Fans of the handheld Nintendo device best known as the 3DS will see support for the portable system this Holiday season as well as into the year 2020. Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser offered insight on the device’s lifespan and doesn’t see it dying out anytime soon.
According to company president Tatsumi Kimishima, it was said during last year’s Nintendo financial results briefing that the 3DS will see support after 2019 and beyond as per nintendo.co.jp.
We know this when Kimishima noted that…
“We will continue the Nintendo 3DS business by leveraging its installed base and rich software library. We believe it is important to leverage the rich library of Nintendo 3DS series titles to drive sales with existing Nintendo 3DS owners as well as with consumers who recently purchased the Nintendo 3DS hardware, and are investigating strategies for doing so.”
Kimishima continued on and said:
“In addition to the titles currently on sale, we have announced the coming release of the titles shown here. We are even preparing new software for release in 2019 and beyond. Our plan is to continue maintaining this business by taking advantage of new titles like these.”
Thanks to website gamingbolt.com, we learn that Nintendo still sees an entire quarter and year to come out of said lineup matching Kimishima’s revelation last year.
Bowser (not to get confused with a certain plumber’s nemesis) had this to say in a recent interview that Gaming Bolt has highlighted on its site:
“We continue to look at the 3DS family, both hardware and games, as a strong entry point for some consumers, and we’re seeing that. As long as consumer demand is there, we’ll continue to provide both hardware and software on the front.”
Although today isn’t the end of the 3DS, Bowser says that support will run for an entire year and then from there time will tell:
“We’re certainly not going to say it today. I think time will tell. We will continue to support 3DS this holiday and into 2020.”
As a summary, later this year and moving into 2020, the 3DS will still see support from Nintendo despite the device having launched way back in 2011. I should also mention that this applies to the portable system’s family of devices, which means the 2DS and others aren’t a thing of the past.