There’s a lot of excitement in the air since Nintendo finally lifted the lid on the Switch late last week. The new console is being touted as a hybrid sitting somewhere between the home console and portable space. This has excited me for a number of reasons, but I’m also seeing a lot of people with the idea that Nintendo should continue down the portable path, and either continue with them heavily supporting the 3DS or creating a fully-fledged successor.
We know that Nintendo will release Pokemon Moon/Sun, Super Mario Maker 3DS, Yoshi’s Wooly World 3DS and Pikmin 3DS sometime in the next 6 months, but it’s clear that this is Nintendo’s last 3DS rush before the Nintendo Switch releases. I honestly think that you’d be crazy to believe that Nintendo will heavily support the system past these titles.
Yes, the Nintendo 3DS has sold 60 million units worldwide, but it will be six years old by the time the Switch releases in March and let’s be real, the 3DS is largely the exact same concept of the Nintendo DS which released over 12 years ago. The dual screen concept has been fantastic for Nintendo’s lineup of games, utilising the hardware to great effect, but it has been done to absolute death. Not only should Nintendo put everything into the Switch just to make sure the thing is a success, it honestly feels like they’ve just simply run out of ideas for the 3DS at this point.