There can be no denying it, Nintendo have killed the Wii U and are ready to put it out of its misery, but what about the 3DS?
No matter here I go, or who I talk to, gamers the world over are of the opinion that the 3DS is also dead and going the same way as the Wii U, but it’s simply not true. While a successor is “rumoured” to be revealed later on this year and “release” sometime in 2018/2019, the 3DS does have a number of big games lined up for release this year and there is even a rumoured Zelda title as well, so Nintendo are in no hurry to end it just yet. In fact Nintendo America President, Reggie Fils-Aimé even stated as such, during an interview with Wired:
“3DS has a long life in front of it. We’ve already announced games that will be launching in the first couple quarters of this year. There are a number of big games coming. And in our view, the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo Switch are going to live side-by-side. You’re going to be meeting different price points, you’re going to be meeting different types of consumers, you’re going to have the newest, freshest content available on Nintendo Switch, you’ve got a thousand-game library available on Nintendo 3DS, plus some key new ones coming. They’re going to coexist just fine. We’ve done this before, managing two different systems.
I think there’s a sense that Nintendo Switch is a portable device. It is portable. But at its heart, it’s a home console that you can take with you on the go.”
So there you have it naysayers, the 3DS is here to stay, for at least another year or two, so there is no hurry abandon it in favour of the Nintendo Switch any time soon.