Nintendo Switch Is First and Foremost a “Home Gaming Console”

on October 21, 2016 12:19 PM

For those who were worried, the 3DS is probably not leaving us any time soon.

After yesterday’s unveiling of the Nintendo Switch, many were left wondering about the future of the 3DS. The Switch, after all, serves as both a home console and portable device; however, while what’s next for the handheld platform is still uncertain, we can put to rest any fear that the Switch was meant to take over.

Speaking with Polygon, Nintendo stated the Switch “is a home gaming system first and foremost.”

“Nintendo Switch is a home gaming system first and foremost. We have made no announcement regarding the future of Nintendo 3DS.

“Obviously with sales of almost 60 million 3DS portables worldwide, there’s still a huge hunger for new games, such as Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. There are many more games in the pipeline.”

Not that anyone should have been too worried. Nintendo dominates the handheld market.

As for the Wii U, well, it might soon become a lot harder to find at retail. As it preps for the launch of the Switch, the company plans to ship 800,000 Wii U units to the global market for this fiscal year.

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Manny has been covering video games for more than three years. It's just about all he's good at. That and, well, playing them. He received his B.A. in multimedia and magazine journalism in 2016.