The 3DS family has been trucking on since 2011. That’s why it is pretty surprising that it’s still a relatively active platform, though its heyday is long gone. Sales have been steadily decreasing since the Switch came onto the scene. Despite that, Nintendo seems pretty adamant about keeping it around for the time being. It’s a topic that has come up a lot over the past few months, and an investor brought it up again during the Q&A section of the company’s recent investor’s briefing.
That investor asked for President Furukawa’s thoughts on the likelihood of the 3DS continue to coexist with the Switch. To that, Mr. Furukawa pointed to the 3DS still filling in the role of being an entry-level gaming device thanks to its low price point and small size, particularly appealing to first-time gamers. It’s for this reason why the company is continuing to keep it around.
Can a Switch Mini fill the role?
But, the investor threw a bit of a curveball at Furukawa. His second question was if Nintendo has any ideas to conform the Switch to that role by lowering its price and/or reducing its size. To that, Mr. Furukawa responded by saying that the company is currently focusing on driving sales of “one system per household” in addition to focusing on working towards “increasing demand to expand the installed base much further than now.” One aspect of that convincing users to buy their own personal Switch rather than everyone sharing a system. Furukawa did not elaborate further on the idea of introducing a smaller, cheaper version of the Switch.
The concept of a Switch Mini has been brought up basically since 2017, as some folks desire for a more portable design. Rumors have cropped up within the past few weeks that Nintendo does intend on introducing such a model later this year, but it remains to be seen if this will actually happen.