Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime is extremely confident that the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo Switch will be living side-by-side for quite some time. Fils-Aime also said that the ageing handheld will continue to get key titles developed for it by Nintendo. You can read his full opinions on the matter in the quote below:
What does the launch of Switch mean for 3DS?
Fils-Aime: 3DS has a long life in front of it. We’ve already announced games that will be launching in the first couple quarters of this year. There are a number of big games coming. And in our view, the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo Switch are going to live side-by-side. You’re going to be meeting different price points, you’re going to be meeting different types of consumers, you’re going to have the newest, freshest content available on Nintendo Switch, you’ve got a thousand-game library available on Nintendo 3DS, plus some key new ones coming. They’re going to coexist just fine. We’ve done this before, managing two different systems.
I think there’s a sense that Nintendo Switch is a portable device. It is portable. But at its heart, it’s a home console that you can take with you on the go.