Nintendo has revealed its much anticipated console, Nintendo Switch. The console is a hybrid of a home console and a handheld, so it comes as no surprise that many would assume that with the release of Nintendo Switch, the company would discontinue the Nintendo 3DS.
However, that is not the case, according to Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima. Speaking with Bloomberg, Kimishima revealed that the sales for Nintendo 3DS are improving, and thinks that Nintendo Switch could have this positive impact on the handheld’s sales.
Thanks to our software, the 3DS hardware is still growing. So that business still has momentum. And certainly rather than being cannibalized by the Switch, we think the 3DS can continue in its own form.
This comes as no surprise, since Pokemon Sun And Moon that will be releasing for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS is the most pre-ordered game for Nintendo 3DS in the history of the console.
He further discussed the possibility of Nintendo Switch support for VR. According to Kimishima, Nintendo Swtch might support VR in the future, but might not be available at launch.
If you asked as if this might be possible in the future, certainly we can’t say no. In terms of how it can be used for gaming, it’s something we must consider. It depends on the system specifications. I can’t say that we have no interest in VR because VR offers new ways of playing, but that depends on what kind of software can be played. But what kind of software works, that’s only something you only know once you actually experience it. And our games are ones that are usually played for a long time.
Nintendo Switch will launch in March 2017, but no specific date or price has been announced by Nintendo, which might be revealed at Nintendo Switch Presentation on January 12, 2017.