Nintendo to Continue 3DS Business Alongside the Switch

Nintendo has confirmed they’re going to continue the Nintendo 3DS part of their business alongside their new flagship console, the Nintendo Switch.

The news was confirmed by Nintendo president and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima in their latest financial results briefing.

“The Nintendo 3DS characteristics, price points, and play styles differ from Nintendo Switch, and we intend to continue the Nintendo 3DS business separately and in parallel,” Kimishima said. “We will continue to use its installed base and rich software library in our business.”

Kimishima added that the company is naturally going to continue “to develop new software, but we believe it is important to leverage the rich library of Nintendo 3DS series titles to drive sales with Nintendo 3DS owners, as well as consumers who recently purchased Nintendo 3DS hardware.”

Finally, Kimishima noted that “the affordability of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems places it in a critical position as the first dedicated video game platform for children who have no prior experience with dedicated video game systems. It is also positioned as an affordable product for budget-conscious consumers. We will continue working to promote Nintendo 3DS to these consumers.”

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  • Ace

    Fine with me.

  • totenglocke

    Kimishima is a moron if he’s actually going to follow through on this.

  • Syndromic

    A very good news for me since I just bought the 3ds.

  • Person Man

    They said this about the GB line as well people. 3DS is dead.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    And. Guess. What.

    THE NINTENDO DS– HAD A GBA SLOT ON IT! DO YOU SEE A 3DS SLOT ON THE NINTENDO SWITCH?

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    yeah what a moron to continue serving an install base of tens of millions of users lol what a retard amirite?

  • SuperiorBeing

    LOL sorry nintendo, you arent fooling anyone.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    The brunt of Nintendo handheld owners will abandon it for the Switch for it simply being newer or graphically better. The developers will likely slowly pull away to regain that audience before really moving once Nintendo gets the bugs hammered out and there’s proper battery life because that’ll cause another large crowd moving away from the 3DS. Expect a butt load of cheap 3DS systems at Good Wills within a year or two.

  • InquisitiveRavenclaw

    Congrats! There’s a lot of great titles out for it, both big and small/indie. Let me know if you need any recommendations!

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Their consumer base is too fickle when it comes to keeping older hardware when newer comes out so it wouldn’t really work out even if they were gonna go through with it.

  • Mechonis

    Here comes the N3DS only line up

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    Except nobody is abandoning it. Take a glance at 3DS sales, scratch your head and dismiss facts as everyone seems to do with this retarded narrative based on nothing, that 3DS is ever going away.

    Year upon year upon year they keep saying “We are not killing the 3DS” and then continue to make tons of games and ports for it, while idiots keep regurgitating the same fucking “muh gba tho, they’re just sayin that, nogaemz by the end of the year!!” argument. Give me a fucking BREAK.

    Every year people say “OK IT’S DEAD” and then it isn’t. And it’s even funnier because of how frequently Nintendo keeps OFFICIALLY STATING the same stance over and over that 3DS and Switch are SEPARATE and will get SEPARATE software.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    if the 3DS sticks around and gets like a handful of third party games a year or some b list franchise like Kirby, then that’s fine. However, if Nintendo fully supports it with first party games, then they’re just going to be competing with themselves again like they did with the Wii U.

  • SLoWMoTIoN🥑

    The 3DS is a great rpg machine I hope we get more games before it dies out.

  • totenglocke

    Everyone is moving to the Switch. Nintendo already has a whopping two first party game for 3DS coming this year, and one of those was supposed to be out last fall. Third party developers are already moving to the Switch where the install base is growing and they’re not going to make two versions of their games. Then there the fact that people aren’t going to carry two handhelds with them and the dumbest thing you can do is to compete against yourself with multiple products in the same category.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Alliance Alive, Dragon Quest 11, Radiant Historia, and some others are on the way, so its looking at a good year for JRPGs :)

  • totenglocke

    Those sales weeks primarily driven by people (such as myself) buying a special edition to replace an existing system. They weren’t even close to all being new users. Nintendo did that on purpose by releasing like a dozen special editions in six months.

  • Jimmy Boy

    No, they won’t, the biggest selling game on it is about to move to Switch this year (or next), and that will essentially kill it as Game Freak already confirmed they’re done done with the 3DS, no more remakes, revisions or new games.

  • Jimmy Boy

    don’t expect anything from Nintendo, their 1st party releases in 2017 were all mobile and Switch, only 2nd and 3rd party companies put out games for it, and they’re not exactly highly rated good games.

  • totenglocke

    Third party support will stick around for a bit since most games were already pretty far along in production. However, with Switch already beating the Wii U lifetime sales in 10 months and will probably be in 18 million range by the time it hits a year old, third party devs will switch (ha!) over because that’s where the money is.

  • SLoWMoTIoN🥑

    Strange Journey

  • Jimmy Boy

    Alliance Alive already released in Japan, DQ 11 already released in Japan, Radiant Historia is a DS game, so yeah, where are all the JRPG’s in Japan? Nintendo hasn’t released any 1st party games in Japan since 2016! Despite what they say, they have moved on, the only thing that kept 3DS alive in 2017 were Pokemon and 3rd party releases.

