Nintendo 3DS has lost steam ever since the launch of the Switch. Nintendo shifted first-party development to the console-handheld hybrid. Third-party publishers have done the same.
So far this year, Nintendo has only released Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey, Yo-Kai Watch 3, and Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn on the 3DS. The last first-party game was released in March.
However, that doesn’t mean that Nintendo is ready to pull the plug on the 3DS quite yet. The company will “continue to support 3DS this holiday and into 2020.”
“We continue to look at the 3DS family – both hardware and games – as a strong entry point for some consumers. And we’re seeing that,” Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser says in an interview with The Verge.
“As long as consumer demand is there, we’ll continue to provide both hardware and software on that front,” Bowser added.
If recent releases are any indication, that support will mostly – if not entirely – come from third-party publishers.