60 million people is a large chunk of the human race, and that also happens to be the number of Nintendo 3DS units that have been sold to date. Nintendo wants those owners to know that, despite the Nintendo Switch being a hybrid home and portable platform, it will stick around and support them for a while after the new console launches.
Speaking with Bloomberg Japan, Nintendo President and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima laid out his company’s view on the Nintendo 3DS.
The Switch differs from 3DS, so we will continue to develop games intended for 3DS.
The Nintendo 3DS still has gas in the tank
This viewpoint comes in spite of a merger of Nintendo’s handheld and console development teams and the Nintendo 3DS entering its sixth year of availability. Like I said, 60 million is a very large number, bigger than even the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One’s userbases, and that’s money Nintendo can’t afford to walk away from… yet.
For once, the lack of backwards compatibility might keep a console around for a few years longer than expected. The same didn’t work out for the Game Boy Advance when the Nintendo DS strolled in.