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Switch will not replace the 3DS, Nintendo says

With all of the widespread attention that Nintendo's new console-handheld hybrid Switch is getting, some handheld fans have been concerned that support for the 3DS may be on the wane. Not so, Nintendo says.

"3DS has a long life in front of it," Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said in a Wired interview. "We’ve already announced games that will be launching in the first couple quarters of this year. There are a number of big games coming. And in our view, the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo Switch are going to live side-by-side."

Fils-Aime added that the two products are aimed at different audiences with different price points, with the Switch really a home console, despite its portability. "They’re going to coexist just fine. We’ve done this before, managing two different systems."

Indeed, several titles are planned for the 3DS this year, including Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World, Ever Oasis, Dragon Quest VIII and Pikmin. Of course, Nintendo won't want to undercut a popular platform before a new one launches, no matter what its private plans may really be. So the reassurance is not surprising. It will be interesting to see how Nintendo supports the Switch, Wii U and 3DS going forward.

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