Nintendo: 3DS sales "contracted faster than we expected"

Alfred Osborne
February 10, 2019

As reported by the Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki, Nintendo has confirmed that it hasn't announced everything that will be coming to the Switch in its 2019 fiscal year, which starts on April 1, 2019 and ends March 31, 2020. In theory, the as-yet unannounced game could launch on April 2, 2019 or not until next year.

"Our basic policy is to proceed with both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS in our dedicated video game platform business", Mr. Furukawa said in a recent Nintendo FYQ3'18 Q&A.

Nintendo's President Made it clear that the company will be trying to push for this to be more common from here on.

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We are not disclosing details by each membership plan but among consumers who have purchased memberships, however, a growing percentage is now opting for shorter plans like the one-month membership. The handheld still has a massive 74 million install base that can be squeezed a little more, and Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa says the 3DS will continue living alongside the Switch. Those games could previously be played online with no subscription before being gated by a monthly or yearly fee, but Nintendo included a library of NES games and cloud storage capabilities to the deal.

In Nintendo's Q & A summary for its fiscal year ending March 2019, Nintendo Entertainment Planning and Development general manager Shinya Takahashi responded to a question about Nintendo's process for software development, saying "I have heard some people say we have a tendency towards slow development, but that's certainly not true in every case".

"And from the viewpoint of our full-year unit sales forecast for this fiscal year, while we expected that releasing titles during the holiday season would help to increase sales, the year-on-year sales increase during the first half of the fiscal year turned out not big enough, which also affected the revision of the unit forecast as we looked back now".

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