Today, Nintendo President Kimishima, imparted information regarding the future relationship of the Nintendo Switch and 3DS. You can read the entire transcript for the presentation here, but here are a couple highlights.
As for the future of the Nintendo 3DS business, Nintendo 3DS family hardware has continued to spread through our markets, reaching sales of 62 million units worldwide. Our efforts will focus on the opportunities to take advantage of this installbase.
We will continue to introduce new titles that players can enjoy for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
We have heard speculation that Nintendo Switch will replace the Nintendo 3DS, as both are game systems that can be played outside the home, but Nintendo 3DS has unique characteristics that differ from those of Nintendo Switch. Furthermore, the price points and play experiences offered by the two systems are different and we do not see them as being in direct competition.
We plan to continue both businesses separately and in parallel.
This slide shows the major announced games for Nintendo 3DS that have been recently released or that are announced for release later this year in our markets. We will have several follow-up titles from popular franchises on Nintendo 3DS and we are developing many other unannounced titles to continue to enrich the software lineup going forward.
Essentially, a major thing to take away from this is Kimishima's promise that there will be many incoming titles for the 3DS, many of which from "popular franchises." This statement explains that Nintendo is not yet done with producing titles for the 3DS, and will be continuing to support the handheld even after the Switch's launch. We touched on this topic in a recent Talking Point, and it seems as though we were right in assuming that the 3DS won't be retired anytime soon.
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