We know that Nintendo had previously stated that the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS would be existing side-by-side. This is because while the Switch can double up as a portable console, Nintendo sees it as a home console first and foremost. That being said, Nintendo’s President Tatsumi Kimishima revealed the company’s plans for the 3DS moving forward.
In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Kimishima was asked if the company would discontinue the 3DS in which he replied, “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.”
This echoes what Nintendo of America’s President Reggie Fils-Aime said in the previous interview with WIRED where he was quoted as saying, “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.”
Basically it sounds like the 3DS is here to stay, which is actually a good choice by Nintendo considering that in terms of portable gaming consoles, they pretty much have the market cornered.