2:00 pm EST, November 7, 2019

3DS not yet dead, says Nintendo President Doug Bowser

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Bowser recently spoke on the state of the Nintendo 3DS, and how on much longer the Japanese company will be supporting the handheld.

Released in 2011, the 3DS has seen eight years of great success. While it appears as though some now-defunct 3DS series will make their way on over to the Switch, the dual-screen handheld still has some life in it yet.

Speaking to The Verge, Bowser had the following to say on the state of the 3DS. “We continue to look at the 3DS family, both hardware and games, as a strong entry point for some consumers.”

The 3DS saw much of its profits come in from game series like Pokemon, Super Mario, and Fire Emblem. “As long as consumer demand is there, we’ll continue to provide both hardware and software on that front,” says Bowser.

So is the 3DS dead? Bowser is hesitant to call it a complete flatliner. “We’re certainly not going to say it today. I think time will tell. We will continue to support 3DS this holiday and into 2020.”

Bowser went on to comment on the Joy-Con drift issues plaguing the Nintendo Switch family line. As players discover their own Joy-Con drift issues, Bowser states that “we encourage them to contact our customer support groups and we’ll do our best to help them through that. That has been how we’ve been handling our consumers over the last few months as issues like this have arisen,” says Bowser.

From personal experience, I can, unfortunately, confirm that the Lite’s joysticks do indeed still drift. It’s a nifty looking console, and would be a knockout, if not for the glaring technical hardware issue of the console’s Joy-Con drift. The Nintendo Switch Lite released in September, with the lack of a TV docking function majorly contributing to the $100 lower MSRP.

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