Since 1980 Nintendo has held a monopoly on handheld gaming. From the Gameboy Color all the way to the New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo has had minimal competition in this market. With the release of the Nintendo Switch on March 3, 2017 many questions have arisen. Being the world’s first “hybrid console”, since it’s both handheld and a console that can be played through the television, it really shakes up the world of gaming. Having the New Nintendo 3DS and the Switch can possibly result in Nintendo competing with itself and causing self-cannibalization. So, what’s the next move for them?
A lot of 3DS owners only have them to play one of the world’s most famous and profitable franchises, Pokémon. Game Freak, the developer behind Pokémon, has recently announced that Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, released on November 17, 2017, would be the last main title released for the New 3DS. All games after that will be released on the Nintendo Switch. In my opinion, this may not be the most profitable at first, but it will be in the future.
There are several reasons why I believe that it will not be profitable right away. The original price point of the New Nintendo 3DS was $199.99 and the price of the Nintendo Switch is $300. That doesn’t sound so bad, except for the fact that the New Nintendo 3DS only has a resale value of $60. That doesn’t put a huge dent in the cost of buying a Switch. In the first 3 months the Switch sold 4.7 million units, while the New Nintendo 3DS sold 4.3 million units in the first 3 months.
Nintendo moving everything over to the Switch has its advantages and disadvantages. Obviously, the graphics would be way better on the Switch. The Switch also has a much better multiplayer interface than the 3DS. The Switch has also been experiencing some problems that might make people not want to buy it right away. There have been multiple cases of the controllers (joy-cons) not connecting to the system. Also, the charging points have not worked for many Switch owners. There have even been some cases of Switches not turning on.
How is Nintendo going to handle this switch? They could do some kind of trade-in deal for 3DSs’ for more money. Nintendo could also just count on 3DS players to splash out the cash and switch to the switch. Another probable thing is for them to just discontinue 3DS games. So what do you think? The switch over sounds messy but will it be worth it in the end?