, thats a given i would say…

      • Hidden Flare

        An odd idea, I don’t see it as likely considering I don’t see why anyone would need such a thing. Like why get it if you already have one of the systems as opposed to buying the system?

        • Hermione Granger

          smaller, more battery time etc… the switch dont exactly fit in your pockets.. also japanese market is all about handhelds now days.

          • Hidden Flare

            Wait are you saying there will be another 3ds akin to the new 3ds or a new console in the ds line akin to ds to 3ds?

          • Hermione Granger

            a smaller version of switch that actually fit in your pockets, with more battery time. for the handheld market is gonna happen.

          • Hidden Flare

            Ah hmm that surely is possible, a different look of switch does seem likely. It’ll probably be like Xl to the normal 3ds. But what does the 3ds have to do with that?

          • Hermione Granger

            only the handheld take of the 3ds have to do with it.. im sure when it arrive ninty are gonna rename it to something else

          • JJ

            Plus hopefully it’ll be backward compatible with 3DS and DS too.

  • Abra

    3DS will be phased out slowly that’s all this means. once the Switch has two years under it with a decent price cut 3DS will be put to sleep. and Nintendo will be a one system company.

    • Hermione Granger

      and a new 3ds system will arrive….ninty are not gonna give up on their golden goose that easily..

      • Abra

        a redesign 3DS that is cheaper to make yes maybe but not a whole new handheld..

        • Hermione Granger

          a smaller version of switch that actually fit in your pockets, with more battery time. for the handheld market is gonna happen. no one thought there would be a 2ds after the 3ds… japan is handheld first..

          • Abra

            so you agree with me then :v

          • Hermione Granger

            what its branded as i dunno, but a smaller handheld that play switch games is gonna happen…

          • Abra

            ya it’s gonna be called Switch Lite

    • ben

      I dont even see 2 years.

      • Abra

        ya probably within the year but also it will depend on how well the Switch sales

  • Vigilante_blade

    Pay attention, Reggie, and tell the bigwigs at Nintendo that we don’t want paid online.

    • NintendoPSXTheSecond

      Nothing wrong with paying for a better service. Pay for better online, less lag. I’m game.

      • Vigilante_blade

        I didn’t buy a PS4 specifically for that.

        • Burning Gravity

          it’s 2017. it’s about time they got a paid service and met the standards of other companies.

          grow up, the world doesn’t revolve around you nor are they obligated to provide services to you or anyone else for free, lol

          • ForeVision

            “it’s about time they got a paid service and met the standards of the gaming industry by providing more feature-rich and stable online functionality.” By having their voice chat done through an App of all things?

            If it’s actually stable and overall a good service fine, but that app is bog standard stupid I’m sorry.

      • Abra

        what was wrong with the Wii U online service i thought it was great we did not need anything more. as long as you had good wifi gaming online with Wii U was fine

      • RoadyMike

        After playing a small amount of online multiplayer games on Steam, I haven’t had any issue with the connection; even on wifi on my laptop. I’m not paying for any features or better service, it’s just there

    • Abra

      well people kept crying for voice chat….. so ya they listened and we pay now..

    • Hermione Granger

      its to late now.. you are gonna pay or play alone… greedy ninty aint backing on this one.

      • hi v3.0

        Why you always be a hater xD

        • Hermione Granger

          no hate, just the truth…

    • Burning Gravity

      learn to speak for yourself, rather than using “we”

      • Vigilante_blade

        Considering the backlash, “we” is perfectly accurate.

  • David Daub

    is the switch smaller then the Wiiu or the same size?

    • José Pedrero

      Same screen size

  • nekoknight

    I bought the digital version of Mario Kart 8 for 60 bucks. Nintendo should offer a discount on the digital version of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, because I really don’t want to pay another 60 bucks just for an upgraded version of a game I already own

    • Abra

      yup i have a feeling this verison of Mario Kart 8 will not sale as well as it did when it first came out.

      • Hidden Flare

        Im getting Hyule warriors heroes flash backs.

    • hi v3.0

      SAME ! Although I have MK8 on disc

    • Kenshin0011

      Me too, and the DLC cost extra on top of that

    • Supporter

      I don’t think they will since it seems to be aimed at people who skipped the Wii U.

      • ForeVision

        Even so I probably would’ve bought it (I own MK8 on Wii-U) if guaranteed that I’d be able to online multi-play at my leisure, not whenever the “rent” is payed.

        • Supporter

          Yeah, paid online definitely gets in the way of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2. It’s too bad Nintendo decided to do that.

          • ForeVision

            At the same time though, I’m being a bit hasty. If this service is like 5-10 (or lower, but definitely not more, unless they’re going to give more info as to this service having more to it, enough to be worth more than that) then I’ll step aboard, albeit grudgingly, since I if Monster Hunter does come on this console, I’ll want to play online.

