Nintendo Not Dropping Support For Wii U And 3DS When NX Comes Out

WiiU&3DSAs we all know, some major changes are going on at Nintendo and among those changes is new hardware. Earlier this year, Nintendo announced that their next system, codenamed NX, is in development right now. They also told us we’ll get a reveal sometime in 2016. While the rumors and hints from Nintendo about the direction they’re taking their new hardware is exciting, there are many people who are worried their older hardware will be killed off too soon. During the recent investors meeting, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata addressed these fears claiming they’ll continue to support the Wii U and 3DS when the NX comes out.

Regarding your concern about what will happen to Wii U or what will happen to Nintendo 3DS, NX is a new platform, so the installed base will have to be built up from zero. When NX is launched, there already will be a certain volume of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U hardware widely existing in the market, so from a software business perspective, it would be highly inefficient to stop releasing titles for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U right after the launch of NX. Therefore, while we are preparing NX for the future, we are discussing within our internal development teams as well as with the second-party developers we co-develop software with and also with third-party software publishers about how to continue creating software for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. So, I believe that your point of concern should not happen immediately. As for Wii U, we will continue to make efforts, as it is a priority within the company to think about how we can satisfy the consumers who purchased this system to the maximum extent possible.

Admittedly, while I’m excited for the future, I’m worried about the Wii U and 3DS and didn’t want to see them kill these platforms off too early. I’m glad to hear that they’ll still be supporting the older hardware after the newer hardware comes out. The Wii U hasn’t even been on the market 3 years and the New 3DS just came out. I want to get at least another 2 years out of both. That said, he didn’t state how long the support will last. Here’s hoping it’ll be at least till 2017!

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  1. No offence to Nintendo, but I think we’ve heard this before. Didn’t they say similar stuff before the Wii U, right when the Wii went through a long drought with no games? And isn’t much of this ‘not replacing’ stuff kind of like how the DS was meant to be a ‘third pillar’ instead of a Game Boy replacement?

    In other words, I’m hopeful they’ll stick to their word and not kill off 3DS and Wii U support, but their record with similar things says otherwise.

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