  • Jimmy Boy

    let’s see how long they truly support it when their biggest selling franchise on it (Pokemon) moves to Switch.

  • Jimmy Boy

    The Switch doesn’t play Wii U games either. Both Wii U and 3DS games have been ported to it, and Pokemon, the largest selling franchise on 3DS is about to move to Switch, so yeah, it’s really going to survive without its highest selling series- in your dreams!

  • Jimmy Boy

    Install base is skewed, because too many people bought multiple devices for themselves. The software sales wouldn’t be going down (which their report showed) while hardware sales go up unless they’re continuing to sell revised systems to already current owners. That’s the problem they’re selling less and less games on it every year proving that their install base is WAY less than 70 million (probably closer to 40 million), and continuing to shrink as the Switch eats it away. Pokemon supported 3DS, and it’s about to move to Switch, so how is it going to sell without Pokemon?

  • Baron Krause

    This is fine, as long as they dont do anything stupid like create new exclusive titles not on the switch for it unless it really REALLY needs the second screen (having the map or inventory or some other non necessary gimmick displayed there doesn’t count).

    Supporting it is fine, its inexpensive and durable which makes it kids backpack friendly, it definitely has its niche. But continuing to release titles on it that aren’t available on the switch would just be freaking stupid.

  • Jimmy Boy

    look again, they’re 2nd party actually, Nintendo had zero 1st party releases on 3DS in 2017, and will have zero again in 2018, they’re all 2nd party releases, meaning their own internal support has been moved to Switch and mobile.

  • Bitterbear

    You know that means they’re going to kill the platform by the end of this year.

  • Jimmy Boy

    They already have, even Game Freak who has the highest selling series of games on it said they’re done with it- Pokemon is coming to Switch, remember? Nintendo has already begun to phase out 3DS, there are apps that have been shutdown on it, the handwriting is on the wall it’s in the final year, but Kimishima doesn’t want to say that, otherwise the thing will be an instant death, but Pokemon moving to Switch shows that it’s going to die soon, VERY soon!

  • Syndromic

    Personally I’m not too keen on 1st party titles. Never that big fan of Mario and Zelda games. It’s ok with me even if they don’t release anything. I’m more into Shin Megami Tensei titles.

  • Jimmy Boy
  • Jimmy Boy

    that’s it, because here’s the irony, everyone and their brother points to hardware sales, but business looks at software sales. The 3DS has LOWER, WAY WAY LOWER software sales for fiscal 2017 than any year, except their first. This is problematic, because if new games are coming out, and if the user base is expanding, there shouldn’t be DROPPING software sales. They’re going to sell 35 million games this year which sounds like a lot, but they sold 55 million in fiscal 2016, over 40 million in fiscal 2015, and the last time they only sold 35 million was fiscal 2011 the year this thing has as its first full year when only like 100 (or less) games existed on it! Dropping software sales shows that the user base is shrinking despite hardware sales not, what’s ignored is that they had 3 (or more, I lost track) special edition systems gobbled up by collectors, on top of another hardware revision. Without those, the hardware sales would have crumbled.

  • Jimmy Boy

    Look at 2017, there were zero 1st party releases, they were all 2nd party like Kirby, Pokemon, etc, Nintendo has moved on, and they’re all “B” franchises, because even Game Freak is moving Pokemon to Switch, an indicator what they think is the successor to 3DS.

  • Jimmy Boy

    most already are. Capcom and others are now coming out with their franchises on Switch which used to be 3DS exclusives, and even Game Freak said they’re done with the 3DS.

  • Jimmy Boy

    doubtful, if they haven’t already in 4 years, they won’t. Even Game Freak is moving Pokemon, the highest selling franchise on the system to Switch.

  • Jimmy Boy

    well, if you look at some of these comments, quite a bit are taking it as truth, but you and I see the truth, this is shareholder BS talk from Kimishima, because he knows Pokemon supported 3DS, and without it, it’s a dead system, and he knows what is about to move to Switch soon! LOL

  • ProfessorFluffy

    People like to think their opinion is the only one that matters when it comes to a console’s lifespan, but when a lot of developers for handhelds are in Japan, it’s mainly the Japanese market that matters to them whether new games release for those systems and not western opinions. The only developers that will move on right away are the bigger ones who care about the global market and chase after millions of sales. The companies who aim for 20,000-30,000 local sales will stick around for a while.

    It’s pretty much going to be the same thing that has been going on with the Vita I imagine. Every time a new game is announced for it they will claim it’s pointless because the system is dead. When a game on the system gets ported to another system they’ll respond “Ha ha the system is dead because it’s losing exclusives!” Finally, years down the line when the system stops getting any games (which they’re still waiting for with the Vita), they’ll claim they were always right and move on to damn another console.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    There were 1st party games in 2017 for 3DS though.

