In 2011, the Nintendo 3DS launched to the public. The successor to the most popular handheld ever in the Nintendo DS, it had a lot to prove. The hook was true 3DS gaming with the adjusting of a slider, as well as better graphics and more functionality. Fast-forward six years and the 3DS has had a very long and successful life. It didn’t sell DS numbers, but it has sold 66 million+ units, which is not only more than its “rival,” the Vita, but it’s more than any current console on the market.
However, with its age starting to show, many are wondering what Nintendo will do next. The ironic thing here is that Nintendo said at E3 2017 that they were planning to support the Nintendo 3DS “beyond 2018,” which has left many very curious as to what they have planned. That being said, a new handheld presumably has to come, and some Nintendo fans, like MarkSkywalker on Reddit, are discussing what it could be:
“Do you think they’ll continue making DS variations or move on to different things?”
It’s an interesting question, and one that Nintendo will no doubt have to ask themselves, if they haven’t already. One of the reasons the 3DS can work side by side with the Nintendo Switch is that the 3DS is truly portable. You can take it anywhere by just putting it in your pocket without a care in the world. It’d be wise for Nintendo to try and maintain that portability.
But, much like all handhelds before it, it’s going to need a hook to lure players in. The 3DS had 3D capability, but it’s not something that actually is a focus on nowadays, and many agree that the function is very love it or leave it. So, what will Nintendo come up with next? We may be waiting a while to find out.