The Nintendo Switch may only be a few weeks away from launch but Nintendo’s dedicated handheld the Nintendo 3DS doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. The Telegraph recently had the chance to chat to Shinya Takahashi, Director at Nintendo, General Manager of Entertainment Planning and Development and Yoshiaki Koizumi, Deputy General Manager of Entertainment Planning and Development, about the system and how they’re planning to support the popular handheld device while the Switch is available.
You’ve mentioned the 3DS there. Will you continue to support the dedicated handheld given Switch could potentially replace it?
Certainly I think 3DS from a price perspective is quite a bit lower, and it’s a system we’ve released a very large library for. So I think from that perspective it’s a very good system for kids to have as their first system. We still see a lot of potential for 3DS in that area. And with that in mind we’re thinking of games to release for 3DS not just in 2017, but in 2018 as well. And the hope there also is that kids playing on 3DS will also shift over to Switch at some point in the future.