The Switch has been out for a while now and has been the focus of Nintendo’s thinking, but Nintendo’s Doug Bowser continues to refuse to call time on the 3DS.
The veteran handheld is selling very, very poorly, software support has effectively ended and services are slowly but surely being cancelled. Despite all of this, Bowser maintains that the 3DS remains a viable ‘entry point’ for younger players.
Speaking in a recent interview with The Verge, he said:
We continue to look at the 3DS family, both hardware and games, as a strong entry point for some consumers. And we’re seeing that. As long as consumer demand is there, we’ll continue to provide both hardware and software on the front.
When asked at what point the 3DS could be killed off, Bowser replied:
We’re certainly not going to say it today. I think time will tell. We will continue to support 3DS this holiday and into 2020.
This should be taken with a little bit of hindsight, Bowser isn’t going to come out and declare the 3DS dead, not this close to Christmas anyway. In reality, the console offers nothing, and there is next to no support for the system.