…To those of you thinking of putting your Nintendo 3DS down as a deposit at Gamestop for the soon to be released Switch, not so fast. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Amie announced today the 3DS has “A long life in front of it.”
As a reminder, the 3DS was released in the U.S. on March 27, 2011 (A month and a day after its release in Japan). The Wii U was released the following year in November (US) and December (Japan). The Switch will be released on March 3, 2017 worldwide. This will be the first time since the Game Boy Family that a handheld console will span not just one but three home consoles. The Game Boy family consoles–Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance–spanned the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 and the Gamecube. The 3DS Family–3DS, 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS–will span the Wii U and now the Switch.
…As it happens, I plan to buy both a Wii U (so I can retire my Wii) and a New Nintendo 3DS (so I can retire my Ambassador 3DS) by the end of this year. Of course, I also plan to buy a Switch for one game that has been announced but I’ll save that for a separate post.
Anyway back to the main topic, which is AWESOME news for 3DS owners: The 3DS has plenty of good years ahead of it. I do think Nintendo will start to push the New Nintendo 3DS a bit more next year. As of right now, it’s basically a more powerful version of the 3DS. There are no console-exclusive games to push sales. Not yet, anyway. I have a backlog of 3DS games from last year to both buy and play myself on that note. LOL.