The 3DS originally released in February of 2011. That’s 6 years ago and it’s still selling units and getting great games, but how long does it have left as the number 1 handheld gaming device?
The 3DS is old. There’s no other way to put it. We live in a age where consoles can no longer go 8 years without a serious upgrade because they’ll quickly become obsolete. That’s why we got the PS4 Pro, and later this year we’re getting the Xbox Scorpio. The Nintendo Switch is finally here and it’s sold out all over the world right now. You can’t find them unless you’re willing to pay third party sellers up to $700 for it on Ebay or elsewhere.
The Nintendo Switch is a portable console. You can play games like Zelda, and Mario on the go like you could do all of your favorite 3DS games. This made me question what plans does Nintendo still has for their aging handheld device. Right now they’re still supporting it and I think that’s because that’s where most of their users are. You don’t discontinue a product just because your new one is off to a great start. If the Nintendo Switch fails to sell well later this year and next year they’ll still have their 3DS to fall back on and develop games for. What will Nintendo do if the Switch continues to sell the way it is right now?
The smart choice would be to stop production of your 3DS units and focus solely on the Nintendo Switch. We’ve already seen some handheld games being announced for the Switch. Fire Emblem, Dragon Quest, and Shin Megami Tensei are usually handheld games and both of them are being released for the Switch at a future date. I’m pretty sure the next Monster Hunter game will also be announced for the Switch and Pokemon has to go sooner or later. Once all of the big franchises from the 3DS makes their way over to the Switch I think we’ll say goodbye to the 3DS.
I love my 3DS. I’ve played some incredible games on it, but it’s gotten to a point where new games don’t feel any different than older ones. Games haven’t really improved much on the 3DS over the last 6 years. Pokemon Sun/Moon pushed the 3DS to it’s limits and the result was two games that rarely ran at a solid 30 fps. Etrian Odyssey has been around for quite some time now and it’s even gotten a nice spin-off series called Etrian Mystery Dungeon and it’s getting a sequel. The problem with the sequel is it (graphically) looks just like the one I own now. Could you imagine how much better games would look, run, and play on the Nintendo Switch? You wouldn’t have to worry about trying to fit your new games on 6 year old hardware.
It’s time for the 3DS to go. It’s time has come and gone and every great thing eventually comes to an end. I don’t expect this happen this year, but next year is going to be very interesting. Will Nintendo keep developing games for both the Switch, and 3DS or will they finally bring both groups together on one platform and give us the ultimate Nintendo machine that we’ve all been wanting for years.
What do you think of this? Are you ready for the 3DS to ride off into the sunset?