          • Supporter

            Yeah. I want to see the price. Then I’ll comment on that.

    • Aline Piroutek

      Reggie&Nintendo: Want a discount? OK. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for you by 55$

  • Michael Cortorreal

    I understand the pay online for better services, I think it’s fine as long as it’s reasonable.

    But locking voice chat behind a pay wall? That’s a real red sign Nintendo.

    And if you are paying attention as you claim Reggie, then you are looking at the wrong place.

    From what I can gather there ain’t Switches anymore and restock doesn’t seem likely right now.

    The Switch is an interesting concept, but the business practice right now is having a lot of backlash. To many consider the system itself expensive (although it has A LOT of stuff on the box).

    Others consider the peripherals expensive as well…(they are), the presentation felt weird and many are worried about the lack of games at launch and launch window.

    • Bcardia

      Great post all around, I completely agree.

    • Indielink

      Legit my only complaints about this thing right now are paying for voice chat and Joy-Con pricing.

      My Joy-Con pricing complaints may go up or down depending on how many games require players to have two Joy-Cons each.

    • Burning Gravity

      everyone’s trying to be an arm-chair expert with what Nintendo should/shouldn’t be doing as if though they can even appreciate a fraction of the thought process that goes into all of these decisions, as if though they even know all the information yet.

      surely nothing is perfect, including the Switch, but passionate gamers will tolerate and deal with the negatives while maturely speaking their mind about them where applicable (rather than complaining and whining) because they appreciate the games and want to play them

      • ForeVision

        You’re always rolling in with that “passionate gamers” argument. You know what that looks like to me? Like the whales they have in the mobile department, those people that get “milked” for their money.

        I enjoy my games, always have, always will, but I don’t want to be treated like those people get treated, as a literal bag of money. I’ll play BotW and Bomberman, and every other game that interests me that’s on the Switch, but I’ll damn well say no to online if it sucks, because I’ll not be treated like a whale.

        • masterjedi

          But what makes you think it’s going to suck? That’s the thing I keep seeing that doesn’t make any sense. Everyone is saying the online is going to suck be the only online info we have is the free game for a month then said game is no longer available unless you buy it info.

          • ForeVision

            I said IF it sucks, not saying it will. People base their opinions on Nintendo’s previous online experiences. They’ve always been behind Sony/Microsoft and the thing they did announce with the free game, has already hit people in the knee (as their competitors do it better, and they could’ve easily looked at them and learned).

            Plus if you compare it to Wii/Wii-U and predecessors, it means you HAVE to pay to use your own internet connection (for which you pay as is, this counts for Sony and MS as well) whereas the others were at least free of charge.

  • David Daub

    will the Nintendo Switch be able to have on-line gaming and downloadable games?

    • hi v3.0

      There’s this game called Splatoon, so obviously online yes, downloadable games yes too, why wouldn’t they ?

  • ben

    Bs the 3ds is dead in the water.. they just want to sell what stock they have left.

    • Supporter

      What? That sounds more like the Wii U. The 3DS has games coming out early this year with potential more unannounced games on the way.

      • ben

        The 3ds is great but Nintendo need to kill it to make the Switch a succes
        they will kill it.

        • Supporter

          I’m sure they’ll keep the 3DS going for the rest of the year, while the Switch starts gathering an audience.

  • Alex Horton

    right like how the ds and gba coexisted

    • Supporter

      Except the Switch is the next home console after the Wii U, so it’s replacing the Wii U the same way the DS replaced the Game Boy Advance.

  • Colocho_gt

    I hope the 3DS dies fast, so Nintendo can focus on 1 console alone.

    • Supporter

      I hope not, so Nintendo can still release games on the 3DS for an established install base, while the Switch finds an audience.

  • ジョシュ

    I’m glad to know the 3ds is not going to die anytime soon!

  • Although the presentation wasn’t great (but still pretty good) I still believe the Switch will have 3DS like sales or better when it’s all said and done. The fact that it will have not only home console games developers making games for it but also dedicated handheld games developers making games for it too will be a huge advantage for the system. People who are worried about the paid online service need to chill. Nintendo wouldn’t have a price on it if it wasn’t worth it. I think it will rival PSN and XBLA we just have to wait and see. I’m stoked

  • キロ

    Yay, I love my 3DS. xD

  • hi v3.0

    3DS WILL DIE AROUND THE END OF THIS YEAR
    AND THEY BETTER MAKE ME DOWNLOAD MY SUPER MARIO WORLD AND DKC2 ON THE SWITCH FOR FREE BECAUSE I AM NOT SPENDING TEN DOLLARS AGAIN THANK YOU

    • Supporter

      We don’t know if the 3DS ends this year. Let’s see what other games come to this system before making such claims.

