During a corporate strategy meeting this evening in Japan, Nintendo has reconfirmed its position on the fate of the Nintendo 3DS platform in wake of the Nintendo Switch launch. In the meeting, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima stated that the 3DS will not compete against the Nintendo Switch, and followed the remark by saying that the two platforms will run parallel with each other.
3DS won't compete against Switch, Nintendo says. Nintendo would continue 3DS business along with Switch. (it said this before, nothing new)
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) February 1, 2017
While this news isn’t a deviation from earlier statements from the company, it’s important to remember that the Nintendo DS was originally positioned in a similar way being touted as a “third pillar” in respect to the Game Boy and the GameCube. But with an impressive user base and newly refreshed hardware in the form of the New 3DS, it’s safe to say the 3DS should be around for at least a little while longer.