Nintendo Will Keep Supporting 3DS Alongside Switch, VR is a Possibility


Nintendo has been letting small tidbits for their recently unveiled Nintendo Switch console out to press, however one concern both fans and investors have had with the device is whether or not its portable nature will cannibalize their existing handheld: the Nintendo 3DS.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima talked down any possibility of the company discontinuing the 3DS.

“Thanks to our software, the 3DS hardware is still growing. So that business still has momentum. And certainly rather than being cannibalized by the Switch, we think the 3DS can continue in its own form,” Kimishima said.

The boss talked up how they envisioned the Switch from the get-go, and where it would sit in their lineup of hardware.

“We didn’t just want a successor to the Wii U or the 3DS. So our original concept was, ‘What kind of new experience can we create?’ And what we showed this time was an object that’s both stationary and one you can take outside to play with anyone you want.”

Finally, Kimishima teased the possibility of virtual reality support coming to the console, because why not:

“If you asked as if this might be possible in the future, certainly we can’t say no,” Kimishima said.

“In terms of how it can be used for gaming, it’s something we must consider. It depends on the system specifications. I can’t say that we have no interest in VR because VR offers new ways of playing, but that depends on what kind of software can be played. But what kind of software works, that’s only something you only know once you actually experience it. And our games are ones that are usually played for a long time.”

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  • Shiggy Diggy Doo

    It’ll be like the time they said support for the gba won’t end when the DS came out!

  • totenglocke

    They said that about the Gameboy Advance when the DS came out. 2-3 years later, GBA got the axe entirely.

  • Ganwi Dekani
  • Mr0303
  • Yeah, that was hard to believe as it had a GBA slot in the bottom anyway.

  • Anon_Amous

    There is certainly a precedent for dropping support of previous hardware but then, something like the Switch hasn’t occurred before. Probably will ultimately have to do with if there is a market for the DS line going forward. If there is, support will come. If not, then nope. Pretty common sense really. Would anybody else do it any other way? I doubt it.

  • ThatOneGuy

    Yeah. Sure.

  • Tristan (Chili1)

    I really hope this is like the GBA->3DS situation and that this replaces the 3DS. I want my handheld games in HD.

  • Tristan (Chili1)

    >implying any of this is confirmed
    Nice rumors.
    >720p on a handheld
    >double the RAM of the Wii U

  • orbo

    They said that about the gba to ds and the wii was instantly dropped the moment the wiiu came out, the only reason they didn’t axe the ds when the 3ds came out is because the ds is literally the best selling system on the planet.

  • Nagato

    I’m all for attacking Nintendo for the lack of power their devices have had this last decade (and then some), but there’s no need to misinterpret or invent bullshit reasons to do so.

    Nothing wrong at all with a portable 720p screen if you want games to run at actually acceptable framerates, and that size + resolution combination would still put it ahead in pixel density of any TV screen or monitor you’re likely to use. Sure, it doesn’t compare to the 1080p+ screen your phone is likely to have, but its main task is to display text, rather than render complex 3D imagery.

    And “Less RAM means less power” is some of the most idiotic garbage I’ve read in quite some time, and seems written by some technically illiterate Sonygger who is actually still under the impression that ram equals power as a result of when everyone pretended to be impressed by the whole “8GB of GDDR5 RAM” spec they didn’t really understand back in 2013. Of course, the fact that the console itself only really has ~4,5GB of that 8GB available to use for games is conveniently ignored…

  • Brimfyre

    Well Nintendo always says this and they always drop the previous gen quickly. But Wii and DS got dropped quicker than normal because piracy was killing both so badly.

    Well until Wii U, which was dropped a year before the next system even came out. That is a new record.

  • Nagato

    Yeah, VR is definitely not gonna work with what they currently have available. Although I can see some potential for a VR-compatible Switch revision down the line, but that’ll still only be able to produce gimmicky experiences like PSVR and Gear VR, rather than actual VR games like on PC.

  • Pirate Booty

    who the hell cares about this stupid iPad knockoff

  • Pirate Booty

    who the hell cares about this iPad wannabe

    shove your mario and pokemon where the sun don’t shine, so tired of this stupid company, you’re 10 years behind the curve, fuck off and stop peddling your dumb underpowered consoles that no one buys

  • Extrange

    Well, here’s the thing: the Switch ISN’T a true portable.

    Don’t expect them to drop the 3DS that easily. Even more with the massive differences between both devices.

  • Sylveria Shini

    Well there goes their best chance of the Switch being successful. The only way to make this thing a draw to anyone but Nintendo enthusiasts was to migrate what would normally be handheld series over to it. Now they’ve just given us another Wii-U.

