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Aonuma says Switch doesn’t mean Nintendo’s concept of a dedicated handheld will disappear

Posted on February 2, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

This month’s issue of EDGE contains an interview with Eiji Aonuma, producer of the Zelda series. While the magazine likely asked a few questions about Breath of the Wild, Aonuma also chatted about Switch specifically.

EDGE asked Aonuma about whether Switch allows for Nintendo’s handheld and console teams to be unified, leading to quicker releases. Although that’s somewhat true,  he said “it doesn’t automatically mean things will happen more quickly or more easily.” More importantly, Aonuma said that Switch “doesn’t mean for us that the concept of a dedicated handheld will just disappear.”

Aonuma’s full comments:

“There’s an element of that, but it doesn’t automatically mean things will happen more quickly or more easily. Plus, Nintendo 3DS still has plenty of titles in development. The concept of the Switch is that you have a home console that you can take with you on the go, and in that respect it is both home console and handheld, but it doesn’t mean for us that the concept of a dedicated handheld will just disappear.”

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