We’ve reported about the announcement of the incoming Nintendo Switch Lite, which is releasing on September 20, 2019 for the price of $199,99. Looking at that price and how smaller it is in comparison with the original Switch model, you would be led to think it is a Nintendo 3DS replacement.
Nintendo doesn’t look to see it like this, as Nintendo of America’s president and CEO Doug Bowser has shared that the company will support the 3DS family of systems until it has demand coming from the customers.
“We’ll continue to support our 3DS family of systems as long as there is demand,” Bowser told The Verge, perhaps talking about the production of the consoles themselves and not the quality of support they’re going to receive along the way.
Nintendo has already confirmed it is not working on first-party games for the 3DS family and it’s likely not changing those plans anytime soon, but before the platform gets discontinued it will take a long while, we guess.
The Switch Lite is $100 cheaper than the base hardware at $199.99, which is the same price as the highest-end 3DS. The entry-level 2DS is just $79,99, and that price still makes it the most appealing console a family would purchase for a kid to play video games.
On top of that, there have been rumors of a more powerful Nintendo Switch ‘Pro’ model, that was expected to release later this year but apparently won’t be coming so fast.