Even earlier than the Change launched, Nintendo stated it wasn’t going to desert the 3DS as a platform. Then the Change offered thousands and thousands and appears like it should proceed to do properly, however Nintendo stayed true to its phrase. The 3DS is not being deserted, and it is even receiving one other refresh within the type of the 2DS XL arriving in late July.
Nevertheless, whereas Nintendo continues to be be backing the 2DS/3DS, key builders could also be beginning to transfer away. The primary is Clever Methods, a developer greatest identified for the Fireplace Emblem and Paper Mario video games, though we will not overlook additionally they created the Advance Wars collection.
Clever Methods’ newest launch for the 3DS is Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, which arrives subsequent week in Japan and on Might 19 within the US and throughout Europe. It is the third Fireplace Emblem title developer for the 3DS, but it surely’s additionally the final. Based on Japanese Nintendo, Fireplace Emblem producer Hitoshi Yamagami states within the June 2017 problems with Japanese publication Dengeki Nintendo, that this can most likely be the final Fireplace Emblem on the hand-held.
I do not assume he wanted to make use of the phrase “most likely” as this seems fairly particular. You solely must look to the place the following foremost entry within the Fireplace Emblem collection is ready to look: the Nintendo Change. With gross sales predicted to hit 13 million by the tip of the following monetary yr, a Fireplace Emblem sport is certain to promote extraordinarily properly. That may tie Clever Methods to Change and Nintendo will definitely encourage them to remain there.
It is true that the 3DS is constant to promote, however that is an outdated platform that can attain end-of-life standing a lot earlier than the Change. Builders go the place the gamers are, and that clearly seems to be Change for the following few years. And when you think about video games take between one and three years to make, who may confidently wager on the 3DS nonetheless being viable come 2020?