Nintendo Plans To Continue Making 3DS Games

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Nintendo plans to continue making 3DS games according to a new interview with Head of Marketing Doug Bowser. Paste Magazine recently spoke with Mr. Bowser and he says that Nintendo thinks Switch & Nintendo 3DS can co-exist. He cites the system’s large install base and that it provides a different type of gameplay since it has two screens built into the unit whereas Switch just has the one. Here’s a couple quotes from the interview explaining these things:

“The Switch is off to a great start. We’ve seen people engaging the Switch in a number of different ways, and we’ve been given some raw data that I won’t get into, but across the spectrum, some never take it out of its cradle, others use it as a portable device, but a lot of people are right in the middle, with a balance between home and portable play. We absolutely believe there’s still a future in handheld, and so we’re investing in it. Couple things: you got an install global base of about 66 million units [for the 3DS]. We’re in the seventh year of the cycle. And we’re going to actually install another 6 million units this year. So that userbase will grow by 10% this year. We have a catalog of a thousand games. We’re launching the 2DS XL, which takes the best of the 2DS and the best of the XL, and brings it together for that user that doesn’t want a 3DS experience, but wants a sleeker clamshell based model. And it delivers that for $149. So, we’re still investing in hardware. And with the announcements you’ve seen this week, we’re obviously still investing in software too.”

“It’s continuing. Here’s the thing. The 3DS provides a different form of gameplay. We still have a two-screen model that the developers are building for. For example, with the Samus game, they’ll have the map on the bottom and the beautiful gameplay up top, so it’s a really neat opportunity to engage in a different style of gameplay, it can be in parallel with the Switch. They can both survive together.”

For more of Paste’s interview with Doug Bowser, check out their website here.

Source: GoNintendo, Nintendo Everything, & Paste Magazine

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