But that’s about it.
Nintendo hasn’t given up on the Nintendo 3DS just yet, but they don’t have any plans for it right now either. At least nothing their willing to talk about.
Nintendo recently released the English transcript of their most recent corporate management policy briefing. In it, we hear a few details regarding Nintendo Labo, the company’s plans and hopes for the Switch, and so on.
The very last question asked was in regards to long-term plans for broadening the gaming population. More specifically, they ask if the success of the Nintendo Switch indicate that there won’t be a successor to the 3DS, or if they intend to have the 2 product lines coexist.
Nintendo president and representative director Tatsumi Kimishima had this to say.
“Nintendo 3DS continues to sell, so for now we hope consumers will embrace it together with Nintendo Switch. But as for what transpires in the future, that is uncharted territory.”
Nintendo director and senior executive officer Ko Shiota also weighed in on the topic. Using many more words to say the same thing, it boils down to this one statement:
“Regarding development, we have not yet decided which direction to steer towards, but we have a variety of possibilities under consideration.”
It certainly sounds like Nintendo doesn’t want to say that the 3DS and their handheld line is dead and forgotten. At the same time, it doesn’t sound like there’s much hope to be had on that front, either. Right now, they’re considering their options, so no plan is underway. Considering that the Switch was in development for 2 years before it was announced, we won’t see a new handheld by Nintendo until at least 2021. This is assuming they actually do make another handheld.
Is this Nintendo dodging a question, or are they genuine about future ideas? Let us know what you think.