  • orbo

    They ain’t fooling anyone.
    It’s getting hardly any games now and nobody is stupid enough to make a 3ds exclusive when they could just release it on the switch which is selling like bonkers.
    GF is done making pokemon games for it too, they’ve moved on to the switch and even the last pokemon game they released on the 3ds is USUM, a lazy update to SM.

  • Larverto

    What about Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon? Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia? Metroid: Samus Returns?

  • perfectsword

    A hardware upgrade would be perfect. 3DS2 anyone?

  • CRES

    That’s what it sounds like.

    Unlike the “upgraded” New 3DS, I’m suspecting a brand new DS system to be announced at some point this year. POSSIBLY with that rumored Link’s Awakening remake as one of it’s launch titles: http://nichegamer.com/2018/01/18/rumor-legend-zelda-links-awakening-remake-planned-3ds/

  • CRES

    I’m puzzled as to why the Switch fanboys are treating this news as some sort of attack against the Switch. THE MARKET IS BIG ENOUGH FOR THE BOTH OF THEM!!

    Especially since they are targeting different demographics and, lets all be fair, the Switch isn’t the best “portable” system ever made. Most of the games run worse in portable mode, and some games require an additional download even when you buy the physical copy. It seems like most of the appeal of the system just boils down to “Now you can play “[INSERT ALREADY RELEASED AAA TITLE HERE]” on the GO!” while the 3DS can offer completely different gaming experiences that, thanks to the demise of the Wii U, you can’t get anywhere else.

    But no, apparently the 3DS must die in order for the Switch to complete it’s training and rule the galaxy.

  • Nintendo is retarded to keep the shitty 3ds alive.

  • Why the hell would you buy a 3ds now that the switch is out?

  • sanic

    They said something like this when the ds came out in regards to the gameboy, Expand the Nintendo select series and maybe this can go on another couple years.

  • Le Viet Bach

    I don’t even have any Nintendo games on 3DS except for Fire Emblem

  • Le Viet Bach

    I don’t even have any Nintendo games on 3DS

  • alterku

    The amount of third party support in the form of quality games determines the success/failure of a console. Just like how Sony wrote off the Vita but it still gets a respectable amount of third party support from niche games and companies. The 3DS is entering this space too.

  • alterku

    Said far better than I could have. Everyone says the Vita is dead just because Sony wrote it off, but a lot of games are developed for or release there first before being ported elsewhere. I’d like to see more 3DS games get the port treatment too down the line.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    They also told people to keep their expectations tempered for Pokemon Switch lol

    Game Freak are too incompetent to make Switch AND 3DS games at the same time. I imagine it must be agony for them having to work with HD software. Sun/Moon are horribly coded, lag constantly, and can’t even have the full dex. This switch game will be their first HD game ever. That’s why they aren’t making any more for 3DS. they’re literally not that capable.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    The point is that people have predicted the death of 3DS for like, 3-4 years in a row now only to scratch their heads and disperse when Nintendo keeps announcing more 3DS games and models of 3DS.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    okay see you in january 2019 when we have this discussion yet again

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Well there isn’t much reason not to. This isn’t just shareholder talk, no BS, you just need to use a bit of deductive reasoning. Notice he only said “develop new software”? He never promised anything big, if you jump to conclusion and assume otherwise you indeed are a fool.

    This isn’t anything new or unusual, every system gets relegated to the budget option for a year or two before officially being discontinued and declared legacy hardware.

    Some last a surprising amount of time, heck the PSP wasn’t fully discontinued until 2014. PS3 lasted until 2017. Much of that support was of course Japan.

  • SuperiorBeing

    i mean come on, we dont really need to think that hard about it…. the next gen pokemon game isnt even going to be on the 3ds… ITS GOING TO BE ON THE SWITCH! lol

    that alone is all i need to say.

  • iswear12

    Too many remakes imo.
    I’m pretty damn content with my 3DS but I wish it had more original content in terms of JRPGs.

  • iswear12

    It has an established library. The Switch has yet to have one. (no, 5 good games that are original and several ports of some popular Wii U games does not count as a library, people)

  • iswear12

    The problem is that people aren’t interested in the old shit anymore. The 3DS has been around for 6 years now? People get tired of that after a while and they just want something new.
    The market technically is big enough for both of them because they’re entirely different markets. The Switch is more advertised towards the console market, but the problem is that the 3DS market is starting to stagnate simply because of its age. They’ve already achieved market penetration but people after a while just get tired and want some new tech. If they release a new, *actual* handheld, that’d be nice. If it had backwards compatibility with the 3DS, I’m willing to bet a lot of people would straight up move towards that new handheld just to see what sort of games it gets.

  • CRES

    That’s what I’m guessing Nintendo is going to do. I mean, they are putting so much effort into keeping the 3DS alive that it is ludicous to think that they will just immediately drop it by the end of the year. Seriously, if they release a brand new DS system with fully upgrade hardware and resolution and launch it with a new Zelda game and full backwards compatibility with the 3DS (including data transfer). That would sell like hotcakes

    (Assuming correct pricing and a healthy launch line-up)