  • chancetime

    3DS still has games coming out for it, had excellent success with Pokemon Sun/Moon and possible localisation titles (Lady Layton, Monster Hunter Stories) etc while Wii U has pretty much nothing except a less nicer looking BOTW. Makes sense to me. 😛

  • JJ

    There will be a dedicated handheld after New 3DS. Also hopefully backward compatible with 3DS and DS. I say this because 1 the Switch is too bulky to replace 3DS, also it’s not really affordable for children and budget conscious consumers. Also, there are different game types ( with different price points) of console and handheld games: Think Breath of the Wild, or Spkatoon vs. Fire Emblem or A Link Between Worlds.

  • awng781

    Yeah, the Switch being $300 means people will definitely still be buying the 3DS, which can go as low as $80 if you get a 2DS.

    I’ll say this once, and I’ll say this again, but the Switch is too expensive for what it currently offers.

    • ForeVision

      I agree with that, and hopefully the price either drops or the offer gets better.

    • ForeVision

      I’ve just heard from TotalBiscuit that Nintendo intends to charge 5$ a month for Paid Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCrjI3O0fWY

      • awng781

        I have not been able to find any reports or articles corroborating TotalBiscuit’s claim. I think he assumed Switch’s online service would cost $5 per month simply because that is similar to the price of a XBL and PSN subscription.

        If the Switch’s online service is indeed $5 per month ($60 per year), then it looks like I won’t be playing any multiplayer games on the Switch until the service is up to par with XBL or PSN. Seeing as how overpriced the Switch’s accessories are, I would not be surprised if that was the case.

  • The truth-ier

    nintendo want people to pay for there terrible unproven online service with no track record, while the other systems get 2-3 games free with there subscription(good games or not depends on your taste), you get a loaner game that you can buy later lol, if you paid digitally or have the disk you get a ton of games for free if you already purchased them.
    So nintendo is playing catch up in every way with its online….its online is like the power, and its third party support…gimped and under powered.

  • Dayph

    Handhelds historically are cheaper than home consoles. Switch has not got the size, the price and the kind of users of a handheld. 3DS will be replace, whenever, for another handheld. And another thing: Pokémon “Stars” is being developed for that system has proven can sell millions (not Switch at the moment)

  • ForeVision

    I can’t see the logic of that app for voice chat. Since the Switch is a nice and small device, I’ll just make sure it’s close to my computer and use Skype instead.

    3DS staying around somehow doesn’t surprise me, and I’m curious on what more they’ll do for the system, as well as what it’s follow-up will be.

  • Tlink7

    Sure Reggie, sure 😛
    3DS will either be made irrelevant by the Switch or a new handheld will have been announced within a year’s time

  • nemo37

    I really dislike it when companies create a solid hardware product and then proceed on doing things to make the platform built on that product (by platform I mean hardware, system software, apps/games, and services) not competitive, to the point that it jeopardizes the success of the hardware and the entire platform. The aforementioned issue happened with Wii U, Vita, Xbox One, and now seems to be happening again with Switch. Not only has Nintendo repeated some of the same mistakes they made with Wii U but they are making some new mistakes. Now this would not be an issue because everyone makes mistakes, but the way to correct errors is to learn from them and fix your strategy. I believe the Switch can be saved because it is a great piece of hardware; the problem is that instead of addressing key lingering issues with the platform, Nintendo, as evidenced by this Reggie interview, is more keen on justifying their mistakes. I am going to dedicate this comment to showing just some of the issues in Reggie’s comment (and some other issues that Nintendo as a whole is being oblivious towards).

    1. I do not believe that many online gamers have an issue paying for online access so long as they are getting a competitive deal and a robust online infrastructure. I am not going to put into question how robust Nintendo Network will be with the new paid model (I know PSN became much better with regards to reliability when Sony started to charge for the service) because it is too early. However, I will say that this service is not as appealing as PS Plus or Xbox Live with Gold because it lacks some of the same perks of those other services. At the very least, Nintendo could afford to let users keep 15-30 year old games dor the duration of their subscription. Sony and MS both provide their users with newer titles and let users keep the titles for either the duration of their subscription (PSN) or even after they cancel their subscription (Xbox Live). Moreover, Sony makes up for the deficit in their plan (which is that users cannot keep the PS Plus games if they cancel their subscription) by providing their users with more monthly games. Reggie should stop trying to justify the deficit in their service and instead work to make the service competitive.

    2. By saying that the Switch will not replace the 3DS (assuming that this is their strategy and not just PR to justify selling the older 3DS, like MS did with Xbox One and 360 when they said the One and 360 would co-exist even though the 360 was later discontinued), they are essentially saying that the software problem that plagued the 3DS and Wii U will continue. Nintendo said in 2014 and later 2015 that their next platform would address the issue of splitting resources between handheld and home console by being unified. However, if the 3DS (or another handheld) and Switch are truly going to co-exist then we are going to see the same software drought issues that affected past systems.

