Will 2018 Be The Last Year for Nintendo 3DS?

Musings of a Mario Minion

It’s the question on everyone’s minds at Nintendo pulls down its banners and starts heading home after E3 2018, is this it for 3DS? While Reggie has been adamant from Switch’s Day One that he will continue to support the 3DS throughout Switch’s lifetime, this year’s gaming expo certainly didn’t hold true to his promises. It might be time to start retiring the dual screen life we’ve all become accustomed to. That being said, there’s still plenty of life left in the pocket-sized console.

Switch 3DS

The Promise… and The Reality Of Its Basis

Home Console or Handheld?

Nintendo have publically stated, on a number of occasions, that they won’t be forgetting the 3DS in the wake of the Switch. In an interview with IGN, Reggie Fils-Aime announced that:

“We’re going to continue to bring new content [to 3DS], and that’s what’s going to keep this device vibrant and keep it going…

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  1. If they’re really coexisting, then why were 3DS sales DOWN nearly 70% year-on-year for Nintendo’s recent quarterly report? The Switch was also DOWN, and I know 100% why. It’s because there are 2 Nintendo handhelds competing with each other. The 3DS isn’t functioning as this “gateway” to Switch, it’s competing with it, because people aren’t going to buy 2 Nintendo handhelds, and play them equally, they’re going to choose one or the other, that’s why they’re both DOWN on the quarterly report.


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