Those wondering if their 3DS will be going obsolete in the near future can breath a sigh of relief. Nintendo has plans to support the handheld system in 2019 and beyond, according to the company's latest financial results briefing. Tatsumi Kimishima, Nintendo's president whom will be stepping down in June, said a few things in regards to the future of the 3DS.
Tatsumi Kimishima: "We will continue the Nintendo 3DS business by leveraging its installed base and rich software library. We believe it is important to leverage the rich library of Nintendo 3DS series titles to drive sales with existing Nintendo 3DS owners as well as with consumers who recently purchased the Nintendo 3DS hardware, and are investigating strategies for doing so.
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When the Nintendo Switch launched to massive sales, many wondered about the future of the 3DS. The Switch is not only a home console; it functions as a handheld one as well. You can dock it at home and play on your TV, or take it with you outside. Thus, it serves the 3DS's purpose as being Nintendo's handheld console. Does it make sense to continue supporting the 3DS? Those worried that the answer is "no" can be happy that Nintendo has plans for the console. Of most interesting note are the plans for "new software." Could we see a new Mario side-scroller, or perhaps another remake of an older game? Time will tell.
Meanwhile, there are already six 3DS games on the horizon. These games were announced at the Nintendo Direct in March, and were highlighted in the briefing. We have due this year: Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, WarioWare Gold, Luigi's Mansion, and due in 2019: Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey.
It is interesting to analyze these upcoming releases. Luigi's Mansion for 3DS is a port of the GameCube classic. Does this open the door to more remakes of GameCube games, like Super Mario Sunshine or Paper Mario: The Thousand Year-Door? Of course, Luigi's Mansion could be a one-off if the Switch has a Virtual Console library featuring GameCube games. (That is a big if however, because Nintendo has not confirmed what the Virtual Console will look like.) Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey is an expanded remake of the DS game. What's baffling is that Nintendo skipped Partners in Time; it was the sequel to Superstar Saga, which as we know got a remake last year. For some reason, Bowser's Inside Story was chosen for the remake treatment instead of Partners in Time.
Those whom missed Captain Toad on Wii U can look forward to it on the 3DS (also Switch), and those whom have enjoyed the WarioWare minigames should have something to look forward in WarioWare Gold. In comparison, Sushi Striker and Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers are smaller scale releases, but should prove to be fun. Clearly, the 3DS is still going strong. With over 70 million units sold as of March 31 according to Nintendo, the handheld console is still a competitive device. Players have some great things to look forward to.