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When will 3DS' successor launch?

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SonytendoAmiibo said:
Hiku said:

They also said that "DS won't replace GBA" and "NX isn't a successor to WiiU".

Unless Switch fails, I don't think there will be a separate Nintendo handheld.

The Switch won't fail because it will be sold at a profit out of the gate. Kimishima-san said so. But the Switch is just one revenue stream and Nintendo's mobile games will be the other. Nintendo will still have two pillars, Switch and mobile. So in a way smart phones are the 3DS successor.

Doesn't matter that it's sold at a profit if it doesn't reach sales expectations or covers the costs of billions in research and development, logistics, marketing, etc.



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Can people stop calling the Switch the 3DS sucessor?

Can you fit the Switch inside a pocket ? No, therefore it's not an handheld, it's at best a tablet and more like an hybrid.

The 3DS will have a successor if a Switch mini release later.



Easy, Mar 2017



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They will launch a more portable switch version.



i guess it's likely there will be a smaller switch or switch lite at some point but the switch itself is their next portable. I consider it more a successor to the 3ds than the wii u in fact I see it as nintendos way of abandoning the home console market without making it look obvious. I just sense switch is gonna be more popular as portable but time will tell...If the switch bombs (and I personally think it'll be a success) maybe then Nintendo will come out with a more obvious portable, but that's a parallel future that may never exist. Remember Nintendo hinted in the past their next console (ie what became the switch) would most likely be abandoning the need for Nintendo to make a home console and portable at the same time so they could focus on making software for a single machine at once and avoid (hopefully) software droughts.



Lucas-Rio said:
Can people stop calling the Switch the 3DS sucessor?

Can you fit the Switch inside a pocket ? No, therefore it's not an handheld, it's at best a tablet and more like an hybrid.

The 3DS will have a successor if a Switch mini release later.

I can barely fit my new 3DS XL in my pocket if my phone and wallet are already in them though and often just keep it in my backpack anyway. which I will likely do the same for my Switch. If anything though we are more likely to get a smaller Switch within a couple of years then a "true" 3DS successor. 



There won't be a new Nintendo handheld in the future, hybrid is the next big thing for Nintendo.



There likely won't be a "handheld" anymore from Nintendo. I think hybrid devices are their future, assuming Switch is a success. Beyond that, perhaps a mini Switch that launches without a dock or something could be considered what you're looking for. A sort of revision that is smaller and has better battery life, that comes out a year or two after March 2017.



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