The Nintendo Switch Lite seems like the perfect successor to the 3DS line of systems. It’s a dedicated handheld and it’s more affordable than the original Switch hardware. Despite this, Nintendo has no plans to drop support for its existing handheld device just yet.
During an interview with The Verge, shortly after the Switch Lite was revealed to the world, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser reiterated how the company would continue to support the 3DS line, as long as there was consumer demand:
“We’ll continue to support our 3DS family of systems as long as there is demand.”
Doug made a similar comment around the time of E3 2019 when he was speaking to TIME. During this particular interview, he explained how the 3DS was still a “great entry point” for younger players:
“our 3DS business continues to do quite well. Retailers continue to support both the hardware and the software. And as long as there’s consumer demand for 3DS, we’ll continue to support it. In fact, we believe it’s a great entry point for young gamers. A 2DS at $79 with a game included is a great value proposition for a young gamer coming into the Nintendo ecosystem.”
In a separate interview with the team from GameXplain during E3 2019, Nintendo’s Bill Trinen said the 3DS was “still an important device” for the company.
What are your thoughts about Doug’s comment? Do you think the 3DS line can remain relevant alongside the Nintendo Switch family? Is the announcement of the Switch Lite the final nail in the coffin for the 3DS? Leave a comment below.