  • Smug

    They’re the same people who originally wrote something like “The PS4 is so powerful that [insert game] need a lot of HDD space” or whatever tech-illiterate bullshit

    I also care more about a screen displaying pretty colors and high pixel density, than muh bigger screen/resolution.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    It’s not like the 3DS will keep getting tons and tons of games for the next 4 years, the support will be like the support for all systems after their successors released – limited.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Yeah. The 3DS will probably get a Sun & Moon 2 next year and a drip feed of B and C tier games until 2018.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    I’m not seeing the problem with the screen being 720p.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    So powerful that you have to install every game because the disc read speeds are so slow.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    As shitty as that was, it’s hard to really blame them. If Mario Kart and Smash Bros. can’t save your console, nothing will. Not even Splatoon helped.

  • Kiryu

    Yeah right,how many times have we heard that before?

  • vonSanneck

    Like clockwork…

  • Smug

    “I want my handheld games in HD”

    Are we talking about good-looking screen or 1080p screen?
    if the latter, massive pleb detected

  • braneman

    If it has dedicated Vram it could hit well above its weight, especially at 720p. You might actually be able to squeeze in anti aliasing on there, crazy I know.

  • Smug

    and when I thought 180GB for the whole Ryu ga Gotoku/Yakuza serie on PS3 was already pretty big

  • Michael Richardson

    If they do, it’ll only be ports or very low-resource projects, and that will only be until they confirm that the Switch isn’t a disaster in the making.

    As soon as the Switch looks like it’s catching on, Nintendo will drop the 3DS like a hot potato.

  • Feniks

    Nintendo hardware relies heavily on Nintendo to keep them alive. And I guess Nintendo isn’t big enough to keep making games for older systems.

  • gwadahunter2222

    They say that because they want to kill the Wii U first and not the 3DS.

  • Joe

    Let me guess, they’ll support the 3DS just long enough to cannibalize sales from the Switch and ensure its launch is also a failure…

  • True Goddess Reincarnation
  • Travis Touchdown

    Switch is the replacement for 3DS.

    Wii U and Switch master race!

  • Zombie_Barioth

    To be fair, things had already tapered off with the Wii by 2011, and the GBA did continue to get a fair bit of support when the DS came out.

    Of course they aren’t going to drop the 3DS right away, its still selling like hotcakes and has a 50+mil. installbase.

    They all do this when new hardware comes out.

  • OSad

    The rushed journalism of Nintendo doomsayers is becoming apparent too.

  • Switch is a replacment for both wii u and 3ds.

  • CRES

    Just like how the DS wasn’t going to replace the Gameboy Advance?

    In all seriousness I REALLY don’t want the DS line to disappear. There are several games that benefit from having 2 screens (like Strategy Games) and some franchises (Like one of my personal favorites Etrian Odyssey) will up and disappear as soon as the DS line gets discontinued.

    If Nintendo really wants to continue the 3DS past the Switch’s launch, great (maybe you should start releasing games exclusive for the New 3DS). But I can’t help but feel like this is just corporate speak for “We will discontinue the 3DS but we don’t want so say that so you will continue buying it.”

  • CRES

    I’m curious about the limitations of the Switch that limit it’s ability to be a full on portable device. Because if it is something like limited battery life or the fact that it needs the dock to charge, then who would even take it with them to begin with?

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    Mother 3, Rthythm Heaven, Drill Dozer. All of them released at 2005-2006 for GBA by Nintendo.

  • Bob Smith

    I feel awful for anyone delusional enough to think Nintendo will support Wii U at any point in the future.

    The memo came out last year that they dropped support for it already. Talk about having your console limp along for a year and a half.


    >Wii U
    >master race

    Give me some of your crystal meth. Yours must be one of the kind to cause that special kind of delusion you’re having.

  • RandomDev

    VR is a waste of resources for gaming but for porn VR has a future.

  • Sylveria Shini

    My concern is that they’ll keep supporting 3DS as their mobile thing, the Switch wont do very well because it’ll be strangled in the same way the Wii-U is with no 3rd party support due to the low power and gimicks, and then we’ll see them release the 5DS or something instead of consolidating their libraries on to this platform.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    I could only see that possibility happening if the Switch flops, which is still too early to say. Interest in it seems pretty high based on Youtube views but that doesn’t really directly translate to sales so who knows?

  • Them manly cutscenes took all the space bruh.

  • Smug

    Arguably, they have a ton of side content on the other hand

  • Extrange

    Nintendo doesn’t think that far ahead when it comes to hardware. Remember when Wii Remotes came with THE FLIMSIEST OF THE STRAPS?

  • Raspberry

    LUL butthurt Gaben’s personal faggot is BUTTHURT

  • CRES

    I would have gone with the original 3DS, where the bottom screen would scratch the top screen just by closing it.