Will the Nintendo Switch replace the 3DS? Considering that the 3DS and the Nintendo Switch are both portable devices, can they really co-exist? Now, before my readers take up arms against me; just hear me out.
I am well aware that Nintendo has announced that the 3DS and the Switch will co-exist. I’m sure they will co-exist for a little while, but the question is how long. Whereas, they pulled this same move on the Gameboy Advance and DS. But, as soon as the DS started to cannibalize the sales of the Gameboy Advance Nintendo quickly changed their story. Claiming that the Gameboy line was never meant to co-exist. Historically, Nintendo likes to play it safe. In other words, if the Switch fails they can claim that it was never intended to replace the 3DS. On the other hand, if the Switch is successful they can claim the opposite.
Personally, I’ve felt for a couple of years that the portable gaming market is Nintendo’s strongest aspect of their company. Sales of 3DS games surpass sales of the Wii U by miles. Not to mention that the Wii U had awful marketing. Moreover, I’ve said a number of times that they should drop out of the home console business and focus what they do best. Which is portable gaming.
I’ve worried in the past that Nintendo could become irrelevant if they don’t adapt. The last thing I want to happen is to see Nintendo become the next Sega. My fears could come true if they don’t change with the market. The good news is that Nintendo has noticed the same thing that I have. Nevertheless, It looks like Nintendo is taking the right path by combining the home and portable console into one.
Like I said earlier, the portable market is their strong suit and they can thrive in this segment of the market. Now, the only thing Nintendo needs to attract is more third party support. As everyone knows, good games make a console great and not just good hardware.
In the end, I think by having one device on the market will benefit Nintendo in the long term. Which will help them continue to be a will be a relevant company in the video game industry.