Now that the new Nintendo Switch console is out in the wild, Nintendo essentially has two portable devices on the market. However, both of them boast their own exclusive features. According to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, the Nintendo 3DS‘ key differentiator is its capability of offering glasses-free visuals. On the other hand, Nintendo Switch is a more powerful system that can support massive games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Interestingly, the latest duo of Pokémon games – Pokémon Sun and Moon – is played almost entirely without 3D.
“The 3DS is a fantastic machine with more than 1,000 games. Its key differentiator is the 3D immersive experience without need for glasses,” Fils-Aime said.
“But as good as that machine is, you can’t play a game like “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” on it. The power required — not only the computing power, but the graphics required for that game are just not available on a Nintendo 3DS. That makes it a different type of experience. That is how I would separate out those two systems. Certainly we see consumers wanting and needing both of the platforms.
“And, with a Nintendo 3DS, you can’t plug it in and display it out on your 50-plus inch big-screen TV. That home experience that you can take anywhere is the defining proposition of Nintendo Switch. The concept of never having to put a game down that you can play anywhere, anytime, as a gamer, is something you think about and want to have that experience.”
Source: The Washington Post