LET­TER

Of the month Cheri Reilly asks, is the 3DS on its way out?

Games Master - - Fanbase -

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.

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