Nintendo Basically Confirms That Its Support Of The 3DS Is Over
You might have read a fair bit about Nintendo and its various releases over both these pages and those of our pals at UNILAD Gaming of late, and that's mostly because of a recent financial briefing that dished out a wealth of new information, relating to sales figures, future games and more.
This little nugget of info, though, we've left 'til now - because, frankly, it's upsetting and it's taken me the weekend to properly process it. Now, anyone who knows me knows I am a big fan of the 3DS - it's basically a video game time machine with a library that just about beats any other system in history, once you factor in the Virtual Console library (hello, NES, SNES and Game Boy beauties) and backwards compatibility with DS titles.
Back in January, I wrote about why you should still hold onto your 3DS in 2019, even with the Switch becoming an all-conquering behemoth of a machine; and some three years ago, for another outlet (hiss, spit, etc), I wrote about why the 3DS is the greatest handheld console of all time. As much as I love the Switch, its hybrid nature ensures that statement remains true.
Suffice to say: it's a legendary handheld, and no mistake. But Nintendo made no mention of the console at all in its recent briefing, leading to Kotaku to email the company to find out what was what. The reply they received, from a spokesperson:
"We have nothing new to announce regarding first-party software for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. We can confirm that new software is coming from third-party publishers."
New software like the imminent Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, a dungeon-crawling RPG set in the Persona universe (obvs, but specifically relating to Personas 3, 4 and 5) that I'm very much looking forward to (check out its latest trailer, above). It's out on 4 June, and according to releases.com there's also more to come from the Shovel Knight series, a title called RISE: Race the Future set for 2019, and a whole heap of release-date-TBCs on the horizon including Monster Tale Ultimate. Limited Run Games also has something up its sleeve.
With no Nintendo-made games on the slate, it seems that the March-released Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn represents the final first-party title for the 3DS. Its strong review scores suggest it's not a bad way for the handheld to bow out (kinda), but still: it's not really in the same league as a swansong release in the Mario or Zelda series, is it?
But who really knows, here? Perhaps Nintendo will surprise us all and release its remake of Link's Awakening for the 3DS as well as the Switch (mmm, check out that trailer above) - to look at it, the update of the Game Boy classic might work on the dual-screened system. Maybe? Okay, yes, that's a stretch. I'm mourning, okay? Let me mourn. At least we'll always have Ghost Trick.
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