Gamasutra is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
September 21, 2019
arrowPress Releases







If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:


Nintendo: The 3DS isn't about to be replaced by the Switch Lite

Nintendo: The 3DS isn't about to be replaced by the Switch Lite

July 10, 2019 | By Chris Kerr




Nintendo just unveiled the Switch Lite, a more compact version of its flagship Switch that also happens to be a dedicated handheld. 

It's an announcement that has many wondering what the company has planned for the enduring 3DS. Does the arrival of a handheld-only Switch mean the flippable handheld is finally being laid to rest? Well, according to Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser, not exactly. 

Speaking to the Verge, Bowser explained Nintendo will "continue to support" its 3DS family of systems as long as there is demand. While that might sound like the 3DS has been given a reprieve for the time being, it's worth pointing out that sales of 3DS systems have been dwindling significantly for some time. 

Since launching back in February 2011, lifetime 3DS sales have topped 75 million units worldwide. The line of handhelds is now over eight years old, however, and sold just 2.55 million units during the past fiscal year -- which is actually around 1.5 million less than Nintendo had initially anticipated.

Despite its continued insistence that the 3DS is still part of its plans, Nintendo also failed to announce anything new for the system during this year's E3 Direct.

To those on the outside then, it might seem like the 3DS' days are finally up, but Nintendo clearly isn't willing to officially call time on the handheld just yet.



Related Jobs

Insomniac Games
Insomniac Games — Burbank, California, United States
[09.20.19]

Lead Environment Artist
HB Studios
HB Studios — Lunenburg/Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
[09.20.19]

Experienced Software Engineer
University of Exeter
University of Exeter — Exeter, England, United Kingdom
[09.20.19]

Serious Games Developer
innogames
innogames — Hamburg, Germany
[09.20.19]

PHP Developer - Tribal Wars









Loading Comments

loader image