Nintendo’s Tatsumi Kimishima Is “Considering” A 3DS Successor

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Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima has been quoted as considering a future dedicated portable. In speaking to Japanese newspaper Kyoto Shinbun, he said that he still saw a need and market for such a 3DS successor. This does not in any way confirm the existence of a 3DS successor, or refresh, however.

Apparently, the need to be filled by a dedicated handheld, according to Kimishima, would be children and women, very much “first time” buyers.

Further, in speaking with the investment community, Kimishima reaffirmed that the 3DS business will run in parallel with the Switch, thanks to the platform’s 62 million units sold since 2011.

We will continue to introduce new titles that players can enjoy for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

We have heard speculation that Nintendo Switch will replace the Nintendo 3DS, as both are game systems that can be played outside the home, but Nintendo 3DS has unique characteristics that differ from those of Nintendo Switch. Furthermore, the price points and play experiences offered by the two systems are different and we do not see them as being in direct competition.

We plan to continue both businesses separately and in parallel.

Among the major first-party releases for the 3DS due in 2017 include Goodbye BoxBoy!, Fire Emblem Echoes, Mario Sports Superstars, and a new side-scrolling Pikmin.

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