The Nintendo Switch offers both a home and portable console experience, which has led many to wonder if the Switch is the future of handhelds for Nintendo.
And the company has once again reiterated that it’s not: they will continue to invest in the 3DS and future mobile devices.
“We absolutely believe there’s still a future in handheld, and so we’re investing in it,” said Nintendo’s Doug Bowser in an interview with Paste.
He said that the 3DS now has a catalog of over 1,000 games, and that the install base is growing every year, adding that the Switch and the 3DS can co-exist.
The Switch and 3DS offer a “neat opportunity to engage in a different style of gameplay, it can be in parallel with the Switch. They can both survive together,” said Bowser about the Switch and 3DS.
The 3DS has sold 66 million units worldwide to date, and is going into its seventh year on the market. Later this month, Nintendo will release yet another handheld, the 2DS XL for $149, offering players a 2D experience in the popular clam-shell design.