During Nintendo’s E3 2019 show, the new president, Doug Bowser, told Time that the handheld console, the 3DS “continues to do quite well” and is still in demand from consumers and retailers. For that reason, and quite possibly because Nintendo also sees the console as “a great entry point for young gamers”, the 3DS will continue to see support.
According to Bowser, Nintendo’s focus on the Switch during the event wasn’t a sign of bad things to come for the 3DS, it’s just that it’s not really the star of the show any more.
“At this point,” he explained, “we have no games to announce on 3DS at E3, and in fact we’re not really showing 3DS content here, because it is all about Nintendo Switch.”
Continued support for the 3DS is a promise Nintendo has been making since the Switch launched in 2017 and it has kept it so far. However, the last significant release for the 3DS was Persona and with a sparse first-party release schedule for the future, it’s worth thinking about how long demand for an eight-year-old platform can be prolonged for.