Nintendo’s commitment to 3DS may turn down the sales

The 3DS had an interesting eight - year life cycle before. Handheld sales started weak, causing Nintendo to fall shortly after launch. This price reduction seemed to spark something in consumers, as 3DS became one of the most successful hardware pieces in Nintendo.Then the switch was launched in 2017, and although it mostly fulfills the same purpose as the 3DS, Nintendo has often stated that it will continue to offer the 3DS as an entry - level console for those new to gaming.

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Despite the commitment of Nintendo to continue offering the platform, sales have naturally declined since Switch's release. The 3DS, which was launched in 2011, begins to feel a little outdated here in 2019, especially when it is placed next to the Switch, a more powerful platform that can be played on TV, but also serves the niche of hand games that the 3DS has. It has been dominated for years.

Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa admitted in a recent question - and - answer session with investors (as Ars Technica discovered), 3DS sales "contracted" faster than Nintendo anticipated.

The 3DS is clearly beginning to wind down as a gaming platform. Not only in terms of hardware, but also in terms of software. 3DS is often nowhere to be seen in Nintendo's roundups of weekly eShop releases, to the point where it is worth talking about when a new 3DS game is released.As regards the development of Nintendo's own software, the 3DS has clearly taken a back seat to the switch, and although Nintendo is not prepared to say that the 3DS has reached the end of its life, its release schedule certainly suggests that supporting the platform is no longer a priority.

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Despite slowing sales and a relatively stubborn release schedule, Furukawa insists that the 3DS is still attractive as a portable system or as a first console, so Nintendo will continue to offer the switch and 3DS together in the foreseeable future. That said, it sounds like 2019 could be the last year that Nintendo is taking this position, as we think sales will only continue to decline. The good news, on the other hand, is that we could see a price cut in 3DS at some point this year, as Nintendo tries to woo the few remaining holdouts before calling it completely off the 3DS. Maintain tuned. 

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