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Nintendo's 3DS isn't dead, but it is trapped in the Switch's shadow


This wasn’t the plan — at least not publically. After Nintendo revealed that the Switch was a hybrid portable, the obvious question bubbled to the surface: Is the new console going to replace the 3DS? The company said “no,” emphatically, and pushed out a short list of new releases that will keep 3DS owners happy in the short term.

Indeed, the 3DS has since seen the release of Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia, Poochy & Yoshi’s Wooly World. Revamped Pokemon games and a Pikmin spin-off are on the horizon too — but the company’s E3 offerings were almost completely devoid of new announcements for the stereoscopic handheld. In total, the company revealed just three new 3DS games for the show: a remake of Mario and Luigi: Superstar saga, a reimagining of the second Metroid game and a fast-paced sushi puzzle game.