It looks like the Nintendo 3DS may slowly be coming to an end with Nintendo as the company has no new plans for the handheld console. The news sorta came out in the form of an investor’s briefing in which they go over what their plans are over the next year without giving away any plans still in the works or content to be revealed at E3. Several people picked up that the briefing that they will keep doing business with the 3DS, which usually means they’ll keep providing software for the game, but there was no mention anywhere of the company developing any new first party games for it.
We will continue the Nintendo 3DS business by leveraging its installed base and rich software library. We believe it is important to leverage the rich library of Nintendo 3DS series titles to drive sales with existing Nintendo 3DS owners as well as with consumers who recently purchased the Nintendo 3DS hardware, and are investigating strategies for doing so
Kotaku pushed the matter and got a response which all but confirmed there are no new plans for the device.
“We have nothing new to announce regarding first-party software for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems,” a Nintendo spokesperson wrote in response to an emailed request for comment by Kotaku. “We can confirm that new software is coming from third-party publishers.”
It’s kind of a shame, but it was pretty much predictable after Nintendo made a second portable console with the Nintendo Switch that doubles as a home system. When you have an all-in-one, how much more attention will you give to one that only does half? All that’s missing from the Switch is a camera system at this point. We’ll see how long it takes until Nintendo declares they’re going to stop production on the unit.