Nintendo plans to release more 3DS series on the Nintendo Switch, owing to the continued and strong successes of the console (via Wall Street Journal).
Now that the stunning sales statistics for the Switch have been announced, we may have an idea as to the company’s plans for the legacy of the 3DS. Since 2017, the Nintendo Switch has sold 41.67 million units worldwide. In the past three months ending with September, almost five million Switches were sold and a little under two million of these were Switch Lites.
Evidently, the Switch is a golden goose and the report said that Nintendo 3DS sales have amounted to 0.37 million units in the past six months ending with September. That’s a 62.9 per cent decrease year-on-year, whereas its games sold 2.60 million units in the same time frame, which works out as a 58.5 per cent decrease year-on-year. It would seem that Nintendo is waving goodbye to the 3DS, but is scooping out its software to port to the more successful Switch.
Pokémon X and Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon Sun and Moon, and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are all Pokemon games that came out on the 3DS. It is unlikely that Nintendo would be planning on re-releasing one of these titles because Sword and Shield comes out very soon. It’d be the same story with Animal Crossing: New Leaf as New Horizons is set to launch for the Switch next year.
Nintendogs + Cats could be a wild choice, but one that would be welcomed by plenty of players. What about Kid Icarus, Wario Ware, Picross, or a Dragon Quest remake? We won’t know what these plans are for a little while yet, but there’s lots of time to start canvassing for a re-release of your favourite 3DS game.