In a recent interview with IGN at this year’s E3, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime spoke about the company’s plans for the future, specifically for the 3DS. Reggie revealed that Nintendo has plans to continue supporting the handheld, even through 2018 and beyond.
Here are Reggie’s full comments on their plans for the 3DS, including how they focus on innovating the handheld, how important new games are to keeping the device relevant, and how Nintendo doesn’t want the Switch to be seen as a “replacement” for the 3DS:
“The way we continue to make Nintendo 3DS vibrant as a platform is first we continue to innovate from form factor standpoint. So the New 2DS XL is just the latest for us in having form factor innovation. We know colors are a key differentiator, consumers love the variety of different colors. And also the larger screen and the different form factor in the 2DS family, we think is a going to drive and continue to drive the 3DS platform.”
“We’re going to continue to bring new content, and that’s what’s going to keep this device vibrant and keep it going well into 2018 and beyond.”
“We say that it’s a home console that you take with you and play with anyone, anywhere, anytime. It really is meant to deliver that great home console performance, you just happen to be able to undock it and take it with you, which is a key innovation. But look, in the end, what we want is we want the consumer to call it their device, right? Their preferred gaming device that they can play fantastic Zelda, Mario, third-party content, all of their favorite franchises brought to life on the platform. That’s what we want. And we’re greedy and we want Nintendo 3DS right alongside it.”