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Re: Nintendo 3DS

Postby Infinity's End » 09.05.16 9:46pm

Nintendo 3DS Direct, aka "The Wii U is fucking dead so here are some Wii U ports to salvage losses"
QFT. They could have easily showed a few of these titles at E3... E3 was such a bullshit waste of time and resources. They couldn't have had a worse show. One game carried their entire presence there? I don't fucking think so.
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Re: Nintendo 3DS

Postby Apothem » 09.06.16 8:27pm

One game that wasn't due out for nearly a year by the time of the event, a game already extensively shown well beforehand, and designed primarily for a platform they haven't yet officially announced or divulged anything meaningful about, and that could still very realistically be delayed even further. E3 has always been about prospective products, but most of them are considerably more tangible than what Nintendo had to offer. Basically Nintendo's whole showing was "We'd really like you to buy an NX! See you in 2017! Maybe! kthxbye!"
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Re: Nintendo 3DS

Postby Zynux » 07.13.17 8:45pm

Nintendo has ceased production of the standard New 3DS in Japan.

https://www.nintendo.co.jp/hardware/3ds ... index.html
https://mynintendonews.com/2017/07/13/p ... tendo-3ds/


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Re: Nintendo 3DS

Postby Apothem » 07.14.17 1:01am

The 3DS is - soon to be - Dead! Long live the 3DS!

The system's had a good run. It's time to wind things down. Unless the Switch spontaneously tanks out of nowhere it's now time for Nintendo to consolidate their efforts. Switch still has a rocky road ahead of it. Most third parties, particularly western developers, are predictably not forthcoming with support. It's up against stiff, almost overwhelming competition from Sony and there's no telling just how the XB1X will fare at market. It has a good first year planned but will need continued support. Nintendo had to sacrifice their last system to make this year's lineup happen. They can't afford one good year every two or three mediocre years. They've never been able to float a system entirely on their own before, but without the distraction of the 3DS they should have the resources and manpower to make most years far more eventful for Switch then any of their previous systems. Only time will tell, but hopefully as the 3DS fades the Switch will shine all the brighter for it.
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Re: Nintendo 3DS

Postby TheChosenOne » 07.14.17 8:36am

It depends on how much Nintendo is willing to accept the fact that people who were waiting all this time to buy a 3DS are now waiting to buy a Switch instead. Despite Nintendo's claims that it's a console, a lot of people seem to view the Switch specifically as a handheld, which means it's starting to eat into the 3DS's credibility. Why buy the Nintendo handheld system with less power than a GameCube when you can buy one that's just a generation behind current consoles (roughly)? There are reasons, of course - the 3DS is cheaper, you can actually find one, and it already has an extensive library - but I just don't see it lasting long into the Switch's lifespan.

One thing that may be a problem for increasing developer support though is the Switch's added power. The 3DS, being relatively underpowered, is a bit easier for developers to invest time in. In general, the projects don't take as long and don't require as many resources, so developers are more willing to allow a small team to form and work on side projects while a larger team develops a big blockbuster. I feel like with the Switch, developers will feel pressured to make bigger titles demanding the application of more resources, and because it's not up to the power level of the PS4 or XBone, they can't develop games in the same way. That means you'll get developers with limited resources who have to decide whether or not they want to develop a game exclusively for the Switch, and that's a much harder sell than getting people to develop small 3DS games alongside major console titles. Honestly, there's not a good reason the traditional handheld-style titles need to die with the 3DS, other than the usual big reason - bigger games sell better. That's part of why I'm pleased the Switch is showing good indie support - it provides evidence that there's still a market for games that don't push hardware to the limit. But it's still going to be tough for the Switch to gain the same software support as the 3DS.
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Re: Nintendo 3DS

Postby Apothem » 07.14.17 11:03am

I've thought the exact same thing for some time now. However, smaller titles have flourished on consoles before. There's no reason why handheld-styled games can't find purchase on the Switch. That's largely going to be up to the systems demographics. If the Switch is fairly popular as both handheld and home console it should be well supported in both respects with software that caters to either play style. If most people prefer it more one way than the other we'll most likely see support shift accordingly. If Nintendo has done anything well its cultivate an audience that doesn't prioritize hardware power and flashy graphics. I don't see handheld developers having too troubling a time with the transition.
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Re: Nintendo 3DS

Postby ZebesBound » 07.17.17 7:26pm

Are you guys forgetting the New 2DS XL? It's the perfect version as far as I'm concerned (I've never once used 3D, and the old 2DS was too cheap/non-clamshell).

The beginning of the end for the 3DS will be the release of a next gen Pokemon exclusively on Switch.


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Re: Nintendo 3DS

Postby Zynux » 07.17.17 9:54pm

The XL and 2DS XL are still around. But I do think cutting off the Standard Model for both the 2DS and now 3DS is truly the beginning of them cutting support. Mainstream Pokemon on the Switch will be the final nail and point of no return.
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Re: Nintendo 3DS

Postby Apothem » 07.18.17 5:13am

It's a process, as it has always been. Support doesn't just spontaneously stop. It winds down over time. How long that takes differs.
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