Future of the 3DS

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by insomniac45177, Jun 27, 2017.

  1. insomniac45177

    insomniac45177 Member

    Jun 2, 2017
    United States
    So Nintendo says that they will support the 3DS into 2018 and beyond......

    So what does that mean on a hardware level?
    Any ideas or opinions? Do you really think the 3DS hardware can survive into 2019?
    Maybe a NEW new Nintendo 3DS?
    Or maybe a NEW Nintendo 3DS XXL?
    Maybe abandon 3D all together?

    Was just curious of the opinions of the community here.
  2. evandixon

    evandixon PMD Researcher

    May 29, 2009
    United States
    I think that the 3DS is dead, and Nintendo's only continuing its support in case the Switch doesn't succeed for some reason.
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  3. Newest Nick Team

    Newest Nick Team GBAtemp Regular

    Nov 28, 2014
    United States
    You don't wanna know. :P
    IDK, I bet they will just release stuff as they go.

    Also, with firmware updates, they fix hacks, which is bad for this community, so yeah...
  4. V0ltr0n

    V0ltr0n GBAtemp Fan

    Jan 5, 2016
    United States
    Nintendo has the handheld market on lock. As long as they keep a relatively steady flow of content and 3rd party support, I think it'll be quite a while before support ends for the system. They wouldn't be releasing the new2ds if they were giving up on it. Only thing that might push them to make an entirely new handheld would be something like a Vita 2 that supports current home console games. I highly doubt that will happen, so no need for nintendo to push for a new handheld any time soon.
  5. Kubas_inko

    Kubas_inko 3DS Hardmoder

    Feb 3, 2017
    Czech Republic
    that's why are there still new games right? :D
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  6. MashedPotatos

    MashedPotatos Advanced Member

    Apr 10, 2017
    They said a very similar when the DS came out with the GBA. It's a kind of failsafe if the newer console fails they can fall back on their older console.
  7. Bullseye

    Bullseye GBAtemp Regular

    Feb 22, 2016
    I guess they will keep supporting it if the software side of the console keeps bringing them benefit. Maybe they have already decided on a level of income at which they have decided to stop supporting it. Then after that happens they might start to develop a new portable console (as they have already released the Switch which is the latest hardware), and releasing a new piece of hardware that is not switch might be like throwing rocks to your own roof.
    Last edited by Bullseye, Jun 27, 2017
  8. Kubas_inko

    Kubas_inko 3DS Hardmoder

    Feb 3, 2017
    Czech Republic
    As long as no emulators on switch will be able to run 3ds/ds games, it will survive.
  9. Harsky

    Harsky Madmin

    Aug 2, 2004
    Like the Gameboy Advance being the "third pillar" when the DS was being launched, Nintendo will keep supporting the 3DS until the Switch finally hits its stride and all new games comes out on the Switch. After the decision to pull the Wii's support in the hope that everyone will move onto the Wii U, I think the 3DS will still be positioned to be the handheld of choice for the people who still can't afford/find a Switch.
  10. ov3rkill

    ov3rkill GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    May 10, 2009
    There are still upcoming games and devs are still developing games for it. As long as there are games being announced for the console, I think it's doing fine. PSV on the other hand, not so much, except in Japan.
  11. Lacius

    Lacius GBAtemp Guru

    May 11, 2008
    United States
    When the Switch was being discussed (codenamed NX at the time), Nintendo said the NX wouldn't replace the Wii U because it was something entirely different and that the Wii U would continue to be supported after the NX. That was a lie so people wouldn't stop buying the Wii U. The same thing is happening with the 3DS. They're not going to come out and say, "Yeah, after Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the 3DS will no longer be supported, so you shouldn't go out and buy one."
  12. SLiV3R

    SLiV3R 3DS Friend Code: 0473-9069-2206

    Jan 9, 2006
    Like everyone says: the 3DS is dead AF :P
  13. Player-1

    Player-1 Advanced Member

    Jul 18, 2016
    United States
    as long as 3ds/2ds continues to sell well and doesn't cut into switch profits, i think they will continue selling it for as long as they can.

    unlike the wii u, the 3ds has a big userbase, and they want that userbase to slowly transition to the switch (or possible 3ds successor) overtime. if nintendo were to just kill off the 3ds now that the switch has been released, there's no guarantee that 3ds users will just move on to switch (kinda like how not all wii owners upgraded to wii u).