The Nintendo Switch is a smash hit — but a top Nintendo exec says it’s not giving up on the 3DS (NTDOY)
The Nintendo 3DS portable console was a no-show at Nintendo’s E3 presentation this week.
However, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime tells Bloomberg that the 3DS business is actually on an uptick, and the company plans to support it alongside its newer Nintendo Switch.
He says that the 3DS is intended for kids and younger gamers — it’s cheaper, and offers titles from almost every major Nintendo franchise.
Regardless, it’s pretty clear that Nintendo is placing its future bets on the smash-hit Switch.
Like the rest of the world, I’m insanely hyped for “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” which was officially unveiled by Nintendo at this week’s E3 video game event. Still, I couldn’t help but notice that in the “Smash” hype, one thing was missing from Nintendo’s big presentation: Any mention, whatsoever, of the Nintendo 3DS.
First released in 2011, the Nintendo 3DS is the modern successor to the company’s long legacy of handheld consoles, dating back to the original Game Boy. However, because the smash-hit Nintendo Switch console can be detached from a TV for on-the-go play, it’s left the future of the 3DS in doubt – a doubt accentuated by its no-show at E3.
Not to worry, though, as Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime told Bloomberg on Wednesday. He says that the Nintendo 3DS business is up 10% in America, a figure that includes the budget-focused Nintendo 2DS product line.
“So the Switch is not all on its own. It’s getting some very strong support by a dedicated handheld business here in the Americas. And for us we want to continue driving both of those platforms,” Fils-Aime told Bloomberg.
His stance is that the “2DS and 3DS are for kids and families to get engaged for the first time potentially in video games,” while the Nintendo Switch is “where …read more
Source:: Business Insider