The release of the Nintendo Switch in 2017 has had many wondering for some time what would be the fate of the Nintendo 3DS. Although the 3DS has remained a popular system, it is nearly eight years old. The Switch also boasts easy portability, a huge part of the 3DS’s appeal.
However, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa says that the system has a “prominent position as the product that can be served as the first contact between Nintendo and many of its consumers, and for this reason we will keep the business going.” Essentially, the 3DS family is still selling well and appears to act as the gateway system to Nintendo’s hardware and software.
Furukawa cited both the cheap(er) price of the 3DS family systems and their extensive library as reasons why the 3DS has remained successful for nearly eight years straight. There is also the assurance that a consumer will not only be able to try tons of new titles at their digression but that there will always be the old favorites like Mario or Legend of Zelda returning to the scene with new installments.
It will be interesting to see how the 3DS evolves in its eighth year, and years beyond, though other than a general promise of continued production, no specifics about Nintendo’s plans for the console’s future were discussed.