    3. The chat application does not fix any issues that Reggie said it would fix. Firstly, using a mobile chat app means that you cannot listen to the game content and chat with friends at the same time. Secondly, the Switch has a unified audio-out/mic port so you could simply plug in a headset to the console. Thirdly, why would anyone pay for this, when they could use Skype or other chat service on their mobile device.

    4. I very much doubt that shipping 2 million system will lead to low supply, high demand issues (in fact, I think the opposite is more likely to happen). The reason for this is that the system has terrible overall and regional price points. As a home console, the system is too weak and lacks the third-party support to be priced on par with the PS4 and Xbox One and yet in certain regions it is priced above both of those systems. As a portable system, it is simply overpriced (the PS Vita, Nvidia Shield Portable, and 3DS all failed when they were being sold for $250-$300; Nintendo realized this and dropped the system’s price which helped salvage the system and yet they are making the same mistake again; it should also be noted that the Shiled Portable and Vita were both initially said to offer a home console experience on the go and yet that did not help either justify their price). This is an issue that Nintendo can fix. In all regions the system should be priced anywhere from $50-$100 (or the equivalent in other currencies) below the PS4 and Xbox One. Accessories should be priced equivalently to their PS4/Xbox One counterparts. A good bundle or two would really help propel the system. Creating accessible gaming systems with a price point to attract casuals and gamers alike has been one of the reasons for their past success, and yet it is something that they have ignored recently. The price as it is is not competative, it is too high for casual gamers and not justifiable (with regards to third-party support and services offered) for gamers that would pay for a fairly inexpensive system to play Nintendo games and other exclusives.

    5. Their marketing has been confusing (albeit still better than the initial marketing for Wii U and 3DS). At the conference they failed to mention all of the launch games. No price has been given for the online service (which granted is not a major issue since it becomes a paid service in Fall, but it could affect people’s decision to wait off). And Reggie’s assertion that we should wait for VC news is ludicrous, considering the system is launching in less than 2 months. The biggest issue, however, is that they are marketing (by marketing I mean advertising and pricing) what is clearly a portable system (all of the internals are designed for tablet devices) with certain traits of a home console, as a home console first; as the PS Vita and Shield Portable demonstrated, this is not a viable strategy. They would have been far better off saying that this system is a hybrid designed to replace both Wii U and eventually also the 3DS, and pricing it closer to a portable system.

    6. In another interview, Reggie said that they look through gaming forums and comment sections for feedback. That is great! However, what is not so great is that instead of addressing the problems that people have, Nintendo seems more satisfied to justify mistakes. If they know fans really want Mother 3 and Metroid Prime, then they should have worked hard to surprise them at this conference. Neither needed to be released exactly this year (although that would have been ideal), but it would give people something to look forward to and helped justify that purchase for some people. I see so many people having on forums and comment sections having a hard time to justify the price especially when comparing to PS4 and Xbox One. The logical answer to this would be to cut the price or create a screenless home console like SKU and offer it at a lower price.

    7. The launch and software lineup is somewhat barren. Zelda is the key launch title and it is a stunning game, it is also the definitive version of the game running at both a higher resolution and with seemingly better frame rates on the Switch. However, it is also available on Wii U, and so many people with that console or those that can buy that console at a lower price second-hand will not have a reason to upgrade so soon. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Xenoblade 2, and Mario Odyssey all look fantastic, but a few more ports (Smash 4, Xenoblade X, Pokken, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Mario Maker, all being prime candidates) from Wii U and some more surprising releases at least announced (new Kid Icarus, Metroid Prime, Luigi’s Mansion, etc) would have made the purchase of the system more justifiable.

  • Joseph Oliveira

    Finally! Nintendo sung it AGAIN that it will NOT replace the 3DS. Stupid media.

  • Supporter

    These were some pretty strong questions. I hope Nintendo really does offer a discount or free release for gamers who already own virtual console games. It’s also nice to hear that the 3DS won’t be ending yet, the same way the Wii U pretty much has.

  • Dio

    Drop the 3DS. Put Pokemon on Switch. Profit. Zelda + 3D Mario + Pokemon in first year = Success.

  • awng781

    I expect to see this within the next 2-3 years, if not sooner depending on how successful the current Switch package configuration is during its first year or so.

    http://i.imgur.com/4j485TG.jpg

    This could easily replace the 3DS.

    You could still use a dockless Switch to play in “handheld” and “tabletop” mode, so the device would still technically remain a hybrid of some sort, even when removing the TV out of the equation.

  • Fenn

    People already bought the old games so they wouldn’t buy the nes mini? Boy was that judgement way off, I rather have the mini