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.”

Brandon Orselli


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