How Long Will 3DS Support Continue?
From the moment speculation began on the nature of Nintendo’s new system as a home console-handheld hybrid, people wondered if the Nintendo Switch would replace both the Wii U and 3DS. However, it looks as though the 3DS will continue to be supported at least through the rest of 2017 and into 2018, with several new games still on the way.
Notable Upcoming 3DS Games*
- Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
- The Alliance Alive
- Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology
- Kirby’s Blowout Blast
- Ever Oasis
- Hey! Pikmin
- The Snack World
- Layton’s Mystery Journey
- Dragon Quest XI
- Fire Emblem Warriors
- Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey
- Untitled Kirby game
- Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2
(*this list counts new games only, not games being localized in 2017 like Monster Hunter Stories and Miitopia.)
All of these games are set for 2017, but Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime recently confirmed to IGN that support for the 3DS will extend into 2018. With that in mind, what does the Nintendo 3Ds’s future look like?
The 3DS’s predecessor, the Nintendo DS, stood on its own for just over 6 years before the 3DS came out, from November 2004 – February 2011. Its last major releases were in 2012, although it continued to receive minor support from developers until 2014.
If the 3DS follows a similar pattern, we would expect to see its successor in 2018, assuming Nintendo has another dedicated handheld to unveil. If the Switch is its successor, then support for the 3DS should start to dwindle later in 2018. Nevertheless, we have a good lineup of 3DS games to look forward to.
And who knows? Maybe E3 will reveal a slate of 3DS games for 2018. Even if it doesn’t, however, it’s hard to say the 3DS didn’t have a good, successful life.