When Nintendo first announced the Nintendo Switch, it planned for the Switch to replace the Wii U but continue to work alongside the 3DS. Now, it seems like the Switch might be so popular, it’s shrinking 3DS sales in its wake.
Speaking at a recent financial briefing, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa admitted that the Nintendo 3DS market has “contracted faster than we anticipated.” While the handheld console is continuing to sell well, Furukawa revealed that the market is mainly from parents looking to buy a a first game system for their children. Nintendo will continue to push the 3DS for that audience, but it seems the company may direct more of its attention than expected towards the Switch.
“Regarding future sales of Nintendo Switch, what we first need is to drive sales of one system per household, and we will work towards increasing demand to expand the installed base much further than now,” Furukawa said. “Going forward, we aim to generate such demand among consumers as they feel like ‘I want to have my own Nintendo Switch console’ through measures such as software offerings, not necessarily so that each person will have one, but so that each household will have multiple Nintendo Switch consoles.”
Developer and director Shigeru Miyamoto spoke up later in the conference on the types of software Nintendo hopes to make, saying that Nintendo “[takes] on the creation of bold new games without fear of failure,” and that he hopes Nintendo will be able to create both more games using its well-known properties and characters as well as new ones to make games players continue to love regardless of age.
Nintendo will continue to make more 3DS games going forward, but from the sound of this conference, we can expect to see a much greater focus on the Switch going forward.
Source: Nintendo press conference