Nintendo officially revealed the smaller variant yesterday, the Switch Lite, with a release date set for 29th September 2019. Nintendo also revealed a handful of information along with the Switch Lite reveal. According to Nintendo, the company is not ending the support for 3DS due to its high demand.
Ever since the start of 2019, we have been seeing a lot of rumors regarding two new variants of Nintendo’s portable gaming console, the Switch. One was the Switch Mini and the other was the Switch Pro. Yesterday, we finally learned what the console will be like. What we originally thought was the “Switch Mini” has been given the name of “Switch Lite” by Nintendo.
But even before the introduction of Switch, Nintendo’s other console, the 3DS, was the dominant one. Originally announced in early 2010, the 3DS was the successor to the Nintendo DS family. It was met with positive reviews and was called the “natural evolution of the Nintendo DSi system.” But with the introduction of the original Nintendo Switch and now the Switch Lite, the demand for Nintendo 3DS has not been extinguished.
Contrary to belief, the demand for the Nintendo 3DS still remains high due to its classic games and a nostalgic feeling that many experience when they hold it still to this date. Its ability to play 3D without the need for special glasses, backward compatibility, a social networking service called Miiverse, along with its use of 3D cameras still make the 3DS a memorable console.
This demand of the 3DS is one major reason why Nintendo doesn’t want to end the support for it, despite moving into a new era with the Switch line.
“We’ll continue to support our 3DS family of systems as long as there is demand,” says Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser.
Interestingly, The Switch Lite is $100 cheaper as compared to the base hardware which is at $199.99, this is the same price as the highest-end 3DS. On the other hand, the entry-level 2DS is just $79.99, this makes it ideal for kids and families.
The 3DS still stands proud in the hearts of millions of Nintendo fans. Nintendo will currently maintain support for the 3DS but that is likely to change if the demand drops or the price of the Switch drops down to $100. Let’s wait and see what happens.
If you want to learn more about the Switch Lite, make sure to check out critical info such as release date, price, and features here.
The Nintendo Switch Lite has a release date for the 29th of September later this year. You can visit the official Nintendo website for more details.