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Even though Switch is the focus when it comes to Nintendo hardware these days, 3DS hasn’t been entirely forgotten. The system is still being sold and there will still be games released on the dedicated portable next year.

Speaking during the company’s latest financial briefing, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said that 3DS will continue to be sold as long as there’s demand. Furukawa also reiterated that 3DS has its own advantages compared to Switch thanks to its size, weight, and price.

During Nintendo’s financial results briefing last month, one investor brought up how Switch has some major games missing from third-party publishers. President Shuntaro Furukawa was asked if he believes this will change in the future.

In response, Furukawa indicated that it’s unrealistic to expect every major game on Switch. Nintendo is speaking with publishers, however, and he believes “the number of titles on it will increase a lot more.”

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa shared a few words about Nintendo Labo during the company’s latest financial results briefing, mentioning that sales are expected to increase this holiday and it will “sell for a long time”. Sales will also be different to core titles like Mario and Zelda.

Furukawa also left a very interesting comment to close out his response. Labo was one way in which Nintendo wanted to expand Switch’s user base, but Nintendo has other ideas that don’t rely on franchise titles. These will be announced later, Furukawa said.

Almost all of Nintendo’s mobile games were developed in-house. But for Dragalia Lost, the company teamed up with Cygames. Could there be more collaborations in the future?

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa commented on the possibility during the company’s latest financial results briefing, explaining:

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa weighed in on Fortnite’s success on Switch during the company’s most recent financial briefing. Thanks to strong momentum, the game has been downloaded by close to half of all Switch systems worldwide. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Fortnite is doing the best in Japan, but “is also growing in Japan.”

While addressing the same investor, Furukawa said that cloud-based games from third-parties “is a very positive thing.” He believes it can also have a good impact on expanding the user base since “there are some titles that probably could not be offered on Nintendo Switch any other way.”

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa had a few interesting comments about Switch Online during the company’s latest financial briefing.

Furukawa started out by stating that the service “had a good launch”. Nintendo’s current objective “is on boosting the appeal of the service” and “further enhance the content of the service for the subscriber base to reach a certain size”. Using the NES-exclusive controllers as an example, Furukawa added that Nintendo has to “develop the service beyond being merely digital, in ways play to our strengths as a company that operates an integrated hardware and software business.”

During a recent financial results briefing, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa commented on the early success of Dragalia Lost.

Furukawa stated out by saying that the mobile game is “off to a good start” before adding that “it seems to have found a certain number of consumers who play it continuously.” The game has plenty of players who are Cygames fans in Japan while those in the United States are “predominantly Nintendo fans.” Nintendo is also seeing strong daily sales and in-game sales “stand apart from what we have seen with past applications.”

For Switch’s initial year, Nintendo came out with big Switch games month after month. Zelda: Breath of the Wild got things started, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Splatoon 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, Super Mario Odyssey, and Xenolade Chronicles 2 releasing in subsequent months.

2018 has had its own fair share of games, but you could argue that the lineup has been a bit quieter – especially during the first half of the year. This was brought up during Nintendo’s latest financial results briefing, with president Shuntaro Furukawa said that it “takes a long time” to make games and “there will inevitably be periods during the hardware lifecycle when we are unable to release major new titles.” As such, the company needs to use different methods to fill in those gaps, such as “continuing to promote the sale of titles released in the previous year, release add-on content, highlight the appeal of hardware itself, and use services like Nintendo Switch Online to keep the utilization ratio of the hardware up.”

A year after launch, Nintendo has a few Switch games that continue to sell. The likes of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Super Mario Odyssey still regularly appear on the charts.

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa described these titles during a recent financial results briefing as “hardware drivers”. He added that Nintendo intends to “incorporate add-on content and other factors that will keep these titles in the spotlight, so they will continue to sell alongside the hardware.”

During Nintendo’s financial results briefing last week, president Shuntaro Furukawa was initially asked a flurry of questions. Topics included the company’s strategy for Switch this holiday, the user base that will popularize the console, and how pre-orders are going for Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee and Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Here’s Furukawa’s full response:

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