Though there was plenty to be excited about during Nintendo’s presentation at E3 this year, the lineup focused exclusively on the Nintendo Switch, ignoring the aging 3DS and the company’s burgeoning mobile offerings. Indeed, it’s been assumed for a while now that the 3DS is on its way out, but Nintendo has been adamant that it’ll be keeping the portable on life support for a few more years at least as a cheaper alternative to the Switch. It was telling that there were no 3DS games in the presentation, then, but Reggie Fils-Aime has been keen to point out that production has not been halted.
In an interview with IGN, Reggie revealed that there are more games coming to the 3DS, with some announcements on the way in the next few months. Here’s what he had to say:
We’re going to continue [focusing on the 3DS], we’re going to continue to have some new games on that platform. We’re going to announce [them], and we will over the next number of months, but it’s going to continue to be a vibrant piece of our overall business, certainly here in the Americas.
As for Mario Kart Tour, the game is still in active development; it seems that Nintendo simply didn’t think that E3 was the right venue to announce more about the game. Here’s what was said:
Depending on the game, E3 could or could not be a place to shed light on mobile activity. In the case of Mario Kart Tour, we made the decision that there’s going to be another opportunity to shed more light on that app, especially shedding light when it’s closer to its launch. We continue to be on track to launch it in this current fiscal year for Nintendo.
What do you think? What could Nintendo be working on for the 3DS? What do you think Mario Kart Tour will be like? Share your thoughts in the comments below.