After the Switch launched last March and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, a lot of Nintendo fans believed that the company should focus all of its efforts exclusively on the new systems by getting rid of the 3DS. Despite these wishes from the fanbase, Nintendo has shown no interest in discontinuing the system, even going to the point of releasing a new model back in summer 2017: the New 2DS XL. Clearly, Nintendo wants to keep the 3DS around a little longer, even with the success of the Switch. But, for how long? President Kimishima elaborated on the situation during the Q&A session of Nintendo’s March Financial Briefing.
The president believes that the 3DS and Switch can coexist and also confirmed that Nintendo will continue selling the 3DS “as long as there’s a demand”. He also mentioned that 3DS hardware sales numbers during the last fiscal year (April 2017 – March 2018) matched the company’s expectations.
Here’s Kimishima’s full comment on the matter:
Consumers purchased Nintendo 3DS systems in numbers we expected last fiscal year. It has
an ample software lineup at a price point that makes the system affordable especially for
parents looking to buy for their kids. We expect that demand to continue during this fiscal year
as well, so we will continue to sell the product.
Given that Nintendo Switch is a home gaming system that can be taken on the go, this
situation may change if it grows from being a one-per-household system to a one-per-person
system. But the price of Nintendo Switch is not something with which most parents would buy a
system for every one of their children in a short period of time. Moving forward, we will work to
ascertain what kinds of play people want at which price points, and as long as there is such
demand, we will continue to sell the Nintendo 3DS system. I see the product coexisting with
Nintendo Switch at this point in time.