The Nintendo Switch And 3DS Can Coexist, Says Nintendo President

Posted Sun Oct 30, 2016 at 09:39 AM PDT by
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Nintendo isn't ready to let the 3DS go just yet.

Nintendo's newly revealed console, the Nintendo Switch, isn't meant to be a replacement of the 3DS, according to Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Kimishima said that the 3DS hardware will still have a life after the release of its upcoming console, which can convert from a TV-connected system to a handheld device.

"Thanks to our software, the 3DS hardware is still growing," Kimishima said. "So that business still has momentum. And certainly rather than being cannibalized by the Switch, we think the 3DS can continue in its own form."

The interview also touched on why the Switch's announcement video focused on young adults instead of Nintendo's usual family-oriented branding. 

"Our core philosophy is that we want to increase the number of gamers at all ages, and there's no change to that," Kimishima said "So we have no intention to lean just towards core gamers. But to communicate our new idea, when you think about who will understand it first, naturally it will be people who really understand games. To communicate that as quickly as possible, we focused on those folks who really understand games."

Nintendo plans to reveal more about the Switch—including pricing, software, and a release date—in January.

Source: Bloomberg (via Eurogamer)

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