Nintendo has plans to support the 3DS "well beyond 2018"

Nintendo has clearly learned its lessons from the Wii U by scheduling a big game on the Switch nearly every single month until the end of the year, but imagine if all the developers making games for the 3DS were making Switch games instead?

- Nintendo of America chief Reggie Fils-Aime, speaking to Glixel about the company's push into mobile game production.

"There's over 66 million of these devices out in the hands of consumers", Fils-Aime said, referring to the Nintendo 3DS. "What we're working through is, 'okay, what's going to be the best way to make that happen, to make that available?' Certainly, we recognize there's an appetite for all of our great legacy content".

3DS is more of a home console that you can carry anywhere you like and play at the drop of a hat.

We obviously did get many Switch announcements such as Metroid Prime 4, the new Yoshi, and Kirby games, not to mention the star of the show Super Mario Odyssey.

Asked about how digital sales compared to physical on the Nintendo Switch, Reggie revealed how The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold well digitally, when taken as a percentage of sales Mario Kart 8 deluxe had more digital presence. In this instance third-parties didn't want to support the struggling console and Nintendo wasn't outputting first-party titles quick enough to keep a flurry of games coming to the system. What we are internally resisting is just a pure port, versus thinking about how not only do we showcase a game to a wider audience, but how do we make sure that there's something more? "And so that's how we think these through". Nintendo has already done voice chat on previous consoles.

Totilo: It just seems cumbersome that I'm going to have to plug my headset into a phone into a system, those wires... "It's going to require a mobile device and be delivered by an app".

However, Fils-Aime expressed that he feels Nintendo's approach will allow them to provide a more robust online communication functionality to players.

Fils-Aime: So let's be clear. "We hear you, but I can't say if we're doing anything about it", isn't a response - it's both an acknowledgement and a deferral. We've added more, we've added elements to expand the Metroid franchise and to make it more accessible and more vibrant.


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