Since the arrival of the Switch, 3DS sales have begun to slow. While this beloved handheld system - first released in 2011 - is easily one of the best Nintendo has created, it has come to a point in its life where support is finally slowing down. A quick look at the scheduled 3DS releases for 2019 reveals slim pickings, with only a handful of games on the horizon.
In the same Nintendo financial briefing Q&A, which was recently translated, company president Shuntaro Furukawa was queried about the staying power of the 3DS and if there was a possibility it could continue to co-exist alongside the Switch.
Furukawa was quick to admit the market for the 3DS had contracted a lot faster than Nintendo had expected but said the system remained appealing because of its compact design and affordable price.
“While the Nintendo 3DS market has contracted faster than we anticipated, currently many of consumers who newly purchase Nintendo 3DS are consumers purchasing Nintendo 3DS as their first game system. Nintendo 3DS is appealing as a portable game system, that is easy to carry around since it is small and light, and at a very desirable price point.”
He then explained how the system was still a popular choice with parents of younger players and said it was for these reasons Nintendo would continue offering both the Switch and 3DS.
“Demand still remains from parents looking to purchase a first game system for their children. That is why our basic policy is to proceed with both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS in our dedicated video game platform business.”
As for the future of the Switch, the company aims to drive sales of one system per household and then increase demand to the point where each user wants their own device.
“Going forward, we aim to generate such demand among consumers as they feel like “I want to have my own Nintendo Switch console” through measures such as software offerings, not necessarily so that each person will have one, but so that each household will have multiple Nintendo Switch consoles.”
What are your thoughts about Nintendo continuing to sell the 3DS? Would you prefer the company focused all of its energy on the Switch? Are you still playing your older portable device on a regular basis? Tell us below.