Yesterday morning, Nintendo unveiled its newest console, the Nintendo Switch. Although the Nintendo Switch is purportedly a home console, it is unique in the sense that its controller is entirely portable. This has prompted much speculation regarding the impact of the Nintendo Switch on the company’s current line of consoles, as many people believed that the Switch would replace Nintendo’s handheld systems as well as its home systems, thanks to its mobility. As Nintendo clarified in a statement to Polygon, this will not be the case, as the Nintendo Switch is a “home gaming system first and foremost.”
Polygon contacted Nintendo about this last night, asking the company if they expect that the Nintendo Switch will affect the sales of the Nintendo 3DS, or the sales of any future handheld consoles. This was their response:
“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.” — Nintendo
Polygon also asked a Nintendo representative about the future production and distribution of Wii U systems. Of course, now that a new home system is in the works, it would be natural to assume that Nintendo was in the process of halting production of Wii U consoles. Nintendo reiterated that it will continue to sell Wii U as normal for this fiscal year, albeit at much smaller numbers, with only 800,000 new units entering the market.
“We have nothing to announce about the production status of Wii U. We announced in April 2016 that as we prepare for the launch of Nintendo Switch in March of 2017, Nintendo will ship 800,000 Wii U hardware units to the global market for this fiscal year. As a result, the inventory of Wii U hardware at retail will become harder to find.
“We encourage anyone who wants Wii U to communicate with their preferred retail outlet to monitor availability.” — Nintendo
What do you guys think? Did you believe that the Nintendo Switch was going to replace Nintendo’s handheld systems? Do you think the existence of a new portable console will damage 3DS sales at all? Let us know in the comments below!