Although the 3DS appears to be on its last legs following the recent launch of Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, it still managed to get some spotlight at this year’s E3 when Limited Run announced the Atooi Collection, featuring five games in one physical release
While it’s clear third-party publishers are still releasing games for the system, what’s Nintendo’s current feelings about the device and what exactly is the fate of the system? TIME asked Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser this question in a recent phone while he was on the show floor of E3 2019. Here’s what he had to say:
“At this point, we have no games to announce on 3DS at this show, and in fact we’re not really showing 3DS content here, because it is all about Nintendo Switch.
“But our 3DS business continues to do quite well. Retailers continue to support both the hardware and the software. And as long as there’s consumer demand for 3DS, we’ll continue to support it. In fact, we believe it’s a great entry point for young gamers. A 2DS at $79 with a game included is a great value proposition for a young gamer coming into the Nintendo ecosystem.”
So, at this point in the life of the 3DS, the device is still doing “quite well” and the consumer demand is there for both hardware and software, but there are no games to announce for the system.
During an interview with the team from GameXplain, Bill Trinen was also queried about the future of Nintendo’s 3D handheld system. Here’s what he had to say:
“At E3 this year, our focus very much is Switch…partly it’s just when you look at the sheer amount of content that’s coming to Nintendo Switch even in just the next three to four months, we had a lot of content to cover, we filled basically a 45-minute Direct, with what I think is a pretty strong line-up of Switch games.
“I don’t know if the 3DS would have driven as much excitement for that. Obviously, it’s still on sale, it’s still available in stores, it’s still an important device for us, but we don’t have any plans right now to announce any additional games for it, at the moment.”
The two responses are surprisingly similar, with both Bowser and Trinen making it clear that Nintendo has no additional games to announce for the system at this point in time.
Do you think Nintendo’s finally done with the 3DS? What about third-party support, do you think it will continue on? Have you bought any digital or physical 3DS games recently? Share your thoughts below.