NIS CEO Has High Hopes For 3DS Longevity
Even with the NX coming up, the 3DS may stay a little longer.
It's been four and a half years since the Nintendo 3DS made its debut and with Nintendo's NX system announced for 2016, many think it's almost time to retire the dual-screened handheld. With next-gen (now current-gen) consoles firmly entrenched, it begs the question: is it getting time for the 3DS to go?
At least one person firmly states that the 3DS has some life left in it. NIS America CEO Takura Yamashita feels like the handheld has at least a few more years of life left in it. While he agrees that it's the right time for publishers and developers to drop the previous-gen consoles, the 3DS and Vita have at least two to three years of life left in them.
He believes that with developers and publishers shifting production to the newer consoles, that many smaller studios could find their niche in producing games for the handheld market. While Nintendo's NX is rumored to be an all-in-one-solution, serving the handheld and console markets simultaneously, Nintendo isn't the type of company to put all its eggs in one basket.
In the coming year we'll probably have an answer as to the question of whether the current handheld systems will live on, or be sent to the retirement home.