Nintendo says it still plans to support the Nintendo 3DS, though the little handheld was practically a no-show during E3 2019's Nintendo Direct presentation. Even Nintendo's higher-ups admit the 3DS wouldn't have generated much excitement during the Direct.
Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser and Senior Product Marketing Manager of Nintendo of America, Bill Trinen, gave separate statements about the state of the 3DS to Time and GameXplain respectively. Bowser says the 3DS isn't at E3 because "it is all about Nintendo Switch," and "at this point, we have no games to announce on 3DS at this show."
Trinen points out that the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct had a lot of ground to cover with the Switch alone. "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," he says. "We filled basically a 45-minute Direct, with what I think is a pretty strong line-up of Switch games."
Both Bowser and Trinen point out the 3DS is still selling quite well, even if Nintendo has no new games to announce for the handheld. "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," Bowser says. "In fact, we believe it's a great entry point for young gamers."
Kind of ironic, then, that one of the last big-name games released for the 3DS is the excellent and very M-rated Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth.
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