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Nintendo to Continue 3DS Business Alongside Switch

Nintendo to Continue 3DS Business Alongside Switch - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 February 2018 / 2,258 Views

Nintendo president and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima announced during the companies financial results briefing announced Nintendo plans to continue its 3DS business alongside the Switch.

"The Nintendo 3DS characteristics, price points, and play styles differ from Nintendo Switch, and we intend to continue the Nintendo 3DS business separately and in parallel," said Kimishima. "We will continue to use its installed base and rich software library in our business."


"A multitude of titles across a wide variety of genres have been released for Nintendo 3DS, creating one of the strongest lineups ever," he added. "We are, of course, continuing to develop new software, but we believe it is important to leverage the rich library of Nintendo 3DS series titles to drive sales with Nintendo 3DS owners, as well as consumers who recently purchased Nintendo 3DS hardware.

"The affordability of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems places it in a critical position as the first dedicated video game platform for children who have no prior experience with dedicated video game systems. It is also positioned as an affordable product for budget-conscious consumers. We will continue working to promote Nintendo 3DS to these consumers."


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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6 Comments

zippy (on 01 February 2018)

I hope Switch has a long life like the trusty 3DS


Medisti (on 01 February 2018)

3 million last quarter. Give it a price drop and it'll likely go another year no problem.


ZS (on 01 February 2018)

It's good to have a cheaper alternative to the switch, if Nintendo can give it a price drop and continue pumping out games 80m will be reached before it dies out.


Nem (on 01 February 2018)

It's a smart move. The switch is not a good device for young children, but the 3DS is perfect.


Ganoncrotch (on 01 February 2018)

I've seen a switch dropped 1000ft and survive... had a triforce cut through it with a water saw, why is it not good for children?


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PortisheadBiscuit (on 01 February 2018)

Both devices are good for kids, 3DS/2DS is just good for cheap parents ;-)


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Nem (on 03 February 2018)

It's not just dropped, it's actively broken. Especially those tiny controllers. Young kids break things. Its what they did. I bought a 2DS over a switch for my niece because of that. The switch wouldn't last 2 months in her hand.


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Ganoncrotch (on 03 February 2018)

she's equally going to break the 2ds then, it will just cost you less money when it happens, I'm not sure I get your point.


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Nem (on 04 February 2018)

The 2DS is made specifically for children. It won't break. Theres no click portions, theres no big screens, theres no small portions. Sorry, but i just disagree with you.


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Ganoncrotch (on 04 February 2018)

I've seen several wiiu gamepads destroyed by kids by doing everything from standing on them to pouring custard into the unit, the 2ds/switch anything is not immune to this sort of punishment, the only difference is that the 2ds hurts the bank balance less when it happens, nothing to do with the machine itself.


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Ganoncrotch (on 04 February 2018)

as for the 2ds not being a big screen... you know the internal design of it? that is just one huge screen with a frame over it? They didn't go for separate small screens if a kid decides to damage it, that is actually the largest screen of the entire 3ds family to damage. Google 2ds screen replacements and check the images if you want to see what I mean.


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PortisheadBiscuit (on 04 February 2018)

Pretty sure the 2DS is more durable considering there are less moving parts. Less parts, less to go wrong


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Ganoncrotch (on 04 February 2018)

moving parts or not, pouring custard on either and their toast... or at least some form of edible object rather than a games machine anymore :D


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Nem (on 04 February 2018)

Dude, if you can't see that the switch is way more frail than the 2DS, i dunno what to tell you. It is completely clear. We can only disagree.


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Ganoncrotch (on 04 February 2018)

I think you're missing what I'm saying though, there is literally videos of the switch being dropped from 1000ft and surviving, the sort of things a kid will do to break a system such as pouring custard on it, will end either machine. the only difference is that one will leave you down under 100e and the other around 3-4x that much.

I would almost argue that because of the Switches ability to sustain damage to different portions of it, then something like a child dropping it would be less damaging to the whole system, say a 2ds goes off the ground, smashes the L/R corner of the console, it's effectively done for, you can no longer use that system to play all of the games.... you can take a switch and destroy one of the Joycons in a drop... replace it for 40e and the system is perfect again, or worst case scenario something goes through the screen... consoles done right? or you put it in a dock and you just have it now without the portability feature but it's still perfectly playable, a 2ds with a damaged screen again goes into the bin.


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Ganoncrotch (on 05 February 2018)

this chain went on way too long though! you are correct in some aspects though the main one being it's perfectly fine some times to just disagree, I wasn't trying to "win you over" to agree with me, just explaining why I thought the way I did, sorry if it came off like I was trying to say your point of view was not also correct in ways!


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Nem (on 06 February 2018)

Don't worry. I just have a different opinion wich i thought was clear to everyone, but you obviously disagree with, and i don't think i can change your mind. In these situations it's just best to agree to disagree rather than keep repeating ourselves. :)


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PortisheadBiscuit (on 01 February 2018)

It must cost them pennies to produce the hardware at this point, might be making a nice chunk of change even if the software isn't selling as well as they'd want.


garretslarrity (on 01 February 2018)

Translation: Milk the cash cow.


PortisheadBiscuit (on 01 February 2018)

Can't say I blame them ;)


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Xen (on 01 February 2018)

Hell yeah.


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Ganoncrotch (on 01 February 2018)

considering the first really rough years of the 3DS it took Nintendo a hell of a lot of work to transform that system into a cash cow... it was very nearly road kill on arrival.

They deserve to reap the benefits of their work now.


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garretslarrity (on 01 February 2018)

By all means it's a legitimate strategy, and I agree that they should pursue it.


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