With the Nintendo Switch’s focus on portability, there’ve been some concerns that Nintendo plans to shelve the 3DS and focus exclusively on the Switch. Fortunately, according to a fiscal briefing on Nintendo’s website, the company plans to bring more titles to the handheld system.
The briefing clocks in at 22 pages long. You can read it here if that’s your cup of tea. The part relating to the 3DS is on page seven, and it states that Nintendo “will continue to introduce new titles that players can enjoy for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems”. Nintendo acknowledges the rumours of the Switch replacing the 3DS, and they explain in the briefing that the “3DS has unique characteristics that differ from those of Nintendo Switch”. They don’t see the two systems as competitors, because of the different price points and experiences offered.
The briefing reveals some interesting information about the 3DS family. For one, Nintendo attributes a massive Q3 2016 spike in 3DS sales to Pokémon Sun and Moon, and they further acknowledge the popularity of Pokémon GO as a major influence. The latest Pokémon titles saw growth among gamers in their 20s and 30s, many of whom were complete newcomers to the 3DS. Also, more women and children are using the platform, and Nintendo 2DS units make up a larger share of the sales.
All in all, Nintendo sees the value and the strengths of their dedicated handheld platform, and it’s clear that the 3DS isn’t out of juice yet.
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