Nintendo Claims 3DS Support Extends Beyond 2018

Geronimo Vena
Giugno 17, 2017

The Wii U was Nintendo's worst and lowest selling console ever, but it had some of Nintendo's best games ever, too.

"We know that our fans, our players, want access to all of our digital content, we know that", said Fils-Aime regarding Nintendo's interest in bringing Virtual Console to Switch. "What we're working through is, 'okay, what's going to be the best way to make that happen, to make that available?'"

Now that Nintendo has released the home console/handheld hybrid Switch, many have begun to wonder what that means for the 3DS.

What's more, when Nintendo first released the Switch in March this year, it was confident in its claims that the full paid online service would be available in months.

With the very poor performance of the Wii U and subsequent new direction Nintendo chose to take with the Switch, you can understand why the company was cautious in the run up to the Switch's launch.

Nintendo recognizes that demand varies by game, and wants to make sure that when it comes to the most requested titles, fans are assured that their excitement isn't unheard.

KitGuru Says: I'm having a hard time keeping level headed as on one hand prayers have been answered but on the other, we don't know enough to get excited. "And so that's how we think these through". Gamers play video games; everyone plays games and with toys. Nintendo has already done voice chat on previous consoles.

Fils-Aime: So let's be clear. As long as the handheld is still selling, both in terms of hardware and software, Nintendo surely sees no reason to stop supporting the console, this is something that is very understandable given the company's presumably huge losses with the Wii U project.

IGN also asked Fils-Aime about the Metroid Prime 4 reveal considering it seemed so early in development and Nintendo as-of-late had focused heavily on featuring games that were much closer to release.

Fils-Aime: I see a lot of consumers hoping and wishing for that online. They will all require a mobile phone, but apparently not all of them will need to be physically tethered with a cord.

"I can't say there's a solution coming, but we do hear the message".

"I think in particular it's a fun game to play on a splitscreen at home with your friends or family", he said via an email interview.

We'll have more about Nintendo's big E3 showing and a little more from Reggie in the coming days.

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