Nintendo Says It Will Continue To Support 3DS Despite Switch Lite

Nintendo Says It Will Continue To Support 3DS Despite Switch Lite

So don't dump that 3DS XL just yet.

There may be a new sibling in the family, but Nintendo seems dead-set on not moving on from the 3DS. The handheld console will still be getting support from Nintendo, despite the now two handheld-capable consoles also being produced by the company.

Speaking to The Verge, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser says it isn't ending support for the 3D-focused handheld in light of the new Switch revision, the Nintendo Switch Lite, which was announced today.

"We'll continue to support our 3DS family of systems as long as there is demand," Bowser told The Verge.

Considering that Nintendo Switch sales still lag behind the DS and 3DS in regions like Japan, it stands to reason that the Nintendo 3DS still reaches a lot of folks. The company has reiterated a few times now that it remains committed to the platform and feels it can survive alongside the Switch, with Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima noting the difference between the two in a 2018 quarterly review.

"The Nintendo 3DS characteristics, price points, and play styles differ from Nintendo Switch," said Kimishima. "And we intend to continue the Nintendo 3DS business separately and in parallel."

So while production for some models has ended, it seems the support will still be there. I mean, in 2019 we've already had one Nintendo 3DS exclusive in Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth. It's clear development focus has now shifted to the Nintendo Switch for most parties, but I have a feeling I'll be keeping my 3DS around for a while. How else am I going to play Devil Survivor?

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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