Of the month Cheri Reilly asks, is the 3DS on its way out?
I’m writing in to ask what’s happening with the Nintendo 3DS, as I’ve noticed there aren’t really any decent games coming up for it this year. I’m just really hoping it’s not dying out as I absolutely love my 3DS and have done so for many years! As much as I do love the Switch as well, I just sometimes feel it’s a little bit too large for me to handle as a portable console, and it’s just not as compact as a 3DS when I need to travel with it.
I also feel some games that are really suitable for the 3DS, would not have the same feeling on the Switch.
I would be gutted if it does go as it would be like losing a friend (for me anyway!), and I don’t want to end up resenting the Switch for ‘pushing’ the 3DS out of the way. Cheri Reilly, Facebook Unfortunately, we don’t have good news for you – we reckon the 3DS is indeed not long for this world. As you say, since the launch of Switch, releases for 3DS have slowed down, and recent first-party titles haven’t been up to snuff (e.g. Kirby: Battle Royale, Mario Party: The Top 100). Nintendo hasn’t come out and announced the end, and there are still some games coming to it this year and next, but it’s clear the huge success of Switch has shifted the company’s focus. And series such as Monster Hunter and Pokémon leaving the platform seems to seal 3DS’ fate.
But hey, it had a good run, right? Seven years full of awesome games – not a bad lifespan for a console. Goodnight, sweet prince of handhelds…
Nintendo has announced that the next Pokémon game is coming to Switch, rather than 3DS.