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Nintendo wants to support the 3DS beyond 2018

NoA chief Reggie Fils-Aime on the handheld's prognosis.

If you thought that Nintendo was planning on putting the 3DS out to pasture now that they've released the Switch, you'd be very much mistaken. According to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, the company plans to support the handheld device beyond 2018.

"We're going to continue to bring new content, and that's what's going to keep this device vibrant and keep it going well into 2018 and beyond," Fils-Aime told IGN.

But what of the Nintendo Switch? It's a console, but it's also portable. With that in mind, does Reggie think that the two can sit side-by-side?

"But look, in the end, what we want is we want the consumer to call it their device, right? Their preferred gaming device that they can play fantastic Zelda, Mario, third-party content, all of their favourite franchises brought to life on the platform. That's what we want. And we're greedy and we want Nintendo 3DS right alongside it."

The next entry in the DS family, the New 2DS XL, will launch on July 28.