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Rubeus
11-01-2016, 05:05 AM
So 3DS is still around to save Nintendo in case Switch doesn't have the result they want. It's still way too soon to talk about Switch VR -- can they just focus the stereoscopic 3D support on 3DS, that "3D" is just fine.


Nintendo Won't Discontinue 3DS, Talks Switch VR Possibilities

One of the most interesting elements of the Nintendo Switch--at least based on what we know so far--is that it's a console/mobile hybrid that you can play at home or on the go.

Nintendo already has an on-the-go device in the form of the Nintendo 3DS, so you might think that business could be negatively impacted by the Switch. Not so, according to Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima.
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Asked directly by Bloomberg, "Will you discontinue the 3DS?" Kimishima pointed out that 3DS hardware sales are still improving. The launch of the Switch, though it could have some impact on 3DS sales, won't kill the 3DS, Kimishima said.

"Thanks to our software, the 3DS hardware is still growing," he said. "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."


Indeed, Nintendo reported just this week that it sold 2.7 million 3DS units during the last quarter, an increase compared to the same period last year. Additionally, Nintendo said Pokemon Sun and Moon are the "best pre-selling games in Nintendo history."

About the Switch in general, Kimishima said, "We didn't just want a successor to the Wii U or the 3DS. So our original concept was, 'What kind of new experience can we create?' And what we showed this time was an object that's both stationary and one you can take outside to play with anyone you want."

Also in the interview, Kimishima was asked if the Switch will have VR capabilities. It sounds like it won't at launch in March 2017, though Kimishima said nothing is ruled out for the future.

"If you asked as if this might be possible in the future, certainly we can't say no," he said. "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."

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-wont-discontinue-3ds-talks-switch-vr-poss/1100-6444935/

spider-prime
11-01-2016, 05:17 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if the 3ds goes away faster than they make it seem. I can see them getting rid of the 3ds to make the Switch sell more.
Despite what anyone says, the 3DS games could work on the switch, just like emulators, it would simulate two screens.

Drunken Savior
11-01-2016, 06:43 PM
Despite what anyone says, the 3DS games could work on the switch, just like emulators, it would simulate two screens.

The screen would have to be touch then though, right? They didn't show that off at all in their reveal.

Hagane
11-01-2016, 08:07 PM
It is posible that they'll drop down the 3ds; the switch must cover the losses of the wii u and the new 3ds wich I doubt a lot people were interested for a console that barely brought anything new or better and the lack of exclusive games proves that.

Another thing that had me wondering about the switch: will the performance of the console change when connected to the main thing?

spider-prime
11-01-2016, 11:49 PM
The screen would have to be touch then though, right? They didn't show that off at all in their reveal.

The same people who were leaking all the info about the switch before they showed it that are right have been saying it will have a multi touch, touch screen.