So, going into this E3, there were a lot of questions on the Nintendo side. One of them was about the 3DS, and the games that would be shown there. After all, the handheld has been out since 2011! So, would this be the last hoorah for the handheld?

Well, not exactly, as not only were major games like Metroid: Samus Returns unveiled, Reggie Fils-Aime said to IGN that they plan on supporting the handheld…beyond 2018!

“We’re going to continue to bring new content, and that’s what’s going to keep this device vibrant and keep it going well into 2018 and beyond.”

How will they do that? Well, games is the first part, and they have a full lineup for the rest of this year, and if they’re serious about 2018 and beyond, they’ll be announcing more soon. The other trick? 3DS style.


“The way we continue to make Nintendo 3DS vibrant as a platform is first we continue to innovate from form factor standpoint,” Fils-Aime said. “So the New 2DS XL is just the latest for us in having form factor innovation. We know colors are a key differentiator, consumers love the variety of different colors. And also the larger screen and the different form factor in the 2DS family, we think is a going to drive and continue to drive the 3DS platform.”

What do you think? Can the 3DS go the distance with this style? Let us know in the comments below. And check out our thoughts on E3 via the latest episode of the Nintendo Entertainment Podcast!

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Todd Black

A self-proclaimed Nintendo fanboy, born, bred, and Mushroom fed! He’s owned every Nintendo handheld and every console since the SNES. He loved games so much he went and got a video game degree and dreams of writing video game stories