Kimishima, Aonuma, Agree that the 3DS Could Get a Successor

No, that successor would not be the Switch. While nothing seems set in stone right now as they put all their efforts into launching the Nintendo Switch and continuing to support the 3DS, the big figure heads at Nintendo are insisting that they may not be done with purely handheld dedicated gaming, stating that the 3DS could indeed see a succors. Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima stated as much according to a report by Kyoto Shinbun. We are unsure 100% if this place is reliable, but we do know for certain that Eiji Aonuma’s words are not to be doubted.

Here is what Eiji Aonuma said in an interview with EDGE magazine:

“There’s an element of that, but it doesn’t automatically mean things will happen more quickly or more easily. Plus, Nintendo 3DS still has plenty of titles in development. The concept of the Switch is that you have a home console that you can take with you on the go, and in that respect it is both home console and handheld, but it doesn’t mean for us that the concept of a dedicated handheld will just disappear.”

It seems like the Switch won’t be the end of the road for 3DS, or a possible successor.

Source: Nintendo EverythingNeoGaf

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  • Anonymous1234567

    I think this is a mistake. One of the hypothesized strengths of Switch, was that it would roll handheld and console development into a single device, thereby alleviating the droughts Nintendo often sees on its non-handheld platforms. It would also mean games like Pokemon etc. could come to the device, as that barrier between handheld and console erodes.

    If they’re already working on a successor to the 3DS and this isn’t just them doing what they always do (claiming a new device won’t supplant an older one, when in reality it does,) then that means they’re also planning games for its launch down the road, and that hurts the pipeline for Switch game development, and instead of merging that pipeline for Switch, splits it again.

    Silver lining: if their new handheld device is less powerful than Switch, yet can also connect via USB C to the dock (either by placing it therein, or via cable,) then it would be awesome to have a handheld that can also be played on TV. Since that’s the model they’re going with, it seems like a no brainer to do… but it’s Nintendo, so one can never count on them doing the intuitive no brainer thing…

    • Gestrid

      Why do USB when you could just wirelessly connect? If they’re already planning for something like that in the future, they’ve already given the Switch the capability to do it. Just look at the NFC reader on the Wii U. We didn’t have amiibo for a while after that.

      Also, according to Nintendo, the Switch was never supposed to replace either the Wii U or 3DS. While it did end up replacing the Wii U, I don’t see the New 3DS going anywhere within at least the next couple of years. It just came out a little under 3 years ago. The only reason its sales were down, compared to the 3DS, I believe, is because most games made for it were also available on the 3DS as well.

      • Anonymous1234567

        Wireless streaming could also work, but it would be nice to have the USB-C as a charge while playing on TV option.

        No, I wouldn’t expect a true 3DS successor for at least two years either. But if they build a nice pipeline for switch, then split it in two again for the 3DS successor, I still feel that would be a mistake.

        Unless of course it’s part of a larger Switch ecosystem that ensures most if not all games come to both. Switch DS as a title perhaps?