Even with the Switch and the Switch Lite touting their portability and convenience, the Nintendo 3DS family of consoles are not completely dead yet.
Doug Bowser, president of Nintendo of America, spoke with The Verge about a number of things after the company's recent announcements for the holiday season.
“We continue to look at the 3DS family, both hardware and games, as a strong entry point for some consumers," Bowser told The Verge. "As long as consumer demand is there, we’ll continue to provide both hardware and software on that front.”
The 3DS, the successor to the original Nintendo DS, was released in 2011, with quite a bit of success. Aside from the obvious added 3D option, it included new games, and better versions of classics, such as the 3D remakes of both Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. In the eight years since, Nintendo has not released a different handheld console, aside from different versions of the 3DS, such as the 3DS XL, the New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL, and a 2D version, both in original and XL, which came without the 3D option, but kept the powerful software and design.
But with the release of the Switch, it was thought that handheld consoles in general would die out. The Switch was like a handheld after all, with the portability that handhelds offer, but with much more powerful hardware, and a massive, beautiful library of games, including the latest Mario and Zelda games--Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild.
The Switch has sold remarkably well, but the 3DS has continued to sell also. Like Bowser (the Nintendo of America president, not the Mario games antagonist) said, consumers are buying it. The 3DS system and games are cheaper than the Switch counterparts, and the 3DS is smaller. Handhelds are a bit more convenient to charge as well, and the 3DS is more comfortable to hold than the Switch in its travel position is.
So long as consumers keep requesting the 3DS and games for it, Nintendo will continue to make and support it.